A Portrait Of Middle America
USA, Kentucky, Paducah, 2014
The Ohio river surrounded by a flood wall with historical murals - calm and slow at that time, a grand view of Columbia Theatre, the Broadway Street with few people walking, cosy streets and houses, gardens, various studios and galleries of artists - efforts to redeem and to re-create the area continue.
Lower Town of Paducah was the first to pull itself up by its bootstraps. That incentive continues today with the Artist Relocation Program, which encourages artists to buy city-owned properties in decaying areas and renovate them into homes. They call them houses for one dollar. It has become a national model for using arts for economic development. Art is essential in our life, and in Paducah people use art to renovate the city and to create a new life.