Artist: Catherine Brinkley
Medium: photography

Artist’s statement:

These photos are an effort to pay final respects to the public schools that are being euthanized this year. The Philadelphia School District closed 8 schools last year, closed over 20 this year, and rumor has it they are going to propose 30 more closures next year. I cannot help but feel the loss of neighborhood public schools as an amenity and focal point for community activity. At the same time, there is so much room for improvement in our school buildings and community organization around them; many of the buildings have been the cornerstones of their neighborhoods for nearly a century. This photo exhibit is meant to pay homage to all that these schools were and could have been- and to acknowledge what we are losing.