Can art play an important role in promoting a call to action by educating the public and raising awareness? We believe that Region4: Transformation Through Imagination, an exhibition organized in 2012 by oconnorartLLC and the Superfund Art Project did just that.
The current exhibition, Region4.1.0: Remediation, is a report card on the progress that has been made and the problems that remain to be addressed. We haven’t forgotten what’s at stake and wish to remind the citizens of our community that to get results we have to educate ourselves and take appropriate action to protect our health and safety and to insure the sustainability of our homes, our neighborhoods, and the natural resources that we enjoy.
After decades of frustration and delay, remediation has finally begun on the Koppers Superfund Site located near the Stephen Foster Neighborhood in Northeast Gainesville, Florida. As of February 2014, there were 1,322 Superfund sites on the EPA National Priorities List. Of those, 375 have so far been cleaned up. No wonder it has taken over three decades to bring environmental justice to the Stephen Foster Neighborhood.