ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- One of the oldest neighborhoods in Rochester has a new spirit.
Not too long ago, the streets of the Corn Hill neighborhood were some of the most rundown in the city. That was until the Corn Hill Neighbors Association launched the Annual Corn Hill Art Festival to revitalize the neighborhood.
"When you see something like this, everyone can come together, smiling,” said Damone Jackson, a musician. “It's a nice day. Everyone is together, everyone loves each other. That's what it’s all about."
More than 350 artists from across North America came to the festival, which is just shy of its 50th year.
While many artists displaying their work came in hopes of selling the fruits of their labors, some like Chloe Smith, a local chalk artist were just there for the atmosphere. The Springville native majored in illustration at RIT. On Sunday, she demonstrated her skills through sidewalk chalk.
"A lot of people are very interested in art in general, and they like to see it in progress. It's a nice scene, everyone is very cool," said Smith. "It's more about the process, the experience, the interaction with the people. It's nice to see people's response afterwards. And I get to take a picture so, that’s all you really need."