Hometown Hero: Sarah Smitha

Story by Rocko Jerome | Photo submitted


Sarah Smitha
Founder of Front Yard Art Show

It all started with a tongue in cheek post on Facebook. “It all happened by accident,” Sarah Smitha recalls. “It was around the second week of March when the dread from social distancing was starting to set in. I just said in a post, ‘Hey, why doesn’t everybody decorate the outside of your house and create art in your yard, and we can all drive around to look at it?” The idea grew and grew and was shared by many. It quickly became apparent this was no passing fancy. Sarah recalls, “I was kind of waiting for someone to take the reins and make it a full project. It turned out that I was that someone.” 

And so, the first Front Yard Art Show Lex was born, a grassroots, all word of mouth campaign in which over 150 people participated in filling their yards with their art for the passerby to see. A Google form for submissions and descriptions of locations around town led to a handy Google map, and over the last weekend of March, over 1000 people drove around to take a look at all the creativity Lexington had to offer. “The response has been so overwhelming. It turned out beautifully and was so cathartic.” Sarah said.

It was such a success that Sarah plans to lead the effort once again with a show over Mother’s Day Weekend. You can find out more and even participate via the Front Yard Art Show Lex 2 Facebook event page. After you check that out, be sure to check out Candy Mountain Music. That’s Sarah’s interactive music and movement program for kids aged 1 to 7.