Congratulations to these selected artists. Pictured (front row, from left) are Lindsey Manning and Lillian Raprager; and (back row, from left) Delanna Jordan and Amiyah Bolder. Not pictured: Samantha Hill. These Mitchell College students/alumni have received a wooden canvas and paint supplies, courtesy of Speedball Art Products, to create the colorful messages that will be featured in the outdoor art exhibit, “Growing a Positive Voice,” at the Statesville Family YMCA Learning Garden. They will be compensated for their talents by the Grassroots Art Grant.

Special to Iredell Free News

The Cultivation Garden Program at the Statesville Family YMCA has been awarded the Grassroots Art Program Grant for 2022. This grant will be used to partner with Mitchell Community College students to create an outdoor art exhibit titled “Growing a Positive Voice.”

The “Growing a Positive Voice” exhibit will feature colorfully painted, uplifting messages designed to empower the YMCA community to enjoy outdoor space while cultivating perspectives of kindness toward themselves and others. This artful combination of word and image displayed in a growing garden setting, make the values of kindness come alive.

The Cultivation Garden Program will host a public showing of the “Growing a Positive Voice” exhibit on Monday, June 13, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Statesville Family YMCA, located at 828 Wesley Drive.


For more details, please contact Melinda Spencer at

1 thought on “Cultivation Garden Program awarded 2022 Grassroots Art Grant

  1. Ross Warren says:

    Good for them! Will be interesting to see their work. Nice project! And thanks to Speedball and all the organizations involved.

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