For the Cultivating Common Ground project, middle and high school youth from the Wilmore neighborhood in Charlotte, NC, interviewed the senior citizens who work in their neighborhood's community garden. The teens documented the seniors' life stories and their interest in gardening on video and audio and also through photography. Additional materials available in the Department of Special Collections, Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte include a book, a student-produced video and promotional material. The project was funded by a grant from the Community Cultural Connections Program of the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. and the Grassroots Grant Program of the North Carolina Arts Council. Additional support came from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Enterprise Foundation, the Junior League of Charlotte, Winghaven Gardens and private donors. June Blotnick, currently Executive Director of Clean Air Carolina, was the director of the project.
Homepage: Melvin Young with Willie Coleman, photographed by Nancy Pierce, 2002. http://www.nancypiercephoto.com/
Right: Photograph by June Blotnick, 2002.