A Photo Story by Melanie Deas (Featuring Doyce Deas)
"My story is about what it takes to 'grow' a strong community, nurture it and to keep it going. LINK Centre is a place that is open to everyone. We are 'home' to the arts and social services. And part of this week has been finding and renewing those connections to each other.
As we've been talking about 'weeding' and 'nurturing' and 'making room for growth', I came home and saw this little sign I took from my grandmother's house that says, 'Please pick the weeds'.
It's important to take those opportunities when they're presented, to share the things that we have in common as opposed to the things that divide us."
I'm proud of my mother's years of service in Tupelo, and hope her legacy will continue through the many seeds she has planted."
- Melanie Deas, Executive Director, LINK Centre
LINK's Open Doors Project, conversations about race and reconciliation, will start up again in the winter (sponsored by Mississippi Humanities Council) - link-centre.org/open-doors-project link-centre.org
For more information or to Donate or Volunteer, contact Melanie Deas - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 662-690-4011
To volunteer with Doyce Deas in any number of community gardens around Tupelo, including First Prebyterian Church, email email@example.com
"Like" and "Share” Melanie's story to celebrate #brightspots during the Mississippi Bicentennial #MS200 #tupelospirit #mytupelo #tendingourtupelogarden #storytellerstate
Tupelo is one of ten cities elected to participate in “Celebrating Storytelling”, a Mississippi Bicentennial project that will culminate with 100 community voices.
In August 2017, community leaders produced a series of eight photo documentaries, highlighting people and initiatives that have built Tupelo from its beginnings. The event was a unique occasion to celebrate aspects of “Tupelo spirit” that have carried the community from generation to generation, and to define new pathways forward.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Renasant Bank, CREATE Foundation, Community Development Foundation, Link Centre, My Tupelo, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Elvis Presley Birthplace, Mitch McCamey, The Selby and Richard McRae Foundation; with additional support from Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, Jason Shelton for Mayor of Tupelo, EP Natalie Irby/ Corner to Corner Productions; Producers Alison Fast, Chandler Griffin, Aaron Phillips
“Celebrating Storytelling” is a project of Blue Magnolia Films/ Corner to Corner Productions in partnership with Barefoot Workshops.