INITIATIVES & PROJECTS
Grow Gillespie is dedicated to a five-year vision plan for the revitalization of the downtown district that includes the following initiatives and projects.
In 2018, Grow Gillespie adopted a strategic action plan that identified streetscape improvements as a top priority to support a livable and economically healthy downtown. Our vision plans support the streetscape experience as we work diligently towards transforming the downtown public realm into a cohesive, inviting and thriving environment that benefits the community.
Founded by local artist Genece Hamby, the gallery connects you with other local and regional artists. With a wide variety of styles and mediums, the gallery offers art for every taste and budget. Plus, the gallery provides a friendly and personalized experience every time you walk in the door. Whether you are a first-time art buyer or an experienced collector, you can expect a warm and informative tour of new local art.
MISSION: to promote and exhibit art produced by the region’s emerging and established artists while engaging, enriching, and inspiring the community to appreciate the importance of art.
VISION: Our vision is a community shaped and enhanced by the region’s artists, who reflect and influence our evolving, inclusive, and multifaceted culture.
VALUES: We believe in the power of artists and art, their impact, and the importance of:
engaging a diverse community through equity, inclusion, and accessibility
authenticity, creativity, and individual excellence
transparency and creative problem solving
empathy, civility, and respect
mindfulness, intentionality, and thoughtfulness
collaboration and innovation
cultivating and supporting the next generation of artists.
A giving garden is a direct way to assist our community towards ending poverty. With no paid staff, Gillespie volunteers take care of The Colonial Giving Garden, located at the intersection of Chestnut and Montgomery streets. The produce goes to the Nutrition Center and IVEDC lunch program. This season, the garden is growing green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers. Recently, a fence was built around the garden with the help from some of the GHS football team.