Winchester paints its legacy

Published 5:32 pm Monday, June 6, 2022

Winchester resident Alyshia Powell Martin often takes her five-month-old daughter Mary Katherine to Legacy Grove Park for walks.

On Saturday Martin brought her baby girl to the park to paint a little corner of their shared legacy.

“I thought it would be nice to leave our legacy and even with a five-month old bringing her out here and let her know that she had a part in a making our community a little more beautiful ,” said Martin, who is also a Legacy Greenscapes board member.

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The Martins were two of several community members who came out this past weekend to help paint a community mural at the “Paint Our Legacy” event hosted by the Leeds Center for the Arts Youth Board.

The youth board is made of 13 teens from around central Kentucky who have a passion for the arts and making a difference in the community. In the past the board has hosted events such as a social justice sewing academy, done public art and performed a play about the area.

In an interview with the Sun published last Friday, two youth board members said that the purpose of the project was to promote unity in the community.

Erin Cain from nearby Bourbon County said she saw that happen on Saturday due to the diverse turnout.

“It is super cool. I love seeing people from the community coming together. I think that is why we wanted to do a project like this,” Cain said.

By coming to paint together the hope is that the community will strive to improve together.

“Our mural is about growth. That is why there are a bunch of flowers and roots. We wanted something that everyone could be a part of and that everyone could join,” Cain said.

Youth board members painted and helped out with the different stations at the event, including a bubble blowing booth. They also took photos.

Charlie Preston of Georgetown said snapping pictures was his favorite part of the day.

“Photography is my thing and just seeing all of this happening and taking all of these photos makes me happy,” Preston said.

Joslyn Jaeger is from Winchester and can’t remember a project like “Paint Our Legacy” ever being attempted in the area. She said she thinks that the mural will compliment the park.

“I remember when they were building Legacy Grove and watching it grow–which is what our mural is about–watching it grow into something community-filled and having this event where everyone can come together and make their park on this part of city is so cool,” Jaeger said.

The meaning of art is subject but for the Martins the mural already has meaning: it gives them something to look forward to seeing on their walks.

“We have seen this white wall for so long and to see some color on it is just going to be an exciting part of our walk,” Alyshia Martin said.