Over the years funding for the arts has seemed to unfortunately get cut out of schools and communities across the country.
Back in 2019, voters in Mecklenburg County voted down a sales tax that would have brought in millions of dollars to the county’s art sector.
Watching this happen and knowing the value of art has been disheartening for Michelle “Bunny” Gregory.
Art has been infused in Gregory since she was a kid.
“I would redo the furniture and just whatever,” she said.
Gregory grew up on Charlotte’s west side, and while she loved art, she admits she stuck out from the rest.
“I was the weird kid,” she said. “Even my friends and family, that’s how they referred to me as, ‘Oh she’s so weird or she’s just different.’”
She didn’t want other Black and brown kids who enjoyed art to feel that way, so 12 years ago she created The Underground.