Building each
other up

Grounded is focused on using art to advocate for non-violence and advance education as a tool for change, growth, and transformation in Memphis. We are creating healing content to spark mindfulness and self-activation around the most pressing issues faced by children, families, underserved communities, and those affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences .

We honor our city’s history and culture to create programming and resources to help frame the challenges our communities have faced in the past and continue to face now.

Empower, Create, Strengthen

Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The impact of poverty and crime creates long-lasting wounds visible through adverse childhood experiences and adverse community experiences. ACEs refer to abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction such as parental mental illness or substance abuse experienced in childhood.



Household Dysfunction

According to the Center for Youth Wellness the effects of ACEs include increased chances of developing:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • STDs
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • COPD and broken bones
  • Suicidal behavior

ACEs are also associated with behaviors such as smoking, alcoholism and drug abuse, as well as lower graduation rates and academic achievement.

Grounded is focusing on helping people acknowledge the effects of ACEs and take steps as a community to overcome the impact through art and mindfulness.

Our Theory of Change Pillars

We use consciousness, community building, and culture to transform cities through mindful art.


Helping students and young people acknowledge their inner voice and emotions is the first step to changing actions and perspective.

By listening to their interests and passions, we help students affected by ACEs to develop a new awareness in themselves, their decisions, their futures and communities.


When students pay attention to their passions and have an elevated awareness of themselves, they can work collaboratively and act as positive influences for each other.

We create a feeling of community and use it to develop unity, trust, and emotional openness that breeds a culture of self-expression and healing.


Self awareness and a sense of community work to change the actions and relationships in the students' communities. As students change through mindfulness and self-expression, there are pronounced shifts in the culture around them and their day-to-day lives.