The arts are blossoming in Selma with the new arts exhibition, “Joy Unfiltered.” The exhibition is the second to be hosted by the Youth in Art Initiative, a youth arts group founded by Smithfield-Selma High School IB student Courtney Lassiter. Lassiter’s last exhibition with the Youth in Art Initiative in November, titled “Pieces of Us,” was a success, and resulted in multiple art pieces being sold and over 100 members of the community attending throughout the day. As a young artist herself, whose art has been showcased from Minneapolis to the US Capitol, Lassiter was inspired to offer opportunities for the creatives in her area. Recently, she did a TEDx Talk in Raleigh, titled “The Art of Art Careers.” “I’ve always wanted the youth to feel as if they have a place in the world of art,” Lassiter says. “Joy Unfiltered” will be held Saturday, March 25 from 3-6PM at 111 E. Oak St. in Selma, NC as a free art exhibition open to the community. For more information, visit the Youth in Art Initiative’s website courtneylassiterart.wixsite.com/youthinartinitiative, or their Instagram page @youthinartinitiative.