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Poverty & the Arts (POVA) provides individuals impacted by homelessness who have an artistic background or desire to engage in a creative outlet the opportunity to create and sell artwork by offering them a variety of art supplies, facilitating artistic workshops, maintaining consistent open studio hours and participating in a variety of exhibitions and events with community partners throughout the year. Through engagement in our POVA Artist Collective program, artists earn creative supplemental income which gives them greater autonomy in their day-to-day lives when many people experiencing homelessness struggle maintaining traditional 40 hour/week jobs due to criminal history, physical/mental disability, and/or trauma. They also gain valuable entrepreneurial and social skills, allowing them access to better jobs, increased housing stability, and opportunities to build the necessary social security networks to remain out of homelessness.
Hispanic immigrants are dramatically changing the demographic and economic landscape of Tennessee. Today, Nashville/Davidson County’s Hispanic population exceeds 62,000 with strong population growth in the Middle Tennessee suburban areas. Each county surrounding Davidson County saw the Hispanic population double between 2000 and 2010.
The Hispanic Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Hispanic families in Middle Tennessee. We work through our platforms of— Economic, Education, Social Services, Advocacy and Culture—to provide programs that strengthen the Nashville Hispanic community.
Choral Arts Link (CAL), as an organization, works to preserve a tradition and discipline of choral development by providing children the opportunity to develop leadership skills, to enhance their education, and to grow artistically and professionally.
The MET Singers , is the signature program for CAL and is described as a middle Tennessee jewel. The MET Singers are an extraordinary honor choir that showcases the wealth of talent and opportunity that public education can offer children.
Founded in 1997, The MET Singers Honor Choir consists of students in grades 4 – 12. Under the direction of Margaret Campbelle Holman and an all-volunteer faculty, The MET Singers have performed regularly with The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, lending its voices to the annual Let Freedom Sing concert honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The choir consists of up to 75 youth from public, private, charter and home school settings throughout middle Tennessee.
Being barefoot is a sign of vulnerability, our humanity, as well as a sign of our brokenness. It is only when we admit that we are barefoot, that we are able to comprehend our need and receive God’s provision. We consider our cabin groups republics – small communities comprised of kids from all nations who come together as a united family. During each session, every republic decides on its own name, working together to find common ground and quickly forging a new, common identity. Barefoot Republic is a vehicle of hope. Barefoot will offer a glimpse of Heaven to a population of kids in need of the ability to dream of what God can do with their lives by uniting them with their parents, community and the church to help define His eternal purpose for each one of them.
The Edie Hand Foundation had it’s beginnings after Edie Hand experienced some personal trials and challenges in her life. While in her 20’s she first experienced Cancer and then the loss of her three young brothers. Two died in auto accidents and her brother Terry had a brain aneurysm. Other episodes of Cancer followed; but through her personal strength, prayers, and medical attention she survived and committed a great portion of her time to helping others that faced challenges in their lives. That created the basis for the foundation’s focus. The main goal is to give back to the community and to encourage acts of kindness and generosity. In an effort to pay it forward and leave a legacy for community involvement, Edie founded the Edie Hand Foundation after the loss of her three young brothers and her own three battles with cancer.
The non-profit organization contributes not only funds but many volunteer hours to help out in hospitals, participate in local and regional events such as the Edie Hand Celebrity Golf Tournament to help special needs children, and seasonal television specials. In addition to those efforts events are held separately or in conjunction with other organizations to raise money and awareness of the foundation’s efforts.Each Christmas season Edie Hand has a Christmas Television Special that brings together Nashville stars, special friends and many of the children who are recipients of Foundation gifts.
All About Women
For more than a decade, All About Women has connected women with free, engaging resources to balance their lives and improve their health. After reading the first Women’s Health Report Card, Sally Smallwood founded All About Women with a group of volunteers to help women to take care of ourselves and make all of us healthier. All About Women is unique because we connect women and service providers at in-person events and via social media to help improve their total well-being from mental and physical health to career resources, financial issues and more.
By serving as the direct link between these services and women, AAW creates a community of providers for women to obtain these and other resources they might not otherwise be able to access. Through this model, more women can be served through personal interaction, education and activities regardless of common barriers that would otherwise prevent them from accessing such services.
To date, All About Women has reached nearly 70,000 women through our events and website. All About Women, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. www.allaboutwomen.org
It was in 1993 that Patricia Cross first had the idea to offer classical ballet training to children who couldn’t afford it. She danced, taught, choreographed and directed dance programs for her entire career, but she knew this idea would be different than anything she had done before.
In 1998 Cross had the opportunity to offer a free dance summer program for 10 children at Exum Chapel in East Nashville. “As the boys and girls stepped up to the ballet barre in their newly purchased uniforms, they grew taller in their bodies and spirits,” she remembers. “They clearly wanted to learn how to dance and after that summer I knew I had to provide this opportunity for more children.”
In 1999, Rejoice School of Ballet was born as a non-profit organization. In the fall of 2000, 14 students walked in the door and a ballet school that offers excellent training to every student, no matter their ability to pay, began.
During the past 15 years more than 1,000 students from diverse backgrounds have received excellent dance education from a professional faculty in an environment focused on diversity and Christian formation. The whole dancer is respected and loved.
“A dance education teaches students much more than how to become good dancers,” Cross says. “Through dance children learn discipline, teamwork, goal setting, a healthy work ethic, the benefits of exercise and good nutrition and that they can excel at whatever they set their mind to.”
All dancers at Rejoice pay on an income-based sliding scale. Around 80 percent of our student pay $17 a month for classes, dancewear and costumes. www.rejoiceballet.com
In the years since September 11, 2001, a new generation of American military personnel has been deployed to war zones around the world. In a time of war, those called into the service of others often turn to spiritual resources for perspective and the strength to persevere. As individuals standing in harm’s way by the circumstances of war consider their eternal destiny, published materials that answer life’s tough questions are urgently needed and remain in especially high demand.
Strength for Service was brought back to life in 1998 by an Eagle Scout named Evan Hunsberger. After discovering a worn copy of the volume that had belonged to his World War II Corpsman grandfather, Hunsberger devoted himself to the republishing of Strength for Service. The original book had been published in 1942 by Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, an imprint of the Methodist Publishing House. A popular devotional for armed forces personnel during World War II and the Korean conflict, one million copies of Strength for Service had been distributed before the book fell out of print in the 1950s. Updating its contents only slightly to reflect contemporary language and culture, the newly republished volume remains true to its original spirit while adding reflections and devotions from contemporary religious leaders. Today, Strength for Service is available in three colors and a uniform new typesetting, acknowledging the old while addressing present day concerns. Strength for Service has found an audience in military personnel deployed throughout the world in a time of war; more than 300,000 copies have been distributed since Hunsberger’s original goal was achieved.
abrasiveMedia was founded in 2004. From 2004-2010, we hosted several art shows and community performances, held forums to partner artists with social justice-oriented organizations, and launched the Starving Artist Venture. In 2010 we realized that we need to either make abrasiveMedia into a sustainable organization, or close shop. We decided to press on.From 2010-2012, we began developing our Artist Residency programs. We took on two test-programs, and began offering classes in partnership with the Brick Factory (now Fort Houston). Our resident aerial & contemporary dance company, FALL, performed for over 1500 people at events such as the Nashville Sideshow Fringe Festival, Edgehill Artisan Fair, a variety of private events, and our own showcase. David Landry launched Th3 Anomaly, a graphic-novel based in fine arts in which each panel is a painting.
We accomplish our mission through an artist residency,
classes, outreach programs, and community events.
Since 2013, our artists have reached over 10,000 people.
In 2013, we began hosting our classes in Houston Station in a temporary 1700 sq ft facility. When we moved, our facility became the abrasiveMedia Center for Artists; there we have grown our weekly classes, expanded the artists in residence, hosted workshops and special events, and opened a small gallery space.In the spring of 2014 we will moved to our current 3000 sq ft facility, also in Houston Station. Here, we have grown our class and residency programs, as well as begun participating in the monthly art crawl. Over 4000 people have passed through our facility since opening… many even stayed awhile. We also launched our Community Outreach department, beginning with the Super Squad and continuing with Project:Awake.
In 2015, the development phase of Th3 Anomaly was completed, a 4.5 year process which resulted in 321 paintings depicting a fictional story based on Nicola Tesla’s inventions. FALL began the process of becoming a stand-alone entity, and we opened the Creative Cafe, offering drop-in studio time for visual and literary artists.
In the upcoming year, we will be growing our artist residency program, increasing our class options, and continuing to host some of the best events in town. abrasivemedia.org
October 2016: Women’s Survivor Alliance; Youth Villages; End Slavery TN; Governor’s Books from Birth; Thistle Farms
WOMEN’S SURVIVOR ALLIANCE The Women Survivors Alliance mission is to transform survivorship from a mood into a movement by empowering, educating, and connecting women whose lives have been touched by cancer. Our goal is to establish a network where women affected by cancer can find their voice, improve their quality of life, and embrace their 2nd Act. The Women Survivors Alliance has undertaken a national call to action to address the burdens of survivorship issues on women, their families, and by extension, society as a whole. It is a organization created BY women survivors FOR women survivors, providing three ribbons of support: SURVIVORville, this event brings together women survivors of all ages, all stages and all cancers where Education, motivation and life application are the focus; A is digital magazine NOU, for women survivors living a NEW+YOU life after cancer; and My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories From The Stage – a professionally produced stage featuring women survivors each reading their 5 minute inspiring stories of their life after a diagnosis. www.womensurvivorsalliance.org
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization serving some of the most vulnerable children and families in Middle Tennessee. The majority of these kids have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect and/or abandonment and as a result have extreme emotional, mental and behavioral issues who have been removed from their homes or are at-risk of being removed from their homes and placed in state custody. Once in our care, we provide counseling and placement services through programs that include residential treatment, intensive in-home services, group homes, therapeutic foster care, special needs adoption, YVLifeSet (serving youth aging our of foster care), specialized crisis services and mentoring. Our mission is to help children and families live successfully.
Youth Villages fiercely believes that building strong families is the answer. Our primary goal for each child in all of our programs is to have a functioning family and a safe, permanent home – returning to biological parents with counseling, finding a loving and nurturing foster/adoptive home, or with older youth, transitioning successfully into the community. This year we will help more than 5,000 children and families in Middle Tennessee out of offices that include Nashville, Cookeville, Columbia, Clarksville and Dickson.
Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. www.youthvillages.org
The mission of End Slavery Tennessee is to promote healing of human trafficking survivors and strategically confront slavery in our state. Our vision is to create a slave-free Tennessee, through training, aftercare, advocacy and prevention. In 2015, we spoke to 11,000 professionals and community members, training them to identify and get appropriate help for human trafficking victims they may encounter. We are the designated Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for all human trafficking referrals in Middle Tennessee. We provide long term, comprehensive, specialized aftercare for these survivors, through in-house services and connection to community service provider partners, using the tools and people best equipped to restore victims to wholeness. End Slavery Tennessee actively engages in prevention to help protect youth from falling prey to human traffickers and strategically addresses the systems in our state that allow the travesty of human trafficking to flourish. Our advocacy work includes work to strengthen human trafficking laws and the creation of tools that enable first responders to identify, track and work effectively with victims. We served 80 survivors in 2015 and are currently on track to double that number in 2016, as the influx of referrals continues to grow. www.endslaverytn.org
GOVERNOR’S BOOKS FROM BIRTH The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) was created in 2004 to allow Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to be available to every child in the state of Tennessee. Children from birth to age five are eligible to receive books at no cost to families, regardless of income. With funding support from the Tennessee General Assembly, various foundations, individual donors, small businesses and a host of private corporate partners, the GBBF matches all funds raised by each Imagination Library program in Tennessee – a dynamic public-private partnership unlike any other in the U.S. today. Our mission: We are building a foundation for reading and learning through books for Tennessee’s children. www.governorsfoundation.org
Thistle Farms is a powerful community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. We employ more 45 survivors through our social enterprises which include a Home & Body company, Thistle Stop Cafe, artisan studio, and Thistle Farms Global. Started in 1997 by Rev. Becca Stevens under the name Magdalene, Thistle Farms includes a two-year residential program and advocacy services for up to 700 women yearly. We provide education and training annually through speaking events and immersion workshops. Thistle Farms and Becca Stevens have been featured on numerous national platforms including the The Today Show, A Path Appears on PBS, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, and NPR. Thistle Farms stands for the truth that, in the end, love is the most powerful force for change in the world. www.thistlefarms.org
HEIMERDINGER FOUNDATION: The Heimerdinger Foundation, Inc was established in December 2011 in memory of Mike Heimerdinger, NFL Titans football coach. The vision and mission of the Foundation is to educate the Nashville community about proper nutrition, healthy meal options and provide nutrient rich organic meals to patients fighting cancer during a time when eating right can make all the difference. Each week teens work in the kitchen under the guidance of a chef. They prepare nourishing meals for cancer patients and learn about nutritious food, basic cooking skills, teamwork, and make a huge difference in someone’s life. The meals are delivered to our clients by volunteer delivery angels free of charge for the first three months of their treatment. The clients are supported by Client Liaisons who visit them at home and help them understand why organic whole foods can make a difference. Liaisons also stay in weekly communication with the clients to make sure the food is working for them in support of their body and treatments. Eight meals a week are delivered to each client in Davidson and Williamson Counties. The program seeks to create a caring community to support cancer patients and their caregivers while providing education on healthy food options.
The Heimerdinger Foundation, Inc. has served over 16,000 immune boosting, anti inflammatory meals to 125 clients since 2013. Many of our clients have noticed an increase in strength and energy, improved their tolerance to treatments, recuperated faster after their treatments, and their overall well-being was enhanced. For people living with cancer, good nutrition can help support their immune system, preserve lean body cell mass, rebuild body tissue and decrease the risk of infection. The Meals 4 Health and Healing program (formally Meals2 Heal) is modeled after Ceres Community Project in Sonoma County Ca. www.hfmeals.org
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC (NMAAM): As the only museum dedicated to all dimensions of African American music, The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will educate the world about the impact African Americans have on American culture through music. Showcasing over 50 music genres created or impacted by African Americans, NMAAM will honor the legacy and legends of diverse music and detail the impact on history, musicians and consumers around the world.
NMAAM will draw upon a range of music…from Slave Songs to Hip-Hop and everything in between…and will tell the story of genres, instruments and vocalists that have shaped and influenced music around the world. NMAAM is set to open in 2018. For more information visit www.nmaam.org
100 BLACK MEN OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE, INC.: Established in 1991, The 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Inc. (The 100) is a non-profit organization providing resources to further the academic and social development of black male students in Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee. The 100 is an affiliate of The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. a service organization chartered in 1986 with a commitment to improve the academic and social proficiency of inner-city black youth.
The 100 KINGS is a leadership development program created and funded by the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Inc. (The 100.) The program is designed to help Black male youth develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in school and become significant community contributors. Beginning in middle school through high school, the 100 KINGS is a seven-year leadership development program which provides the foundation these young men will need to excel in school, pursue a college education, and succeed in life.
Through the 100 KINGS program, The 100 provide academic enrichment, social skills building, college preparation, community service, and career development for under-served Black male youth. This group of young Americans is frequently rated the lowest in critical areas like literacy, academic achievement, self-esteem and positive lifestyle choices. The 100 organization is committed to this group because they believe they can maximize the youths’ talents and gifts with the right education, exposure, experience and encouragement. Serving as role models, mentors, and coaches, The 100 are committed to their mission “to nurture and enhance the growth, development and opportunities for young, Black males of Middle Tennessee.” www.the100middletn.org
FREE FOR LIFE INTERNATIONAL: Free for Life International partners with organizations and individuals globally to meet the needs of trafficking survivors and those who are considered to be at high risk of being trafficked. Their commitment is towards the restoration of lives and the elimination of modern day slavery. Their present country of concentration is Nepal. They focus their efforts in four main areas: Shelters, Border Monitoring Stations, Scholarships and Sustainable Projects. They strive to work on a multi teared approach to trafficking with their partners. This means they work toward the rescue of those victimized at the same time they are working in areas of prevention and sustainability through border monitoring, scholarships, training programs and prosecution of traffickers.” www.freeforlifeintl.org