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• Eleven Visionaries and One Submarine,
a New Exhibit Opening at Gallery F., Oct. 9, 2010

• Poet's Corner - Community Invited To Listen and Discuss Work of Local Poets rel 6/2/10

•Spanish Poetry Reading to be held at Scarritt-Bennett
rel 6/4/10

• Community Art Installation with Dance and Music Performances rel. 5/18/10

• Native - Artist Talk at gallery F, April 13 rel 4/6/10

Tuesdays In The Chapel rel. 4/6/10

“Recovery – the Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice” led by Rami Shapiro rel 3/31/10

Diversity in Dialogue Spring Series rel. 3/16/10

• 3rd Annual Room to Write Retreat, Apr. 8-11 rel 3/15/10

• Women of the Song: A Music Festival Celebrating Women Hymn Writers, March 21 rel 3/2/10

• Native, a New Exhibit Opening at gallery F, March 13 rel 3/1/10

Lenten Study Series rel 2/12/10

•Author John F. Baker To Present The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family’s Journey to Freedom rel 2/1/10

•Joe Feagin To Give Presentation, Workshop rel 1/12/10

Diversity in Dialogue Winter Series rel. 1/5/10

Talcum Fables, a New Exhibit Opening at gallery F, Jan. 16, 2010 rel. 12/17/09

MLK Workshop, “Peace and Community: MLK’s Vision of Peace” rel. 12/15/09

Tuesdays In The Chapel rel. 12/15/09

Margery Mayer, Author Talk and Book Signing Event: Repairers of the Breach: Memoirs of a Missionary - Nagasaki, Japan 1948-1951 rel. 11/18/09

• 2nd Annual Awards Dinner rel: 11/11/09

• Incognito, a one-man play, to be performed Nov. 14 at USN rel.: 10/29/09

• Young Messiahs Fly, a dramatic reading at gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett rel.: 10/29/09

• Elders For Today Conference Jan. 2010 rel.: 10/19/09

• Room To Write - Writer's Retreat Dec. 09 rel.: 10/23/09

These Fruits of Society – A New Exhibition at gallery F
rel.: 9/24/09

• Warriors Don't Cry rel.: 9/10/09

• Singfest at the Meeting House rel.: 9/7/09

• Me, My Cat & My House - Artist Talk rel.: 8/31/09

Path and Pen Spiritual Writers’ Conference rel.: 8/03/09

Celebration Of Cultures - Save The Date! rel.: 8/03/09

• A Look At The Cultures of Somalia and Kurdistan That Call Nashville Home

• gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett Exhibit

• Diversity In Dialogue Circles on Immigration and Race

• Tuesdays In The Chapel

 

 

CONTACT
Beth Kindig
615-340-7501

bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

 

 
 

Contact:
Sabine Schlunk, Managing Gallery Director
Gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 320-4651 (office)
(248) 630-5774 (cell)
sschlunk@scarrittbennett.org

To: Calendar Listings
Date: Sept. 22, 2009
Subject: Eleven Visionaries and One Submarine,
a New Exhibit Opening at Gallery F., Oct. 9, 2010

WHAT: Eleven Visionaries and One Submarine, Opening Reception
Opening reception for Eleven Visionaries and One Submarine, a show presenting the work of artists who have had experiences with mental illnesses, features paintings, drawings, installations, sculptures, text and video. The show explores the question, who is really an insider and who is an outsider? The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided, and entertainment will include a music/dance performance by Megan Harrold and Charlie Rauh, inspired by the visionary Hildegard von Bingen, and professional karaoke by JJ Jones, who will sing pop songs specially requested by the participating artists. The exhibit runs through Jan. 22, 2011.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

ARTISTS: Laura Hudson, Geraldine Kuttab, Cindy Buchanan, Sunny Boy Whitfield, Robert White, Thaddeus Tekell, Ron Bass and Hans Vorbusch

WHERE: gallery F. @ Scarritt-Bennett
1000 19th Ave. South (corner of Grand Ave. and 19th Ave. South)|

ARTIST TALK: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.

GALLERY HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ABOUT Eleven Visionaries and One Submarine
The magazine, Raw Vision, describes “visionary” or outsider artists as artists who invent their own forms and techniques and create private worlds. The art brut in this show is not made to please the desires of the viewers, but meant as a tool to fulfill the artist’s desire for self-expression through art. The authentic art is multi-layered, and invites the viewers into other worlds. It leads to the question: How would art be different today if surrealist artists like Max Ernst, Paul Klee and André Breton had not been inspired by the art of psychiatric patients 90 years ago?

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Eleven

Artists: Left Column Top to Bottom: Sunny Boy Whitfield, Hans Vorbusch, Thaddeus Tekell
Right Column Top to Bottom: Geraldine Kuttab, Ron Bass, Cindy Buchanan, Laura Hudson
Submarine: Robert White

Sunny Boy Whitfield

Sunny Boy Whitfield -Tears Of a Clown

Ron Bass

Ron Bass - Staying Strong in Recovery

Robert White

Robert White - Submarine

About gallery F.
gallery F. @ Scarritt-Bennett is a contemporary and outsider art gallery. The gallery is located on Scarritt-Bennett’s campus in the same building as The Front Porch, a small shop for gifts, books and coffee.

Visit www.scarrittbennett.org for more information.

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Contact:
Beth Kindig, Director of Marketing
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-7501; bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

Becca Stinson, Marketing Associate
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-8804; bstinson@scarrittbennett.org

MONTHLY POETRY READING TO BE HELD AT SCARRITT-BENNETT
Community Invited To Listen and Discuss Work of Local Poets

Nashville, Tenn., June 2, 2010 – Scarritt-Bennett Center will host a monthly poetry reading featuring a local poet and will kick off the series on June 24 with poet T.J. Jarrett. Jarrett’s recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Linebreak, African American Review, DIAGRAM, and Pluck!

The environment will be informal, and conversation between the poet and audience is encouraged.

WHAT: Poet’s Corner at Scarritt-Bennett
Inaugural reading will feature T. J. Jarrett

WHEN: Begins June 24 and repeats the fourth Thursday of each month
7 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Front Porch at Scarritt-Bennett
1000 19th Ave. S. (corner of Grand and 19th)

Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.scarrittbennett.org/programs/pc.aspx

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Contact:
Sabine Schlunk, Managing Gallery Director
gallery F. @ Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 320-4651 (office); (248) 630-5774 (cell)
sschlunk@scarrittbennett.org

SPANISH POETRY READING TO BE HELD AT SCARRITT-BENNETT
Event Will Kick Off Series of Foreign Language Poetry Readings


Nashville, Tenn., June 4, 2010 – gallery F. @ Scarritt-Bennett and the Foreign Language Acting Group will host the first in a series of foreign language literary and music events at gallery F. on June 19. The event, “Nuestras Poesias” (Our Poetry), will feature staged Spanish poetry readings and live music. Subsequent events in the series will feature different languages and cultures. The event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: “Nuestras Poesias” (Our Poetry), Se Habla Español (Spanish Spoken)
A cabaret evening of poems and songs in Spanish

Staged Spanish poetry readings with live music by Alan Ayala. Featuring works by Cuban poet José Martí, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges, Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni.

WHEN: Saturday, June 19, 7 p.m.

WHERE: gallery F. @ Scarritt-Bennett
1000 19th Ave. S. (corner of Grand Ave. and 19th Ave. S.)

The series aims to encourage people of all backgrounds to learn about foreign cultures through literature and music. The event’s poetry readers include individuals with a variety of connections to Latin American countries, and who have extensive knowledge of the featured poets:

Omaira Rivera-Stinson (originally from the Republic of Panama) – Stinson has been an educator for most of her professional life. She was involved in theater during her college years and loves languages and cultures. Stinson has been living in the U.S. for ten years.

Frances Rivera (from Puerto Rico) – Currently works for a publishing company and is responsible for marketing the Spanish related products as well as children’s products. Rivera is passionate about keeping her Hispanic heritage alive and embraces other people’s culture with open arms.

Sheyla Paz Hicks (born in Cuba) – Owns a production company called Paz Communications and is the host and executive producer of SPANISH-TV (a Spanish news and entertainment TV show). Hicks has been working as a performer, model and actor since 2005. She moved to the U.S. nine years ago.

Alan Ayala (born in the U.S. to Panamanian and Mexican parents) – Ayala has visited Spanish speaking countries multiple times and has developed a love and appreciation for the language and cultures. Due to his drive and passion for music, Alan moved to Nashville in 2008. He is a vocal coach and teaches his own vocal method known as Voces Orgánicas.

Dr. Jamie Carroll Cutler (a native of Philadelphia) – Received a Ph.D. in theatre & film from NYU. In 1978 she began teaching at the University of Miami, Florida International University and the Ruth Forman Theatre. She is an award winning songwriter / poet whose works have been translated into Spanish.

Jaz Dorsey (a native of Atlanta) – Earned an undergraduate degree in International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. From 1990 to 1997 he served as production manager in the New York offices of Biggs Rosati Productions, producing national tours of bilingual Spanish classics for high schools. While holding this position, he wrote a number of songs in Spanish for the company’s shows.

About gallery F.
gallery F. @ Scarritt-Bennett is a contemporary and outsider art gallery. The gallery is located on Scarritt-Bennett’s campus in the same building as The Front Porch, a small shop for gifts, books and coffee.

Visit www.scarrittbennett.org for more information.

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Contact:
Sabine Schlunk, Managing Gallery Director
gallery F. @ Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 320-4651 (office); (248) 630-5774 (cell)
sschlunk@scarrittbennett.org

To: Calendar Listings
Date: May 18, 2010
Subject: Community Art Installation with Dance and Music Performances

WHAT: “Writing Home” outdoor installation with performances

The Nashville community is invited to participate in an outdoor art installation project that began at the 2009 Celebration of Cultures festival. “Writing Home” is a large outdoor installation featuring thousands of people’s written responses to the prompt, “Write a letter home.” The Scarritt-Bennett Center, a co-organizer of Celebration of Cultures, is bringing the installation to its grounds. The community is invited to add their letters home to the installation. The installation is being coordinated by gallery F.’s artists-in-residence: Sara Estes, Patricia Earnhardt, Brandon Donahue, Channing Bailey, Matt Christy, Sabine Schlunk, Ryan Hogan and Jared Freihoefer.

Dance and musical performances will take place within the installation. Megan Harrold and Charlie Rauh will perform a dance piece to live music, and various artists – including Maya Moore, Mike Hiegemann, Tony Youngblood, J.J. Jones, and Jared Freihoefer – will perform musical and dance improvisations.

WHEN: Saturday, May 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Scarritt-Bennett Center Park (18th Ave., between Grand Ave. and Edgehill Ave.); gallery F. @ Scarritt-Bennett, currently featuring the Native American art exhibit called Native, will also be open to the public (1000 19th Ave. S., corner of Grand Ave. and 19th). Free parking is available in Parking Lot B, accessible from 18th Ave. S.

Free and open to the public. Visit www.scarrittbennett.org for more information.

Writing Home

Writing Home Art Installation

Wring Home

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Contact:
Sabine Schlunk, Managing Gallery Director
gallery F. @ Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 320-4651 (office); (248) 630-5774 (cell)
sschlunk@scarrittbennett.org

To: Calendar Listings
Date: April 6, 2010
Subject: Native – Artist Talk at gallery F. April 13

WHAT: Native – Artist Talk
The exhibiting artists will be joined by special guests Maya V. Smith, Saponi/Mohawk Doctoral Candidate of Literature at Vanderbilt University, and Jimi Kelley, Quapaw/Cherokee Native Outreach, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness of Tennessee).

Native presents five unexpected artistic perspectives on Native North American culture. Through photography, painting, indoor and outdoor installation, and performance video, artists ranging in age from 24- to 72-years-old portray their connections with the Choctaw, Ojibwe, Zapotec, Cherokee, Kiowa, Wichita, and Chickasaw tribes. Traditional assumptions about native art are simultaneously validated and destroyed, as the pieces in this exhibition pay homage to native culture while departing from traditional native artistic expression.

Visit www.scarrittbennett.org for more information.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 13, 7 p.m.

ARTISTS: Ronald Anderson, Adriana Larios, Sara Estes, Brandon Donahue,
Jule Kaiser

WHERE: gallery F at Scarritt-Bennett Center
1000 19th Ave. South (corner of Grand Ave. and 19th Ave. South)

Regular Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Contact:
Beth Kindig, Director of Marketing
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-7501
bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

Becca Stinson, Marketing Associate
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-8804
bstinson@scarrittbennett.org

To: Calendar Listings
Date: April 6, 2010
Subject: Tuesdays in the Chapel – 2010 Spring/Summer Series at Scarritt- Bennett Center

WHAT: Tuesdays in the Chapel – 2010 Spring/Summer Series:
Weekly lunchtime spiritual services that provide a peaceful space for renewing and centering yourself during the busy week. Guest preachers from a variety of backgrounds and faiths will lead each service. Highlights of each 35-minute service include music, scripture, prayer, and preaching in the historic Wightman Chapel on Scarritt-Bennett’s campus. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch and enjoy it outside on the beautiful grounds before or after the service. For a list of guest preachers, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.

WHEN: Each Tuesday from April 20 through July 20
12:30 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.

WHERE: Scarritt-Bennett Center’s historic Wightman Chapel
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

WHO: Tuesdays in the Chapel is free and open to all.
About Scarritt-Bennett

Scarritt-Bennett Center is a nonprofit education, retreat and conference center located in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. With a strong commitment to addressing social justice issues through education, SBC offers programs to the community that work toward the eradication of racism, empowerment of women, and encouragement of spiritual formation. SBC also offers overnight accommodations and meeting space to both individuals and groups. For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.

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Contact:
Beth Kindig, Director of Marketing
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-7501; bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

Becca Stinson, Marketing Associate
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-8804; bstinson@scarrittbennett.org

To: Event Listings
Date: March 31, 2010
Re: Registration Open for “Recovery” Workshop With Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Scarritt-Bennett Center will host a five-week workshop led by award-winning author, poet, essayist, and educator Rabbi Rami Shapiro. The workshop will be based on Rabbi Rami’s book, Recovery – the Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice.

Participants will examine 12 steps that can take us to a place where we no longer need to seek control of life, relationships, events, and actions. The workshop encourages participants to recognize that life is inherently unmanageable, and that if we seek to control it we are captive to exhaustion, depression and addiction. If we learn to navigate it by living with justice, compassion, and humility, we are set free. These 12 steps are a powerful set of spiritual tools that can help each of us live free from compulsive attachment. Please note: This is not a twelve-step meeting, and is not focused on any specific addiction.

WHAT: Workshop led by Rabbi Rami Shapiro, “Recovery – the Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice”

WHEN: Wednesdays, April 21, 28; May 5, 12, & 19
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Scarritt-Bennett Center’s International Room
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

COST: $55 per person. Pre-registration required.

To register: Visit www.scarrittbennett.org, or call (615) 340-7557. For more details, e-mail kjohnson@scarrittbennett.org or call (615) 340-7450.

For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.

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Rami Shapiro

Rami Shapiro

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Contact:
Beth Kindig, Director of Marketing
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-7501; bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

Becca Stinson, Marketing Associate
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-8804; bstinson@scarrittbennett.org

“DIVERSITY IN DIALOGUE” DISCUSSION GROUP SPRING SERIES SET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 16, 2010 – The Diversity in Dialogue spring series dates have been set for April and May, Scarritt-Bennett Center announced today. The deadline to register is March 30.

A six-week series developed by Scarritt-Bennett Center, Diversity in Dialogue (DID) Circles provide a forum for members of the community to share their feelings, opinions and thoughts on race relations, diversity and immigration in a non-defensive, non-critical environment. DID Circles are led by trained facilitators and each “circle” can accommodate 8 to 12 individuals from diverse backgrounds. The goal is to help participants understand their own and other’s views on racism, diversity and immigration to create long-term change.

There will be two Diversity in Dialogue Circles for the spring 2010 series: Dialogues on Racism, and Dialogues on Immigration.

WHEN: Dialogues on Racism
Tuesdays: Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dialogues on Immigration, in collaboration with Tennessee Foreign Language
Institute and Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Mondays, Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Scarritt-Bennett Center
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

WHO: DID Circles are open to individuals in the community at large. Participants must commit to all six sessions, as they are progressive in nature and build upon one another.

Registration Information – Deadline is March 30.
There is a $25 fee for all six sessions. If needed, financial assistance is available. The deadline to register is March 30. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Diana Holland, Dialogue Circle Coordinator, at dholland@scarrittbennett.org, or visit www.scarrittbennett.org.

About Diversity in Dialogue Circles and Scarritt-Bennett Center
Diversity in Dialogue is a program of the Scarritt-Bennett Center, an organization with a strong commitment to the eradication of racism and the promotion of cultural awareness. In Middle Tennessee, the program focuses primarily on race relations, diversity, and immigration, but can be used to address a variety of issues such as police and community relations, schools, unemployment, youth and neighborhoods.

To date, more than 2,000 people in Nashville have participated in DID, including groups associated with private businesses, government agencies and universities. Learn more at http://www.scarrittbennett.org/programs/divdialogue.aspx.

Contact:
Beth Kindig, Director of Marketing
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-7501; bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

Becca Stinson, Marketing Associate
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-8804; bstinson@scarrittbennett.org

To: Calendar Listings
Date: March 15, 2010
Subject: 3rd Annual Room to Write Retreat

Scarritt-Bennett Center is presenting the 3rd Annual Room to Write Retreat, to be held on Scarritt-Bennett’s campus this April.

WHAT: 3rd Annual Room to Write Retreat
Writers and aspiring writers – from songwriters to novelists – are invited to spend a weekend on Scarritt-Bennett’s campus. The goal of Room to Write is to provide participants with three days of uninterrupted writing time in the peaceful setting of Scarritt-Bennett’s beautiful, tree-lined campus.

Daily activities and consulting opportunities with a professional book doctor will be available – but this is all optional. Participants can also just stay in their rooms and write, coming out just to share a meal and maybe a few moments of fresh air and friendly faces.

WHO: Writers, aspiring writers, and songwriters

WHEN: April 8-11, 2010

WHERE: Scarritt-Bennett Center
1008 19th Avenue South, Nashville

COST: - $275 per person for an upgraded room (includes a three-night stay with television and Internet access, all meals, tuition fees, amenities and taxes)
- $240 per person for a standard package (includes all of the above with no in-room television or Internet access)

REGISTRATION:
Pre-registration required. To register, please visit
http://www.scarrittbennett.org/programs/rtw.aspx, e-mail aelliott@scarrittbennett.org, or
call (615) 340-7557.

About Scarritt-Bennett
Scarritt-Bennett Center is a nonprofit education, retreat and conference center located in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. With a strong commitment to addressing social justice issues through education, SBC offers programs to the community that work toward the eradication of racism, empowerment of women, and encouragement of spiritual formation. A former college campus, SBC also offers overnight accommodations and meeting space to both individuals and groups. For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.

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Contact:
Beth Kindig, Director of Marketing
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-7501
bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

Becca Stinson, Marketing Associate
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-8804
bstinson@scarrittbennett.org

To: Calendar Listings
Date: March 2, 2010
Subject: Concert Celebrating Women Hymn Writers To Be Held at Scarritt-Bennett

Scarritt-Bennett Center will host a music festival celebrating women hymn writers on Sunday, March 21. Free and open to the public, the concert will feature local professional singers performing hymns written by women. The concert coincides with Women’s History Month, and will feature a special segment honoring Fanny Crosby, one of the most prolific hymnists in history who wrote more than 8,000 hymns despite her blindness.

WHAT: Women of the Song: A Music Festival Celebrating Women Hymn Writers

WHO: Featuring conductor Joe Lee, performer Jama Bowen, United Methodist hymnist and arranger Carlton Young, and more, with segments honoring women hymn writers from the 12th century to present day.

WHEN: Sunday, March 21 - 4 p.m.

WHERE: Scarritt-Bennett’s Wightman Chapel
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

COST: Free and open to the public.

About Scarritt-Bennett Center
Scarritt-Bennett Center is a nonprofit education, retreat and conference center. The center is located on ten peaceful acres in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. The center has a strong commitment to the eradication of racism, empowerment of women, education of laity and spiritual formation. For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.

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Contact:
Sabine Schlunk, Managing Gallery Director
gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 320-4651 (office); (248) 630-5774 (cell)
sschlunk@scarrittbennett.org

To: Calendar Listings
Date: March 1, 2010
Subject: Native, a New Exhibit Opening at gallery F, March 13

WHAT: Native - Opening Reception at gallery F

Native presents five unexpected artistic perspectives on Native North American culture. Through photography, painting, indoor and outdoor installation, and performance video, artists ranging in age from 24- to 72-years-old portray their connections with the Choctaw, Ojibwe, Zapotec, Cherokee, Kiowa, Wichita, and Chickasaw tribes. Traditional assumptions about native art are simultaneously validated and destroyed, as the pieces in this exhibition pay homage to native culture while departing from traditional native artistic expression.

The Whites Creek Band will play music, and refreshments will be provided. The exhibition runs through May 24; an artists’ talk will take place on April 13 at 7 p.m.

Additionally, gallery F’s artists-in-residence will open their studios for a tour during the opening reception. Stop in to see the work of Patricia Earnhardt, Sara Estes, Matt Christy, Jen Georgescu, Marcie Little, Jared Freihoefer, Ryan Hogan, Channing Bailey, Brandon Donahue and Sabine Schlunk. A shuttle will be provided for transportation between gallery F and the studios. Visit www.scarrittbennett.org for more information.

WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 6 to 9 p.m.

ARTISTS: Ronald Anderson, Adriana Larios, Sara Estes, Brandon Donahue,
Jule Kaiser

WHERE: gallery F at Scarritt-Bennett Center
1008 19th Ave. South (corner of Grand Ave. and 19th Ave. South)

Regular Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Artists: RonaldAnderson (top left) Adriana Larios (bottom left) Jule Kaiser (top right) Brandon Donahue (center right) Sara Estes (bottom right)

 

Artist: Jule Kaiser Title: Teenager At The Valentine Kiowa Warmother's Powwow, Carnegie,OK

 

Artist: RonaldAnderson Title: MusicFromTheHills

 

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Contact:
Beth Kindig, Director of Marketing
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-7501
bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

Becca Stinson, Marketing Associate
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-8804
bstinson@scarrittbennett.org

To: Calendar Listings
Date: Feb. 12, 2010
Subject: Lenten Study Series To Be Held at Scarritt-Bennett

In preparation for Easter, Scarritt-Bennett Center will host a Lenten Study Series beginning in March.

WHAT: Lenten Study Series, “Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!”
Participants will explore the meaning of the resurrection in a lively group atmosphere, examining the Biblical stories of the resurrection and how they have been depicted in art, literature and music throughout history.

WHEN: Monday evenings, March 8, 15, and 22
6:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Scarritt-Bennett Center (International Room)
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

REGISTRATION: Registration fee is $15. To register, visit www.scarrittbennet.org, call (615) 340-7557, or e-mail aelliot@scarrittbennett.org.

About Scarritt-Bennett Center
Scarritt-Bennett Center is a nonprofit education, retreat and conference center. The center is located on ten peaceful acres in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. The center has a strong commitment to the eradication of racism, empowerment of women, education of laity and spiritual formation. For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.


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Contact:
Beth Kindig, Director of Marketing
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-7501; bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

Becca Stinson, Marketing Associate
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-8804; bstinson@scarrittbennett.org


To: Calendar Listings
Date: Feb.1, 2009
Re: Author John F. Baker To Present The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family’s Journey to Freedom

On Friday, Feb. 19th, genealogy expert and author John F. Baker Jr. will speak at Scarritt-Bennett Center about his groundbreaking work in African-American and American history. A descendant of Wessyngton slaves and a native of Springfield, Tenn., Baker will discuss his recently published book, The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family’s Journey to Freedom. Baker’s book gives fresh insight into the institution of slavery and its ongoing legacy today. Through his work, Baker brings to life 250 years of history gleaned from 11,200 archived documents and the fleeting stories and memories of descendents of Wessyngton slaves. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

WHAT: Author John F. Baker’s presentation of his book, The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family’s Journey to Freedom.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
Book signing at 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Scarritt-Bennett Center
Harambee Auditorium
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

COST: Free and open to the public.

ABOUT: For thirty years, John Baker has been gathering information about his ancestors who were slaves on the Wessyngton Plantation near Springfield, Tenn. Baker will talk about how he started tracing his ancestors in seventh grade, when he discovered that a photograph of former slaves in one of his textbooks featured his great-great-grandparents. In the process of researching his own family, Baker traced the history of every family who lived on the plantation – hundreds of slaves and their descendents now numbering in the thousands and living throughout the United States. The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation is the result of more than thirty years of archival and field research and DNA testing, and is an uplifting story of survival and family that honors the memory of our ancestors, their struggles and their achievements.

For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.

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John Baker

Author, John F. Baker

The Washingtons

Baker's ancestors from Wessyngton Plantation:
Emanuel, Henny, Allen and Granville Washington

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To:                  Calendar Listings
Date:               Jan. 12, 2010
Re:                  Dr. Joe Feagin To Give Presentation, Workshop at Scarritt-Bennett Center

Scarritt-Bennett Center, in partnership with Fisk University’s 88.1 FM WFSK radio show “Mind on the Matter,” will present two programs open to the Middle Tennessee community featuring nationally-renowned sociologist, author, and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Dr. Joe Feagin. Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University, Dr. Feagin is an expert in the field of U.S. race relations, and has written dozens of major books on the subjects of racism, sexism, and classism. These programs are a project of the Harambee Institute at Scarritt-Bennett, an initiative that seeks to encourage the “unlearning” of racism. For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.

PRESENTATION: “White Men on Race” – Friday, Feb. 5

Dr. Feagin will discuss some of the latest, most groundbreaking research that refutes the common myth that we live in a “post-racial” society. Feagin will candidly discuss the real issues behind racism, and with information gathered from groups of college students, white men, and African-Americans, will explore how racism is perceived and experienced in today’s America.

WHAT:           “White Men on Race” Presentation by Dr. Joe Feagin

WHEN:           Friday, Feb. 5, 2010                                           
                        7 - 8 p.m. Presentation
                        8 - 8:30 p.m. Question and answer session

WHERE:        Scarritt-Bennett Center (Laskey Great Hall)
                        1008 19th Avenue South

COST:            Free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.                         To RSVP, call (615) 340-7557or email aelliott@scarrittbennett.org.

WORKSHOP: “U.S. History My Teacher Never Told Me About – Saturday, Feb. 6

Discover the startling realities about the myths, misinformation, and omissions of mainstream American history: What kind of role did enslaved black soldiers play in winning the Civil War? … Did George Washington’s family have black family members? … Why are some pieces of American history swept under the rug? … Join nationally-renowned sociologist Dr. Joe R. Feagin as he discusses the pieces of history not typically taught in American history classes.

WHAT:           Workshop: “U.S. History My Teacher Never Told Me About,” facilitated                         by Dr. Joe Feagin

WHEN:           Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010
                        9 a.m. to noon

WHERE:        Scarritt-Bennett Center (Room: Laskey B)
                        1008 19th Ave. S.

COST:            $15 per person (includes continental breakfast); Teachers admitted at no                         cost (must show valid teachers’ ID). Pre-registration required. To register,                          call (615) 340-7557 or email aelliott@scarrittbennett.org.

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Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-8804; bstinson@scarrittbennett.org

“DIVERSITY IN DIALOGUE” DISCUSSION GROUP WINTER SERIES SET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jan. 5, 2010 – The Diversity in Dialogue winter series dates have been set for February and March, Scarritt-Bennett Center announced today. The deadline to register is Jan. 26.

A six-week series developed by Scarritt-Bennett Center, Diversity in Dialogue (DID) Circles provide a forum for members of the community to share their feelings, opinions and thoughts on race relations, diversity and immigration in a non-defensive, non-critical environment. DID Circles are led by trained facilitators and each “circle” can accommodate 8 to 12 individuals from diverse backgrounds. The goal is to help participants understand their own and other’s views on racism, diversity and immigration to create long-term change.

There will be two Diversity in Dialogue Circles for the winter 2010 series: Dialogues on Racism, and Dialogues on Immigration.

WHEN:           Dialogues on Racism
                        Mondays: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8
                        6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

                        Dialogues on Immigration, in collaboration with Tennessee Foreign Language
                        Institute and Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
                        Tuesday, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9
                        6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:        Scarritt-Bennett Center
                        1008 19th Ave. South
                        Nashville, TN 37212

WHO:             DID Circles are open to individuals in the community at large. Participants must commit to all six sessions, as they are progressive in nature and build upon one another.

Registration Information – Deadline is Jan. 26.
There is a $25 fee for all six sessions. If needed, financial assistance is available. The deadline to register is Jan. 26.  Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Diana Holland, Dialogue Circle Coordinator, at dholland@scarrittbennett.org, or visit www.scarrittbennett.org.

About Diversity in Dialogue Circles and Scarritt-Bennett Center
Diversity in Dialogue is a program of the Scarritt-Bennett Center, an organization with a strong commitment to the eradication of racism and the promotion of cultural awareness. In Middle Tennessee, the program focuses primarily on race relations, diversity, and immigration, but can be used to address a variety of issues such as police and community relations, schools, unemployment, youth and neighborhoods.

To date, more than 2,000 people in Nashville have participated in DID, including groups associated with private businesses, government agencies and universities. Learn more at http://www.scarrittbennett.org/programs/divdialogue.aspx.  


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Contact: Sabine Schlunk, Managing Gallery Director
Gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 320-4651 (office)
(248) 630-5774 (cell)
sschlunk@scarrittbennett.org


To: Calendar Listings
Date: Dec. 17, 2009
Subject: Talcum Fables, a New Exhibit Opening at gallery F, Jan. 16, 2010

WHAT: Talcum Fables, an Off the Wall Group Show, Opening Reception
Opening reception for Talcum Fables, a group show by local artists collective Off the Wall, featuring installation, painting and photography. The show explores storytelling through unusual materials, and is free and open to the public. Bryan Bergmann will provide music. The exhibit runs through March 6th.

Additionally, for the first time, gallery F’s nine artists-in-residence will open their studios for a tour during the event.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 16, 6 to 9 p.m.

ARTISTS: Off the Wall: Jenny Luckett, Mahlea Jones, Jaime Raybin, Iwonka Waskowski; Guest Artists: Nicole Baumann, Marcie Little

WHERE: gallery F at Scarritt-Bennett Center
1008 19th Ave. South (corner of Grand Ave. and 19th Ave. South)

ABOUT Talcum Fables
Every piece of art in this show tells a story. Most are autobiographical, all are created by using unusual materials (including talcum powder), and all of the storytellers are women. While women’s issues are not the main focus of the show, there is a conscious feminine language established in the authenticity of each story. This feminine language is communicated through the artists’ use of unexpected materials, and the viewers’ sensory interaction with those materials – the tactile, the fluid, the fuzzy, the powdery, the shiny. The works have been produced especially for this show, using varied media, including installation, painting, and photography. Curated by Off the Wall and Sabine Schlunk, managing gallery director.

ABOUT Off the Wall
Off the Wall is a collective of artists who share a similar artistic language, a curiosity about materials, and are interested in creating work with personal resonance in a conceptual manner. The five group members met as students at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. In 2005, they connected through their artwork and created an exhibition group. Talcum Fables is the group’s eleventh exhibition.

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Marcie Little

MarcieLittle: Mississippi Afternoon

 

Jaime Raybin

JaimeRaybin: Paleontological Terrarium

 

compilation

Artists: Top L: Marcie Little Top R: Jaime Raybin
Bottom L: Iwonka Waskowski Bottom R: Mahlea Jones

 

 

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To: Calendar Listings
Date: Dec. 15, 2009
Re: Scarritt-Bennett To Host MLK Day Peace Workshop

Scarritt-Bennett Center will host a workshop called “Peace and Community: MLK’s Vision of Peace,” on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. This workshop will be a different take on celebrating Dr. King’s life; it will teach, motivate and inspire participants to become an instrument for peace, following in the steps of Dr. King’s teachings.

WHAT: MLK Workshop, “Peace and Community: MLK’s Vision of Peace”

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010
9 to 3 p.m. – Workshop
3 to 3:30 p.m. – Peace Commitment Service

WHERE: Scarritt-Bennett Center
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

ABOUT: Through his work, Dr. Martin Luther King demonstrated peace. Peace for Dr. King not only meant the absence of war, but it also meant living in peace across differences in people, cultures and ideas. This workshop will examine the full realization of peace as Dr. King dreamed. Using methods such as examining Dr. King’s writings and speeches and exploring current events, participants will examine whether peace is attainable in today’s world. The workshop will conclude with a peace commitment service, focusing on each participant’s commitment to furthering the cause of peace.

Rev. Joe Agne, pastor of Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains, N.Y., whose doctoral program focused on Martin Luther King’s concept of a world community and peace, will lead the workshop.

COST & REGISTRATION:
$15 per person, which includes lunch and snacks. To register, call (615) 340-7557.

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To: Calendar Listings
Date: Dec. 15, 2009

Subject: Tuesdays in the Chapel – 2010 Winter Series at Scarritt-Bennett Center

WHAT: Tuesdays in the Chapel – 2010 Winter Series: Lunchtime spiritual services featuring 35 minutes of music, scripture, prayer and preaching. Guest preachers from a variety of backgrounds and faiths will lead each service. For a list of guest preachers, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.

WHEN: Each Tuesday from January 12 through March 23
12:30 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.

WHERE:
Scarritt-Bennett Center’s historic Wightman Chapel
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

WHO: Tuesdays in the Chapel is free and open to all.

About Scarritt-Bennett Center
Scarritt-Bennett Center is a nonprofit education, retreat and conference center. The center is located on ten peaceful acres in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. The center has a strong commitment to the eradication of racism,

 

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To: Calendar Listings
Date: Nov. 18, 2009
Re: Margery Mayer, Author Talk and Book Signing Event: Repairers of the Breach: Memoirs of a Missionary - Nagasaki, Japan 1948-1951

Scarritt-Bennett Center will host author Margery L. Mayer as she speaks about and signs her new book, Repairers of the Breach: Memoirs of a Missionary - Nagasaki, Japan 1948-1951. Copies of the book will be available to purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

WHAT: Author Talk and Book Signing Event: Margery Mayer, Repairers of the Breach: Memoirs of a Missionary – Nagasaki, Japan 1948-1951

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 3 to 5 p.m. (Mayer will speak at 3:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Scarritt-Bennett Center’s Gallery F
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

ABOUT Repairers of the Breach:
Three years after graduating from college and the end of World War II, Margery Mayer – now a resident of Brentwood, Tenn. – joined a group of 50 young people sent to Japan by the Methodist Church in an effort called “The Fellowship of Reconstruction.” The purpose was to live for three years with young Japanese and work toward tearing down the wall of fear, hate and hostility that had grown between Japan and the U.S. during the war, and to rebuild a new world of peace. Mayer was sent to Kwassui Girls School in Nagasaki, where she had many discussions with her students about Christianity and democracy. Repairers of the Breach is the story of their lives together – Japanese students and a young American missionary – the impact it had on each, and the bonding that took place as they worked toward a new world of peace.

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Margery Mayer with students from the Kwassui Girls School in
Nagasaki, Japan, shortly after the end of World War II.

Repairers Of The Breach Book Cover

Book Cover:
Repairers of the Breach: Memoirs of a Missionary - Nagasaki, Japan 1948-1951

 

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SCARRITT-BENNETT ANNOUNCES 2nd ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER
Botswanan Activist, Scholar and Vanderbilt Alumna To Deliver Keynote Address


NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Nov. 11, 2009 – Scarritt-Bennett Center (SBC) will host its 2nd Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009. Dr. Musa Dube, Botswanan scholar and HIV/AIDS activist who holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, will deliver the keynote address and will be awarded the “Ann Reskovac Courage Award.”
SBC will also honor with awards Rev. James Lawson, renowned Civil Rights leader and pastor; Brenda Gilmore, Tennessee State Representative of House District 54 and former Metro Council member; and Dr. Maxine Clarke Beach, dean of the Theological School at Drew University and the first executive director of Scarritt-Bennett Center. The Scarritt-Bennett Center board of directors’ executive committee selected these individuals because of their commitment to social justice issues, a core value of SBC’s mission.
Scarritt-Bennett Center held its first awards dinner in 2008 to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary as a nonprofit education, retreat and conference center in Nashville. Perhaps most widely known for its co-organizational role in the popular annual Celebration of Cultures Festival, the core of SBC’s mission is to provide programs and educational events to the Middle Tennessee community geared toward the eradication of racism, the promotion of cultural understanding, the empowerment of women, and the encouragement of spiritual formation.
In her keynote address at the event, Dr. Dube will focus on women’s issues in the global community. Dr. Dube is a feminist postcolonial biblical scholar who has done a great deal of groundbreaking work on the issues surrounding gender and HIV/AIDS, specifically regarding prevention, quality care, and breaking through the stigma of the disease in Africa. An accomplished author and professor in the University of Botswana’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Dr. Dube lived on Scarritt-Bennett’s campus during her studies at Vanderbilt in the late 1990s, and became an integral part of the Scarritt-Bennett community. A highly sought international speaker in academic and ecumenical circles, Dr. Dube received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Dube will be awarded the “Ann Reskovak Courage Award” at the dinner.

Rev. James Lawson will receive the “Scarritt-Bennett Legacy Award” for his tireless efforts to bring about racial justice and peace, and for his support of the SBC mission to eradicate racism.

Tennessee State Representative Brenda Gilmore will receive the “Friend of Scarritt-Bennett Award” for her work with Scarritt-Bennett to make a transforming contribution to the community through SBC’s Diversity in Dialogue program and its partnership with Metro.

Dr. Maxine Clarke Beach, the first executive director of Scarritt-Bennett Center, will receive the “Belle Harris Bennett Vision Award” for her leadership and vision during the crucial early days of the Scarritt-Bennett Center.

The event will feature the cuisine of SBC’s new executive chef Jennifer Wood, who is well known for her work as executive chef at South Street Restaurant.

The awards dinner is open to the public. Individual tickets are $35; a table is $250. Reservations can be made by calling (615) 340-7543.

About Scarritt-Bennett
Scarritt-Bennett Center is a nonprofit education, retreat and conference center. The center is located on ten peaceful acres in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. The center has a strong commitment to the eradication of racism, empowerment of women, education of laity and spiritual formation. For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.


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To: Calendar Listings

Date: Oct. 29, 2009

Re: Incognito, a one-man play, to be performed Nov. 14 at USN

The one-man play Incognito will be performed at University School of Nashville on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Following the play, audience members are invited to a meet-and-greet reception with the play’s writer and performer, Michael Fosberg, at Scarritt-Bennett Center. Incognito is a thought-provoking autobiographical play that tells the true story about a man who – after spending the first 32 years of his life in a middle-class white family – discovered he was black. Visit www.scarrittbennett.org for more information.

WHAT: Incognito, a one-man play written and performed by Michael Fosberg. Meet-and-greet reception with Michael Fosberg at Scarritt-Bennett Center after the performance; Refreshments will be provided.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009; performance at 6:30 p.m.; reception at 8:15 p.m.

WHERE:
6:30 to 8 p.m. – Performance at University School of Nashville
2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville, 37212

8:15 to 9 p.m. – Meet-and-greet reception with Michael Fosberg at Scarritt-Bennett’s Laskey Great Hall (first floor)
1008 19th Ave. S., Nashville, 37212 (across the street from USN)

TICKETS: $12 adult / $10 student (ages 13 through college) / $7 ages 12 and under;

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling University School of Nashville (277-7480) or Scarritt-Bennett (340-7557), or at the door the night of the performance.

ABOUT INCOGNITO:
Incognito deals with the issues of race, diversity, identity, adoption, and family in an emotional journey of self-discovery, and has been described as “a fascinating journey of self-discovery… a profoundly American story… an engrossing one-man show” by the Chicago Sun-Times. The play has been widely recognized by educators as a poignant teaching opportunity. Fosberg has performed Incognito at theaters, high schools and universities throughout the country.

Incognito balances humor and emotion as it deals with race, prejudice and life’s difficult choices. Fosberg portrays a dozen different characters as he takes the audience on a real-life journey across time and place.

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To: Calendar Listings

Date: Oct. 29, 2009

Re: Young Messiahs Fly, a dramatic reading at gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett

The African American Playwrights Exchange and gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett Center will host a dramatic reading of the new play by Dr. Frank Dobson, executive director of Vanderbilt’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Young Messiahs Fly on Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.

WHAT: Dramatic reading of Young Messiahs Fly
Free and open to the public; Reservations requested; Donations accepted

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.

WHERE: gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett Center
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

ABOUT: This timely new play, written by Dr. Frank Dobson, novelist, playwright, poet, and executive director of Vanderbilt’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, is a story about the rise and fall of a gifted young black athlete – another young black millionaire in the making – who faces tragedy from the aftermath of a chance encounter with the law. This thought-provoking play asks its audience to consider the realities of young black celebrity, money, fame, family ties and tragedy, in a story straight out of today’s headlines.

The play will be read by Rashad Rayford, Molly Breen, Roman Bryant, Scott Russell, and other actors, and will be directed by Shawn Whitsell, artistic director of The Destiny Theatre Experience. The artwork of Channing Bailey, a resident artist at gallery F and currently a senior at TSU, will be featured.

RESERVATIONS:
This event is free and open to the public. Please note that seating is limited. For reservations, please call gallery F at (615) 320-4651 or e-mail sschlunk@scarrittbennett.org.

Visit www.scarrittbennett.org<http://www.scarrittbennett.org> for more information.

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ELDERS FOR TODAY CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN NASHVILLE
Conference To Promote Discussion on Past and Present Civil Rights Issues

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Oct. 19, 2009 – The first annual Elders for Today conference will be held in Nashville in January 2010, Scarritt-Bennett Center announced today.

The conference, to be held on Scarritt-Bennett’s historic campus in the heart of Nashville, will bring together people who experienced the Civil Rights era of the 1960s and those interested in learning about the era, and engage them in an interactive conversation about social justice issues past and present.

The happenings of the 1960’s changed the lives of many people, and the conference will lead participants through activities to explore what the lasting impact of the movement has been on cities (such as Nashville), a people, and the lives of individuals.

The conference will provide participants with a historical perspective of the movement, using Nashville’s Civil Rights history as a spring-board; a variety of creative methods of sharing individual memories and experiences including music, writing, technology and art; and will encourage participants to discuss how the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s continues to impact America today.

What: The first annual “Elders for Today” conference

Theme: “Memories, Dreams and Reality: The Civil Rights Movement 1960-2010”

When: Jan. 5-8, 2010

Where: Scarritt-Bennett Center – Nashville, Tenn.

Cost:
- $300: Upgraded Room (includes a three-night stay with television and Internet access, all meals and snacks, tuition fee, amenities and taxes)
- $250: Standard Room (includes a three-night stay – no television or Internet access – all meals and snacks, tuition fee, amenities and taxes)
- $150: Commuter’s Rate (includes all lunches, dinners, snacks, tuition fee, amenities and taxes – no overnight housing or breakfasts included)

Registration: Download the registration form online at www.scarrittbennett.com, or register by calling (615) 340-7557. The deadline to register is Dec. 21, 2009.

Elders for Today workshops and activities will include:

• “Writing Memoirs of the Civil Rights Era”
• “Civil Rights Music”
• “Computer Communications in Today’s World”
• “Story-telling with Fabric”
• A tour of the Civil Rights Room at Nashville Public Library
• A look at poverty and other social justice issues
• Worship and meditation on Scarritt-Bennett’s peaceful grounds

About Scarritt-Bennett Center

Scarritt-Bennett Center (SBC) is a nonprofit education, retreat and conference center. SBC is the legacy institution of Methodist-related Scarritt College, and is in shared mission with the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. The Scarritt-Bennett Center is a place of hospitality, education for Christian ministries of justice and equality, reconciliation and renewal, cooperation and interaction within the ecumenical and global context. Rooted in mission, the center has a strong commitment to the eradication of racism, empowerment of women, education of laity and spiritual formation. The center is located on ten peaceful acres in the heart of Nashville, Tenn.

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Elders For Today Conference Graphic

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To: Calendar Listings
Date: Oct. 23, 2009
Subject: 2nd Annual Room to Write Retreat

Scarritt-Bennett Center and the One River Foundation are presenting the 2nd Annual Room to Write Retreat, to be held on Scarritt-Bennett’s peaceful campus in the heart of Nashville this December.

WHAT: 2nd Annual Room to Write Retreat
Writers and aspiring writers are invited to spend a weekend on Scarritt- Bennett’s campus. The goal of Room to Write is to provide participants with three days of uninterrupted writing time in the serene setting of Scarritt-Bennett’s beautiful, tree-lined campus.

A meditation class, informal conversation time with experienced and published authors, and consulting opportunities with a professional book doctor will be available – but this is all optional. Participants can also just stay in their rooms and write, coming out just to share a meal and maybe a few moments of fresh air and friendly faces.

WHO: Writers and aspiring writers

WHEN: Dec. 3-6, 2009

WHERE: Scarritt-Bennett Center
1008 19th Avenue South
Nashville, Tenn., 37212

COST: - $265 per person for an upgraded room (includes a three-night stay with television and Internet access, all meals, tuition fees, amenities and taxes)
- $230 per person for a standard package (includes all of the above with no television or Internet access)

REGISTRATION:
Download the registration form online at www.scarrittbennett.com. For more
information, contact Kim Johnson at (615) 340-7450.

About Scarritt-Bennett Center
Scarritt-Bennett Center is a nonprofit education, retreat and conference center. The center is located on ten peaceful acres in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. The center has a strong commitment to the eradication of racism, empowerment of women, education of laity and spiritual formation. For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.

About the One River Foundation
The One River Foundation promotes peace, justice, and personal awakening through interspiritual study, dialogue and contemplative practice.


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Sept. 24, 2009


Contact: Sabine Schlunk, Managing Gallery Director,
gallery F@ Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 320-4651 (office)
(248) 630-5774 (cell)
sschlunk@scarrittbennett.org
www.scarrittbennett.org

These Fruits of Society – A New Exhibition at gallery F Opening Oct. 16

WHAT: Opening reception for These Fruits of Society, an exhibition of sculpture, installation, video, collage and painting by six artists. JJ Jones will premier his interactive performance art prayer installation, “What the World Needs Now.”

The opening reception is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 16, 6 to 9 p.m.

ABOUT: Society bears fruit, some of which has been gathered by gallery F in an exhibition of sculpture, installation, video, collage and painting. The show playfully inquires into issues of identity, belonging and gender in the context of the interplay of societal expectations and the idea of one’s true self. The answers to these questions remain open. The artists’ works present a spectrum from humorous to deeply contemplative. The exhibit runs through Jan. 9, 2010.

Curated by Sabine Schlunk.

ARTISTS: Patricia Earnhardt, artist in residence
Libby Rowe
Sara Estes, artist in residence
Daniel Lai
James Darr
Matt Christy, artist in residence

WHERE: gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett Center
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

Click here for a map

Visit www.scarrittbennett.org for more information.

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Libby Rowe

Artist: Libby Rowe Title: Posture

Patricia Earnhardt

Artist: Patricia Earnhardt Title: Sink Video 2

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Calendar Listings
Date: Sept. 10, 2009

Performance of Warriors Don’t Cry, a play, at Scarritt-Bennett Center

WHAT: Play: Eisa Davis’ Warriors Don’t Cry, adapted from the best-selling memoir of Melba Pattillo Beals of the Little Rock Nine and presented by the Tennessee Women’s Theater project, is a one-woman play that portrays a young girl’s experience as one of nine African American students chosen to integrate Little Rock’s 2,000-student Central High in 1957. *Recommended for middle school-aged children and up.

Panel discussion: The play will be followed by a panel discussion of Nashvillians who experienced Nashville’s desegregation of schools.

WHO: The Tennessee Women’s Theater Project, in partnership with Scarritt-Bennett Center

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009
Play – 7 to 8 p.m.
Panel Discussion – 8 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Scarritt-Bennett Center’s Fondren Hall, Harambee Auditorium
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212
Click here for a map; Visit www.scarrittbennett.org for more information.

TICKETS: Adults, $10; Students, $8; children under 7 years old are free.
Tickets can be purchased in advance beginning Sept. 14 by calling (615) 340-7557, or at the door the night of the event.

About Warriors Don’t Cry
Warriors Don’t Cry, adapted from Melba Pattillo Beals’ best-selling memoir, is a searing account of her junior year as one of nine African American students chosen to integrate Little Rock’s 2,000-student Central High in 1957. Pulitzer-nominated playwright Eisa Davis originally adapted Warriors Don’t Cry for Cornerstone Theatre, Los Angeles. The Nashville production is presented by the Tennessee Women’s Theater Project with the permission of Ms. Beals.

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Calendar Listings
Date: Sept. 7, 2009

Contact: Beth Kindig, Director of Marketing
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-7501
bkindig@scarrittbennett.org


SUBJECT: Free Outdoor Concert at Scarritt-Bennett, Sunday, Sept. 20

WHAT: Singfest at the Meeting House, a free outdoor concert featuring several local church choirs, small singing groups, and soloists. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

WHO: Choirs: Edgehill United Methodist Church, East End United Methodist Church, Unity Missionary Baptist Church
Groups: Altonettes, Joe Lee Trio, Kindling Stone, and more.
Song Leader: Marilyn Thornton, Emery United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro
Pianist: Steve Lindsey, Edgehill United Methodist Church

WHERE: On the lawn at the Historic Strother’s Meeting House, Scarritt-Bennett Center’s campus
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 20
4 p.m.

RAIN LOCATION:
In the event of rain, Singfest will take place in Scarritt-Bennett Center’s Fondren Hall, Harambee Auditorium.

For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.


About the Historic Strother’s Meeting House
In 1802, the first Methodist Conference conducted in the state of Tennessee took place in the Strother’s Meeting House near Cottontown, Tenn., in Sumner County. In 1930, the Committee on Historic Places and Relics decided to preserve this historic building. Strother’s Meeting House was moved to Scarritt College Campus, now Scarritt-Bennett Center, in May 1931.

About Scarritt-Bennett Center
Scarritt-Bennett Center is a nonprofit conference, retreat and education center. The center is located on ten peaceful acres in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. Scarritt-Bennett offers a variety of programs and events to the public that aim to address social justice issues through the promotion of cross-cultural understanding, education and spiritual renewal. Income from the rental of the center’s historic facilities for meetings, conferences and overnight accommodations supports the center’s programming efforts.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: August 31, 2009

CONTACT: Sabine Schlunk
248.630.5774
sschlunk@scarrittbennett.org
www.scarrittbennett.org

What:
Me, My Cat And My House Exhibit - Artist Talk

with artists Lisa Manus, Tracy L. Martin, Mike Rewis & Paul Miktarian.

Featuring a special intimate concert by Art Brut Musicians Mr. Ship, Lisa Manus & Susan Jasper

Guest speakers:
Ron Anderson, Artist, Art Historian of Native American Art/speaks about traditional role of people with mental disability in the Native American Community
Merritt Ireland, Pacesetters,Cookeville Artist/Teacher/Mentor of Artists

When: September 12, 2009 from 6 - 8pm

Where: gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett Center – 1008 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212

Who: This event is free and open to the public.

About the exhibit:
An installation of drawings, paintings, and objects created by Bill Guion, Lisa Manus, Tracy L. Martin, Paul Miktarian and Mike Rewis. All are artists with mental disabilities. It looks at the question, “Is there such a thing as so-called Outsider Art? Who is the outsider? Is it the artist, or is everybody an outsider in some way?”

This show attempts to shed light on the relationship between the artistic process and the product. In this case the product is very colorful, joyful and pure. The intentions are not to resolve the problems of the world, but to convey more basic needs.

In the end it does not matter if we call it Raw Art, Art Brut, or Outsider Art - we all become Insiders.

Exhibit extended through Oct. 10
Gallery Hours – Tues. - Fri. 12-6pm • Sat. - Sun. 9am-4pm

Presented by gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett Center with the support of The Kennedy Center at Vanderbilt University and Pacesetters, Cookeville.

Curated by Jennifer Campbell, Patricia Earnhardt and Sabine Schlunk.

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Artist, Paul Miktarian

Artist Paul Miktarian at the gallery F exhibit, Me, My Cat And My House

Paul Miktarian art

The art of Paul Miktarian at the gallery F exhibit, Me, My Cat And My House

 

 

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Contact:         
Beth Kindig, Director of Marketing
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-7501
bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

Becca Stinson, Marketing Associate
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-8804
bstinson@scarrittbennett.org

CONFERENCE TO ENCOURAGE WRITING AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Nashville Spiritual Writers’ Conference To Be Held at Scarritt-Bennett Center

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – August 3, 2009 – Scarritt-Bennett Center will host the third Nashville Path and Pen Spiritual Writers’ Conference September 11 and 12.

The conference, co-sponsored by Scarritt-Bennett Center and the One River Foundation, brings writers and aspiring writers together to explore writing as a spiritual practice through a series of workshops. The workshops focus on various forms of spiritually oriented writing, including poetry, liturgy, inspirational writing and journaling.

“Nashville is uniquely suited for this kind of gathering, with its rich tradition of spiritual book and music publishing,” said Sharon Howell, president of Scarritt-Bennett Center.

“This conference has benefited many in the spiritual writing community over the past several years, and we’re so pleased to partner with the One River Foundation to bring the conference to Nashville again this year,” Howell said.

The conference facilitators, who include some of Nashville’s most creative writers, will guide participants through learning new techniques and sharpening old skills. Workshops include:

  • Writing Abundance: 7 Essentials for Creative Flow with Charlotte Rains Dixon
  • Writing Your Way Home: Finding Grace and Growth with Kent Ira Groff
  • A Writer’s Breakthrough in a Virtual World with Dr. Sybril Bennett
  • Psalms of My Own: Writing the Wisdom of the Heart with Rami Shapiro

What:              Path & Pen Spiritual Writer’s Conference
When:             Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12
Where:           Scarritt-Bennett Center
                        1008 19th Avenue South
                        Nashville, Tennessee 37212
Who:               Experienced and aspiring writers

For registration information and more details about the conference’s workshops and program, visit www.ScarrittBennett.org or call (615) 340-7450.

The conference is offering several packages, including a Commuter’s Package for $100 (includes tuition fee and all meals), a Student Package for $75 (includes tuition fee and meals), a Standard Package for $205 (includes a two-night stay in a standard room on Scarritt-Bennett’s campus, tuition fee and all meals), and an Upgraded Package for $250 (includes a two-night stay in an upgraded room on Scaritt-Bennett’s campus with TV and Internet access, tuition fee and all meals).

 

About Spiritual Writing
Spiritual writing allows writers to explore one’s sense of the sacred, one’s quest for meaning and purpose, one’s encounters with God or Absolute Reality, and one’s experience with wrestling with faith, doubt, believe, and the ordinary wonder of every day life. Such writing may or may not be overtly religious, deal explicitly with religion, or be associated with any traditional faith or belief system.

About Scarritt-Bennett Center
Scarritt-Bennett Center is a nonprofit conference, retreat and education center. The center is located on ten peaceful acres in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. Income from the rental of the center’s historic facilities for meetings, conferences and overnight accommodations supports the center’s efforts to present a variety of programs and events committed to addressing social justice issues through programming that promotes cross-cultural understanding, education and spiritual renewal. For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.


About the One River Foundation
The One River Foundationpromotes peace, justice, and personal awakening through interspiritual study, dialogue and contemplative practice.
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Contact:         
Beth Kindig, Director of Marketing
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-7501
bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

Becca Stinson, Marketing Associate
Scarritt-Bennett Center
(615) 340-8804
bstinson@scarrittbennett.org

PLANS UNDERWAY FOR 2009 CELEBRATION OF CULTURES FESTIVAL
Festival To Be Held October 3

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – August 3, 2009 – The Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation and Scarritt-Bennett Center are partnering to bring the annual Celebration of Cultures festival to Nashville for its 13th year. This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Centennial Park.

Celebration of Cultures, a free event that aims to bring people together to celebrate the cultural diversity of our community, was named by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast for fall 2009. Last year, 28,000 people attended the festival, making it the largest one-day attendance number in the event’s history.

This year’s festival will showcase the dance, music, visual arts, cuisine and traditions of more than 40 cultures through the Global Village, World Market, children’s area and food area. Entertainment will be provided on five different stages throughout the park.

New to the festival this year will be an area exclusively for teens called TEENS UNITED!. In partnership with Oasis Center, TEENS UNITED! is being organized by a group of local teens from 10 different countries, including Palestine, Ethiopia, Haiti and Sudan.

Those interested in participating as volunteers, food vendors, world market vendors, children’s area activity hosts or sponsors can find application information at www.celebrationofcultures.org or by calling (615) 340-7450.

What:              Celebration of Cultures festival, a FREE event
- Global Village            - Ethnic food
- World Market            - TEENS UNITED!
- Children’s area           - Entertainment on five different stages
When:             Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009
                        10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where:            Centennial Park
Who:               More than 40 cultures and thousands of Middle Tennesseans

 

About Scarritt-Bennett Center
Scarritt-Bennett Center is a nonprofit conference, retreat and education center committed to addressing social justice issues through programming that promotes cross-cultural understanding, education and spiritual renewal. The center is located on ten peaceful acres in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. Income from the rental of the center’s historic facilities for meetings, conferences and overnight accommodations supports the center’s efforts to present a variety of programs and events that encourage cultural awareness in Middle Tennessee, including the annual Celebration of Cultures festival and Diversity in Dialogue. For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.

About Metro Parks
The Metro Parks and Recreation Department has a wide variety of facilities and programs to be enjoyed across Davidson County. Presently, there are 113 properties on more than 10,570 acres, plus seven municipal golf courses. Metro Parks offers something for everyone, including senior programs, special population programs, cultural arts classes, dog parks, a variety of trails, nature programs, sports leagues, art galleries and much more. For more information, visit www.nashville.gov/parks.

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Contact:
Joe Pagetta/NPT
615-259-9325 ext. 211 / jpagetta@wnpt.net

Beth Kindig/Scarritt-Bennett Center
615-340-7501 / bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

Scarritt Bennett Center and NPT Invite You to Meet the Cultures of
Somalia and Kurdistan That Call Nashville Home

Event at Scarritt-Bennett to Use Award-Winning NPT Documentaries to Educate and Enhance Dialogue in the Community

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – July 1, 2009 –  Scarritt-Bennett Center and Nashville Public Television invite the community to view excerpts from the original NPT Next Door Neighbors documentaries “Somali” and “Little Kurdistan, USA” – and get an even better understanding of the people from those cultures when they offer their thoughts and answer questions in a follow-up panel discussion – on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Scarritt-Bennett Center (Fondren Building). The event is free, but RSVP’s are suggested 615.340.7557 or programs@scarrittbennett.org. Scarritt-Bennett Center is located at 1008 19th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37212.

About the Documentaries

“Little Kurdistan, USA” looks at Nashville’s Kurdish population, the largest in North America. Kurds first arrived in Nashville in 1976 and have since established a vibrant community recognized by Kurds nationally for its strong cultural and traditional heritage. As refugees, Kurds have overcome significant barriers to survive, and flourish in Nashville. But, refugees inevitably become outsiders; estranged from their homeland, and strangers in their new home.

“Somali” profiles the over 5,000 Somali refugees that now call Nashville their home. They left a war-torn country and many still have family trying to survive in Somalia and in refugee camps in other countries. For most, life in Nashville is about work, sending money back home and trying to balance Somali traditions and cultures while adjusting to life in the US. The documentary explores what life is like for a community in transition.

Nashville Public Television’s NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS series looks at Nashville’s status as a new destination city for refugees and immigrants, and explores the rich diversity of people now calling Nashville home.  The series and its associated outreach was recently awarded the 2009 My Source Community Impact Award for Engagement, created by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting  to give well-deserved recognition to stations for their commitment and responsiveness to their communities, providing innovative services – on-air, online, and in-person – that have measureable results. Series installment “Little Kurdistan, USA” won the 2008 Mid South Regional Emmy Award for best Historical or Cultural Program Special.

The series is made possible through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s My Source initiative and The HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals, and is supported in-part by the Nissan Foundation. A partnership with the Vanderbilt University Center for Nashville Studies provides valuable research and community outreach.

About Scarritt- Bennett Center
Scarritt-Bennett Center is an independent non-profit conference, retreat, and education center devoted to addressing issues of social justice by offering programs and events that promote dialogue and cultural understanding. Included in these is the Celebration of Cultures – an annual multi-cultural festival. For more information on this and other programs, please visit www.scarrrittbennett.org

About Nashville Public Television
Nashville Public Television is available free and over the air to nearly 2.2 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky viewing area, and is watched by more than 600,000 households every week. NPT provides, through the power of traditional television and interactive telecommunications, high quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those we serve.

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azadi bakers

The queens of Kurdish flatbread, at Azadi International Foods in south Nashville. Photo by Claire O’Neill.

somali coffeeshop

Bashir Ali works at the Somali coffeeshop in Nashville, a central hub for the Somali community in the city.

 

documentary composite

Visuals from documentary

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DATE:  June 29, 2009

CONTACT:
Sabine Schlunk

248.630.5774
sschlunk@scarrittbennett.org

Me, My Cat And My House A Glimpse Of Art Brut

Opening Reception - Sat, July 11, 2009 from 6-9pm
Exhibit runs through Sept. 13
Gallery Hours – Tues. - Fri. 12-6pm • Sat. - Sun. 9am-4pm

gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett Center – 1008 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN

An installation of drawings, paintings, and objects created by Bill Guion, Lisa Manus, Tracy L. Martin, Paul Miktarian and Mike Rewis. All are artists with mental disabilities. It looks at the question, “Is there such a thing as so-called Outsider Art? Who is the outsider? Is it the artist, or is everybody an outsider in some way?”

This show attempts to shed light on the relationship between the artistic process and the product. In this case the product is very colorful, joyful and pure. The intentions are not to resolve the problems of the world, but to convey more basic needs.

In the end it does not matter if we call it Raw Art, Art Brut, or Outsider Art - we all become Insiders. Artists will be present for the opening. Spontaneous music may occur.

This event is free and open to the public.

Presented by gallery F @ Scarritt-Bennett Center with the support of The Kennedy Center at Vanderbilt University and Pacesetters, Cookeville.

Curated by Jennifer Campbell, Patricia Earnhardt and Sabine Schlunk.

Media: Click on image to download hi-res version

Artist credit: Paul Miktarian

Paul Miktarian

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: June 24, 2009

CONTACT:
Diana Holland, Dialogue Circle Coordinator
dholland@scarrittbennett.org 615-367-3878

Kim Johnson, Director of Educational Enrichment Programs
kjohnson@scarrittbennett.org 615-340-7450

Diversity In Dialogue Circles on Immigration and Race Set For July

Nashville, TN – Scarritt-Bennett Center, in collaboration with Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI), and Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) will begin a new series of Dialogues on Immigration. It will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2009, with sessions continuing on Tuesdays, July 21, 28, August 4 & 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

The summer series of Dialogues on Race will take place Monday, July 13, 20, 27, August 3 & 10, 2009, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Both Dialogue Circles will be hosted by Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37212.

Diversity In Dialogue (DID) Circles are made up of 8-12 diverse individuals who meet weekly to have honest conversations about sensitive issues. Led by trained facilitators, the Circles provide a forum for people to share their feelings, opinions, and thoughts in a non-defensive, non-critical environment. The objective is to help participants understand their own and other’s views on racism, diversity and immigration to create long-term change. Past participants describe the experience as “powerful”, “positive” and “a great opportunity for personal reflection and growth”. One former participant remarked “beginning the conversation is the first step, and the Dialogue Circles are a great way to get started”.

DID Circles were started at Scarritt-Bennett Center in 1998. They are based on a national model that has been modified to fit the needs of the Greater Nashville Community in addressing issues such as the explosive growth of immigrants in the area. The Circles have been used by businesses, government agencies and universities.

“Dialogue Circles provide an opportunity for every voice and opinion to be heard. Understanding and relating to each other in the workplace, neighborhood and the community is a powerful tool for dismantling stereotypes and seeing each other as people. Scarritt-Bennett Center has been providing dialogue groups on racism and immigration in the Nashville area for several years. It will continue to be a leader in areas where dialogue can lead to community and individual change", says Kim Johnson, Director of Educational Enrichment Programs at the Scarritt-Bennett Center.

DID Circles are open to individuals in the community at large. Participants must commit to all 5 sessions for each Dialogue Circle, as these are progressive in nature and build from one to the other. There is a $25 fee for all 5 sessions. If needed, financial assistance is available. Deadlines to register are July 6 (race) and July 7 (immigration), 2009.

For more information and to register, please contact Diana Holland, Dialogue Circle Coordinator, at dholland@scarrittbennett.org, or call 615-367-3878.

About Scarritt-Bennett Center:

Scarritt-Bennett Center is an independent non-profit conference, retreat, and education center devoted to addressing issues of social justice by offering programs and events that promote dialogue and cultural understanding. Included in these is the Celebration of Cultures – an annual multi-cultural festival. For more information on this and other programs, please visit www.scarrrittbennett.org

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Diversity In Dialogue

DID Participant Al Jenkins (left), listens on as participant Libby Patterson (center) shares her opinion; Kim Johnson (right), Director of Educational Enrichment Programs at Scarritt-Bennett Center facilitates the Dialogue Circle.

Diversity In Dialogue

A DID participant shares her point of view on racism

 

Diversity In Dialogue

Diversity In Dialogue participant Jamie Haskins expresses her opinion in a Dialogue Circle.

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Diversity In Dialogue

Diversity In Dialogue facilitators Darren Johnson (center), and Bettie Kirkland (far right, back), facilitate a Dialogue Circle.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:  June 1, 2009

CONTACT:  Beth Kindig
(615) 340-7501
bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

 

Scarritt-Bennett to host
TUESDAYS IN THE CHAPEL

Scarritt-Bennett’s historic Wightman Chapel will offer a series of 35 minute noontime services every Tuesday beginning June 16 through July 21 from 12:30 pm - 1:05 pm.
Guest preachers will include Bishop Melvin Talbert, Rev. H. Sharon Howell, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Rev. Beth Richardson, Kathleen Flood, O.P. and Rev. Michael Waldrop.

Places are available for attendees to bring a lunch to enjoy on the Scarritt-Bennett grounds before or after the service.

These services are free and open to all. Visit www.scarrittbennett.org for a schedule or more information.

1008 19th Ave. S, Nashville 37212

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:  May 27, 2009

CONTACT:  Beth Kindig
(615) 340-7501
bkindig@scarrittbennett.org

 

Author & national anti-racist trainer & lecturer,
Tim Wise to present workshop

Local author, Tim Wise isa white man who has taken a personal journey to understand racism and white privilege. On Sat., June 13 from 9am – 3:30pm at Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Avenue South, Nashville, he will present a workshop on Internalized Supremacy: White Privilege – Its legacy, pathology and continuing impact in America.

This workshop is designed to explore how privilege operates at both the material and psychological levels to maintain racial inequity and help participants understand how even persons who are liberal and not overtly racist can manifest privilege in everyday operations, within schools, workplaces, and elsewhere. It will conclude with a discussion of how whites can become better allies to persons of color, and challenge white privilege, both individually and institutionally.

Called "one of the most brilliant, articulate, and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation," by Georgetown University professor and best-selling author, Michael Eric Dyson, Wise has spoken at over 400 college campuses including Harvard and Yale Law School.  He has educated physicians, corporations, teachers, law officials, and many others on how to dismantle racism in their institutions and in their lives. 

Cost is $45 and pre-registration required.

Download registration form and learn more at http://www.scarrittbennett.org/programs/harambee.aspx#is

Info: 615.340.7450 or kjohnson@scarrittbennett.org

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