Honor Veterans & TN Arts Grant

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(MURFREESBORO) We need to always show respect for America and that includes honoring our veterans, especially those who made the Supreme Sacrifice. There are two major upcoming events that you should include on your calendar.

VETERANS PARADE

Sat. (Nov. 10, 2018) 10AM VETERANS DAY PARADE at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center (3400 Lebanon Pike). It is set-up with a reviewing stand where the public watches from the front steps of the Administration Building while the parade passes at 11AM. In addition, live music begins at 10AM. The community is encouraged to attend and honor veterans. WGNS' Bart Walker serves as emcee of this event.

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VETERANS DAY MEMORIAL SERVICE

Mon. (Nov. 12, 2018) 11AM VETERANS DAY MEMORIAL SERVICE on the Murfreesboro square. The special speaker is Col. John P. Cogbill, Commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborn Division (Air Assault). The National Anthem and patriotic music performed by students from McFadden School of Excellence. US Marines Veteran Dan Alcorn, retired, is the emcee. The public is encouraged to attend.

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TN Arts Honors Veterans

The Tennessee Arts Commission in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Veteran Services has awarded nine Tennessee Military, Veterans & the Arts (TNMVA) grants to organizations and their community partners throughout the state. The purpose of the grant is to encourage organizations that serve Tennessee's military members, veterans and their families to use the arts as a way to achieve their goals in providing services to military audiences and to encourage arts organizations to engage military audiences in outcomes-based activities that enhance Tennessee's communities.
Borderless Arts Tennessee: $7,000 for Murfreesboro Project
This pilot project partners Borderless Arts with the Veterans Recovery Center at the Alvin C York Medical Center in Murfreesboro, and will include performances of My Father's War. There will be guided discussions, sequential interactive arts education workshops for veterans and a final presentation of veteran artwork.

The arts including music, writing, dance and other art forms can help military service members, veterans and their families express themselves while improving their quality of life. Individuals with opportunities to express themselves and share their stories can often better navigate the stress of relocating from one community to another, being separated from family members, or moving from military service to the civilian workplace.
"Stressors can impact everyone, but some unique challenges come from military service and the transition from uniform into the civilian life," Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder said. "Outlets such as the arts and creative expression are valuable resources for navigating the transitions faced by service members, reservists, veterans and their families."
For these military audiences, engaging in arts activities:
  • Enhances physical and emotional healing and provides essential health benefits in every stage from recovery to wellness
  • Strengthens a sense of self and creates opportunities to tell one's story in different ways, including nonverbal means of expression
  • Builds a connection with the community and diminishes feelings of isolation, both by making art in a group setting and also by instigating a public discussion about topics relevant to military service members, veterans and their families
"The TNMVA grant is one-time funding for innovative projects that use the arts to support the unique needs of Tennessee's military members, as well as veterans or their families and caregivers," said Anne B. Pope, Executive Director for the Tennessee Arts Commission. "Our goal is to improve awareness of the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing, and for arts organizations to be an additional resource to our military communities."
The following organizations have been awarded aTNMVA grant:

The Tennessee Arts Commission encourages nonprofit organizations to apply for funding for projects that benefit active duty military, reservists, veterans and their families through the various grant opportunities the Commission offers each year. Grant opportunities include arts access, arts education, creative placemaking, arts projects and rural arts projects. For more information, visit tnartscommission.org.
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