Thursday, May 14, 2009

Safe Haven Benefits from Concert and Frist Exhibition

Frist Center is really supporting the Safe Haven Family Center this spring and summer. Right now, the Safe Haven has on display photographs taken by parents and children of the families who have participated and benefited from their shelter. The photos will be part of an exhibition, Seeing Ourselves: Photographs of Safe Haven, and is available until August 3rd. The exhibit features 22 photographs taken during a workshop led by Frist staff, Nicky Nash and photographer Alan Clark.

Furthermore, the exhibit will be displayed when the summer series, Frist Fridays, kicks off on May 29. Danielle Peck, an avid supporter of Safe Haven, will perform live in the Turner Courtyard from 6-9pm. This is a great opportunity for Safe Haven to gain awareness about their mission as this concert series brings visitors from all over Middle Tennessee.

Another concert by Peck on March 30th at the Mercy Lounge, serving as a fundraiser for Safe Haven, was a great success. According to their website, "The concert included performances by: Danielle, Halfway to Hazard, Whiskey Falls, Trailer Choir, and Tayla Lynn & The Girls. The event garnered over$10,000 in support for homeless families."

Peck serves on The Celebrity Council which she helped form in 2007 in conjunction with the Safe Haven staff. Surprised at the lack of support for this homeless shelter, she began performing benefit concerts for their cause in February of 2007. According to their website, the council is designed to maximize community awareness and demonstrate the true compassion of performing artists. Country artists such as Martina McBride and Keith Anderson are also avid supporters of the cause.

Would you like to check it out and see if your heart leads you to this ministry? Check out their website at: and you will see many volunteer opportunities including meal preparation and serving, a children's arts program, and childcare opportunities.

The Frist Fridays series, in its seventh year, will be every last Friday of the Month through July. Patrons can enjoy an evening of live music, light snacks and beverages as well as visit the diverse exhibitions on view in the Frist Center’s galleries.Frist Fridays takes place rain or shine.

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