Friday May 29th kicked off summertime and Frist Fridays in Nashville with a concert by Danielle Peck to raise awareness for Safe Haven. This monthly event is noted as one of the most popular activities for friends and families, who fill the Turner Courtyard for live entertainment, great art and complimentary hors d’oeuvres under the stars. The festivities start at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at 9:00 p.m. It really is one of the best ways to start the weekend.
One of the current exhibits at the Frist Center is Photographs of Safe Haven. An excerpt from the exhibit explains that in April 2008, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts partnered with Safe Haven Family Shelter to provide an opportunity for cultural enrichment through a community art program offered to its residents. Local photographer Allen Clark and the Frist Center's outreach educators led participants, who ranged in age from three to sixty-five years, in a two-week photography workshop, during which they learned about composition, visual storytelling, and photographic technique. Writing exercises and preliminary drawings helped residents form ideas for images that reflected their thoughts about their lives. On the final day of the workshop, each resident was provided with a Holga 120N camera and invited to capture the compositions they had planned.
Danielle Peck has been a part of raising awareness for Safe Haven since 2006 when she saw the lack of support and recognition of homeless families and became an avid volunteer. The Safe Haven Celebrity Council was created in the summer of 2007. Soon after, she became Safe Haven’s Celebrity Spokesperson. The council is designed to maximize community awareness and demonstrate the true compassion of performing artists. Some of those on the council with Danielle include Martina McBride, Keith Anderson, James Otto, Carters Chord, The Warren Brothers, Emily West and Deana Carter.
Safe Haven relies heavily upon churches and organizations for aid not only in monetary form, but in the voluntary aspect as well. Over the years, they have received unprecedented support from the local community. Without this helping hand, the organization could not exist. The time spent, monetary gifts, and talents have been and continue to be an invaluable contribution.
For more information on The Frist Center for Visual Arts visit http://www.fristcenter.org/
For more information on Safe Haven visit http://www.safehaven.org/
For more information on Danielle Peck visit http://www.daniellepeck.com/
Additional photographs of the event can be seen at www.digitalrodeo.com/drphotos or www.flickr.com/photos/momentsbymoser