Contemporary Expression

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Voices Are Symphonic
December 13, 2009, 1:34 pm
Filed under: community building, Equality, flip camera, Immigration, social media

When Sam Davidson, co-founder of Cool People Care, asked me if I was willing to present a workshop a the 7th Annual TIRRC Annual Convention I was eager to be helpful.

The coalition is the only statewide entity in Tennessee working to create a voice in the public area that is truly representative of the interests of the “newest Tennesseans.”  They help by creating unifying support to organizations that are services based, the empower the grassroot leaders to effectively advocate for policy changes at the local, state and federal levels.  They guard the freedoms of Tennessee immigrants and refugees by educating individuals about ther rights and organizing communities to address alleged cvil liberties/civil rights abuses.

The workshop:

We Want You! (Online) – How to Recruit and Retain Volunteers and Activists Using Social Media

o In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the latest trends when it comes to nonprofits using social media, particularly when it comes to using these free tools to find new volunteers and activists. Whether you’re curious about getting your organization on Facebook or ready to maximize Twitter to reach a new generation, you’ll leave this workshop with ideas and a strategy to begin to recruit people for your cause.

There was valuable discussion about how individual activists have a responsibility to organize themselves and have a strategic plan before they take on the responsibility of leading others.  The entire conference was rewarding.  It was like a small UN of cross cultural unity building.  I heard four languages spoken while I was there and there was a Spanish interpretation of my workshop.

The TIRRC Convention was like a symphony of ideas and passion and organization, each instrument building and bring new texture to the progressive goals. It was a pleasure to participate and I hope to continue to be helpful.

Action Plan:

The Dream Act (H.R. 1751) The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act was introduced in March of 2009. The bill would provide qualified undocumented immigrant students access to higher education and the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency.  Yearly about 65,000 Us-raised students who call the United States their home face barriers to higher education, can not work legally in the U.S. and fear being sent back to a county they no longer call home.  It’s time we gave all our children a chance to succeed by providing a path to legalization for undocumented children who had no choice in coming to this country.

Contact your U.S. Representative Today and ask for them to support H.R. 1751

In Nashville?  TIRRC will be delivering a symbolic holiday tree to Rep. Jim Cooper  to ask again for his support of The Cream Act.  Thursday afternoon December 17, 2009  For more information, please contact (615) 294-2203


Staycation 2009
August 4, 2009, 12:08 am
Filed under: flip camera, Living An Artful Life

We closed out our staycation with a visit with The Jugg sisters on the NashTrash Pink Bus Tour . These few shots are total bootleg so – come see the tour “fer yer self”

I am so glad that I took a few days for a staycation and where better to spend it than in Nashville, TN. We spent time in our own town enjoying places that we already new we loved and trying out neighborhoods we hadn’t explored as much. I first came to Nashville in 1986 when the only places to eat were Faisons and Sunset Grill and The Cooker. Now there should be no question that Nashville is serious about food. Very serious, and very playful.

When we go on vacation we try to find local places that serve fresh local food. This time out we enjoyed ChaChah, Eastland Cafe and Cantina Loredo .. okay, that last one is a chain but they use a local chef and the food was the best southwestern/mex I have had in this town, hands down.

The green spaces in Nashville are best observed with a dog. So get one. This is our dog Scout.

What to do in Nashville :

Where to eat in Nashville:

So now-back to work and still in love with lovely Nashvegas.
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Happy Pride Nashville
June 20, 2009, 2:32 pm
Filed under: Coming Out, Equality, flip camera, LGBT History
Riverfront Park 11am-6pm
The Tenessean Feature

2 and a half minutes of Nashville Pride – I giggle a lot.

Funding Shortage Could Threaten Nashville Shakespeare Festival
June 5, 2009, 12:06 pm
Filed under: arts funding, branding, community building, flip camera

Funding Shortage Could Threaten The Nashville Shakespeare Festival
WSMV reports on how a reduction in funding due to the economy could potentially impact this free summer festival. The report features an interview with Executive Director of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nancy VanReece.

image: walking on a wire – by NancyVanReece’s watercolor postcard project 7/7/08. (c) 2008 Contemporary Expression, all right reserved, Used By permission.

There are some inaccuracies in the story:
To clarify. Our annual budget in recent years, including in-kind donations, is nearly twice the fee mentioned. Our education work is year round and includes our Winter Shakespeare production in The Troutt. To be more accurate, the budget for Shakespeare in the Park in recent years has been 250,000 including in-kind donations. Also, we produce for 4-5 weekends but it is usually only one play. This year’s schedule is on our website, where you may also make a donation:
Nancy VanReece

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My Favorite Burrito
April 26, 2009, 6:21 pm
Filed under: flip camera, food

Artwork for Non-Profit Silent Auctions

Have you ever purchased artwork at a silent auction? Have you ever donated artwork? What about the experience worked well? What didn’t work well at all? Leave your comments.

Fantasy Landscape 60″ x 36″ by Nancy VanReece

(c) 2007 Contemporary Expression, a div of Carpe Diem Copyright Management All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.
purchased by The Allens at The Nashville Shakespeare Festival Winter Patron Silent Auction to be donated for display at
Hope Exchange Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction
When: Friday, April 17th, 2009 6-9pm Where: St. Ann’s Episcopal Church
more information

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Pod Camp Nashville Notes
March 8, 2009, 1:15 am
Filed under: flip camera, podcamp, podcasting
I have a bug for radio. I spent five years in broadcast radio in Texas and Oklahoma in the 1980s I studied broadcasting while at university. I listen to about 10 hours of podcasts a week. So why not do one of my own? Thank you Pod Camp for pushing me closer to making that happen. I hope that my “random rants from an artist, activist and advocate” can go to audio or maybe video soon! – I’m hoping for the Flip camera for my birthday next week.

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