"Force of Nature" Fundraiser + Art Crawl

More About "Force of Nature" Fundraiser + Art Crawl

As students in Belmont University's Honors Program, we are tasked with devising and implementing a community-centered project, which will serve as a senior capstone for our Leadership Studies.

The proliferation of radioactive waste in Middle Tennessee is a little known and very important issue that we feel is worthy of our focus. The Tennessee Environmental Council’s Radioactive Waste Education Program (TRWEP) is heading the forefront of education and prevention efforts towards this pressing issue. We are therefore coordinating a fundraiser + art crawl to be held April 7th at CONVERGE* Gallery in the Wedgewood-Houston area of Nashville entitled “Force of Nature” to benefit this important program.

The purpose of this project is to:
--Spread awareness of a little-known yet threatening issue and incite action.
--Bridge art and activism by involving the community and forging connections beyond Belmont.
--Showcase and support local artists.

Radioactive waste education is such a pressing issue because:
--Up to 75% of all low-level radioactive waste produced in the nation ends up in TN for processing. Low-level radioactive waste includes used needles and syringes, contaminated lab wear, and animal carcasses from lab testing.
--TN is the ONLY state that has legalized the commercial burning of radioactive waste.
--In 2010 alone, 50 MILLION pounds of low-level radioactive waste was processed in TN.
--Under TN law, low-level radioactive waste may be put into municipal landfills.
--Some of the commercial incinerators in TN have even accepted European radioactive waste for burning.

A representative from the Tennessee Environmental Council (TEC) will be present at the event to speak and to answer any questions. We plan to have live music, as well as a letter-writing station where art crawl-goers can write to their representatives and senators regarding Tennessee's disposition of being a nuclear waste dumping ground.

Tags: Charity, Fundraiser, Charity, Fundraiser, Eduction, Social Responsibility, Activism, Art

Event Details

Date: April 7, 2018
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Converge Gallery
1224 Martin St.
Nashville, Tennessee 37203



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