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An Enhanced Community with Enhanced Opportunities
Creating Opportunities for the future Envision Edgehill Community, Using a Synergistic Communal Approach – Spurred by Messages of Peace, Justice, Unity, and Diversity as Touted by Edgehill’s Historical Icons, the Rev. Curtis W. Goodwin, the Rev. James. C. Turner, the Rev. Dr. Albert G. Jones, Callie House, and Deford Bailey as Rendered on Canvas and Titled: Edgehill Envisioned
James Harbison, MDHA’s Executive Director; Janet King, MDHA’s Community Engagement Manager; and Colby Sledge, Metro Council Manager, District 17, will strike the gavel to open the debut, fund-raising theatre presentation, THE COMING, which will be held at Salama Urban Ministries (1205 8th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203) on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.
THE COMING’s homespun narrative and performance will show, through theatre, how a synergistic communal approach, can help residents who live at or below the poverty level become self-sufficient. The synergistic communal approach effect will create a new sense of community, sparking transactional and altruism cycles within its boundaries, where profits are reaped, in every sense of the word, through messages of justice, peace, unity, and diversity as touted by Edgehill’s historical icons.
Tickets are $40/each. The audience will comprise invitees based on how resources can be provided to help Envision Edgehill and NeighborH.O.O.D. fulfill their missions, i.e., to create a better quality of life for all Edgehill residents.
This homespun theatrical presentation is NeighborH.O.O.D’s first public presentation, which will tell a story of the current state of the Edgehill community, the resident-led future for the new community, and how the future community can be encompassing of all people. It will further illustrate what factors must come together to accomplish inclusiveness, especially as it relates to providing resources to help uplift underserved residents. The organization’s second public presentation, to be held in early November, will reflect the progress that NeighborH.O.O.D., in collaboration with its resources, has made regarding community support, as determined by the energy the synergistic communal approach has been able to muster.
The board of directors and its partners plan to accomplish this through NeighborH.O.O.D (Hands on Our Destinies), a non profit, 50l(c)3, cooperative entrepreneurship/employee ownership FASHION DESIGN and ARTS SCHOOL that was created to decrease the negative social statistics, associated with this population, by bringing forth and developing their latent talents and abilities via education, cooperative entrepreneurship, employment, and self-advocacy strategies.
The school’s first phase begins January 2019 and ends November 2019. The curriculum is a nine-month program in fashion design and business principles, under the expertise of instructors chosen by NeighborH.O.O.D’s board of directors and the UT-TSU Extension, Davidson County, Cooperative Entrepreneurship School and School of the Arts, a curriculum that will equip students, upon graduation, with the acumen to own and operate a for-profit fashion design cooperative business venture. Thanks to Thomas Corritore, Property Manager of Gernert Studio Apartments and Edgehill Homes, classes will temporarily be held in Gernert Studio Apartments’ community room, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (when no other activities are scheduled) until permanent space can be found.
In the second phase, November 2019, graduates transition, as owners, to their newly established cooperative-entrepreneurship business venture, whereby mentoring services will be provided by the NeighborH.O.O.D./UT-TSU partnership, the organization’s CPA and legal team until the startup is stable.
As we set goals and objectives for 2019, we believe we can make better projections to help the underserved if we have people who portray exceptional leadership qualities, on the team.
NeighborH.O.O.D.’s ARTS component of the school is being hailed credible due to its unveiling of the mural art piece, Edgehill Envisioned, on Sunday, October 7, 2018.
Now we are attempting to make NeighborH.O.O.D.’s FASHION, DESIGN, & MERCHANDISING component of the school a success by using a synergistic communal approach, a proactive modus operandi that will culminate into one plus one equals three, an enhancement to the present Edgehill community. Messages of justice, peace, unity, and diversity as touted by Edgehill’s historical icons will serve to undergird the synergistic communal approach.
So, as stated earlier, prior to students’ November graduation, they will establish a cooperative entrepreneurship enterprise. They will, then, transition from graduates to owners of their newly established cooperative-entrepreneurship business venture. The employee-owned company will design, produce, and merchandise vests, hats, and purses with an option to have the apparel inscribed with the words, Edgehill Envisioned. The apparel will be sold in the Edgehill community’s new, mixed-use commercial space; the Gulch stores; 12-South stores and then, eventually, to outlying areas. As stated previously, the synergistic communal approach will spur merchandising and altruism exchanges within the Edgehill community. People will be encouraged to join the electrifying experience by witnesses the interactions.
Six community stakeholders who have helped advance NeighborH.O.O.D.’s mission will receive a Synergistic Communal Award.
1. Tom Morales for giving NeighborH.O.O.D. its first order, producing aprons (finished and delivered September 2018) for their Woolworth on 5th restaurant staff.
2. Dr. Christin Shatzer, Associate Director of General Education/Director of Service Learning, The Salt Program, Lipscomb University, for holding seminars on Eliminating Racism in partnership with NeighborH.O.O.D. and MDHA’s Social Services Department.
3. Missy Wallace, Executive Director, Nashville Institute for Faith & Work – Gotham, in association with Christ Presbyterian Church, for awarding NeighborH.O.O.D $5,000 for operating expenses.
4. Lauren Fitzgerald, Neighborhood and Artist Development Coordinator, Metro Arts, Nashville Office of Arts & Culture, awarded NeighborH.O.O.D. THRIVE micro funding to portray Edgehill’s historical icons on canvas.
5. Thomas Corritore, Property Manager, MDHA’s Gernert Studio Apartments, who provided temporary classroom, production, and storage space for the organization.
6. Nora Kern, Executive Director, Walk-Bike Nashville for allowing NeighborH.O.O.D. to become a partner in their October 2018 Open Streets Nashville event.
7. Jacqueline Thomas for donating fabric.
8. Marian Ott and Craig Phillips for seed funding.
9. Marten Fadelle for his trail blazing collaborative efforts.
10. Anna Thornton for donating Brother sewing machines.
11. Sharon Rollins for signing on as NeighborH.O.O.D.’s first instructor.
This is an important event for NeighborH.O.O.D. The above stakeholders have helped us bring the organization to this point; so, now we are reaching out to the community, as a whole, to help take the organization to the next step, which includes obtaining lease space; recruiting students; securing financing; purchasing instructional materials – computers, machines, class room furniture, fabric/notions, etc. We will let all who attend the presentation know how they can, via synergistic communal approach, support the further development of NeighborH.O.O.D.’s mission.
Agnes L. Scott, Executive Director
P.S. We are asking resources to help fund the organization by purchasing a couple of tickets ($40 each) for the event. You may pay at the door or send a check or money order to 1101 Edgehill Ave, Ste 812; Nashville, TN 37203. PayPal at neighborhoodnashville.com is available for ticket purchases or donations.