St. Cecilia Academy News
SCA Paints a Melody
St. Cecilia Academy art students shared their talents with the Nashville community as they joined the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Gibson Foundation to participate in GuitarTown KIDS Nashville, an initiative that invited local high school students to design and decorate guitars for a community display and auction fundraising event coming up in February 2018.
The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry's leading foundation that funds medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer. The Foundation was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $280 million for research at seven flagship hospitals in the United States.
St. Cecilia Academy art students let their imaginations loose and collaborated with local country music artists about inspiration for their guitars. To begin the brainstorming country music artists Terri Clark and Lindsay Ell visited St. Cecilia's intermediate, advanced, and masters visual arts classes to talk about the inspiration behind a few of their songs and to encourage the students to discover their true passions while remaining confident in their gifts especially as women.
St. Cecilia Fine Arts Department chair and art teacher, Amie Pike said, "It was wonderful for our visual arts students to participate in this service project. It was a great collaboration between students to design and paint these guitars with inspiration from performing artists. We are proud to join the fight against childhood cancers."
The art students in Barbara Gronefeld's advanced and masters visual arts classes were inspired by Terri Clark's song, "No Fear," a song that encourages hope and strength. Layered on top of a Vincent van Gogh-inspired Nashville skyline, the art students painted hearts signifying the prayers, love, and community outreach for children who are fighting cancer.
Inspired by Lindsay Ell's song "Castle", students in Amie Pike's intermediate art class illustrated the journey of learning to appreciate what each person has been given and how beautiful each life is, incorporating Ell's lyrics, "You forget what you could lose when you only see what you can gain," into the design.
For a school dedicated to music and the arts, this guitar-painting project was a natural fit, and the two musicians, Terri Clark and Lindsay Ell, enjoyed learning more about St. Cecilia, patron saint of music.