Grammy Award Winning Country Music Artist, Linda Davis was our special guest performer for the evening of the search. Linda Davis also provided a workshop for the selected contestants! Contestants learned tips on how to perform and engage their audience by a professional recording artist. www.lindadavis.com
$300 was awarded to the Overall Win: Zachary Dame and Zakiyah Lamb!! 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and runner ups received trophies.
"Each year my spirit is renewed knowing that Generation for Creation exists, giving children a place to encourage, develop, create and express their talents. Sometimes we all need to remember our dreams as a child and aspire to be everything we want to be." Lynnette Cole, first Miss USA from Tennessee
A native of Columbia, Tenn., Cole described Generation for Creation as “one of Murfreesboro’s hidden secrets … (and) a great program for children and parents to get involved in.”
MTSU alumni, Alli Scott, majored in vocal performance and speech and theatre, said her past GFC participation was a much-welcomed experience that benefited her self-confidence and helped her develop artistically.
“It’s a great opportunity for young people to show off their talents,” she said. “(And) being in the (annual GFC) talent show was just another way to overcome my fear of performing and to show (the audience) what I had been working on and what I wanted to be.”
The work Spencer accomplishes via GFC is even more important for today’s young people, Scott noted, because of the ever-increasing funding cuts that arts-related curricula have received within public school systems both locally and nationwide.
“The arts are slowly drifting away from school programs,” Scott said, “and I think (GFC) emphasizes how important (the arts) are to the kids.”
We miss our "Helping Hand" Contributor and Friend, Dr. George Smith. We had a video presentation about his life at the event. Dr. George Smith was a well loved and known family medicine doctor and self taught artist and historian. He was influential in providing scholarships, educational opportunities to young people and known for his creative visionary fundraisers for people of all ages.
Middle Tennessee State University's Physics and Astronomy Department provided a planetarium for the audience to view prior to the event.