The Sumner Songbirds project has been a truly special experience.  Participants began by meeting Trish Fitzgerald who share the story of her husband’s work in building industry even after he went blind.

The group next stopped to listen to Barry Young who told fascinating tales of the many noted musicians who have made Sumner County their home.

Then it was time for some homework. The group was tasked with doing some research in finding images that represented monuments, Sumner County, Music and materials that could be used to build a monument.  They learned how to use jamboards and put their various images into this application.

Dee Kimbrell met with the group as they reviewed each other’s research and discussed designing a monument that would represent the music of Sumner County TN.

It was time for homework again. The group went back to their individual drawing boards and were task with creating a concept for a monument to represent the music of Sumner County TN.  5 of the participants completed this task and turned in a drawing.

The drawings were presented to Cassetty Architects who selected a design.  The winning design belonged to Morgan Vice.

This Saturday the 5 finalists will meet again with Dee Kimbrell and learn how to create a model of Morgan’s design.

This project has been an amazing journey in learning about Sumner County, architecture, how to use new technologies and developing new art skills.

Thanks to our supporters of this project: The Memorial Foundation, Mark and Niki Antonini and an ABC grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.