The Benwood Blog

Highlighting the people and projects that are working to make Chattanooga great within Benwood’s four focus areas Place, Talent, Advantage and Culture.

Culture

Let's All Go To the Movies

Let's All Go To the Movies

Early in the process of putting together the Chattanooga Film Festival project, a friend (who shall remain nameless Dragnet style in an effort to protect the innocent!), asked me a question: "Do film festivals need to exist anymore? Films of all types are easier to get a hold of than ever before.”


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Culture

Building a Music Scene

Music is a powerful thing. Music is personal. It spurs emotion, defines an expression, captures a feeling, makes a moment, professes love, relieves stress, affects your mood, sooths your soul, makes you move, recalls a memory, and educates your mind. There are countless benefits of music in your life whether you are the musician or in the audience, it’s equally rewarding. Music is not only personal, but it also fosters community. Community within the fan base of a particular artist or band, community online, community between musicians, and community in your hometown.


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Culture

Exploring Our Creative Chattanooga

Exploring Our Creative Chattanooga

Chattanooga has had a tremendous legacy of cultural philanthropy, which has allowed us to develop progressive arts organizations. I am proud to work for one such institution and am delighted when a senior offers a sweet reminiscence of his annual Christmas tree visits as a child, elated for the young bride who tells of her fiancé proposing to her on one of our terraces, and I grin each time I see a proud dad bringing his son to the same summer camp he attended as a child.


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Culture

Chattanooga: A New Standard of Wellness

Chattanooga: A New Standard of Wellness

"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."    - John F. Kennedy


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Culture

The Power of Perspective

Not long ago, I sat down with my family to fellowship, reflect, and give thanks for 2013. As we went around the table the typical ‘Thanksgiving’ items were listed: food, shelter, jobs, etc. Now, I am not being cynical; the aforementioned are certainly things to be thankful for and should never be taken for granted. However, the significance of one item my grandmother mentioned did not hit me until much later – health. You see, my grandmother has many of the typical ailments that accompany old age – failing eyesight, arthritis, high blood pressure, tricky cholesterol, poor circulation, and impaired hearing. These days she experiences more bad days (health-wise) than good. And yet, she manages to be more thankful for her health than her grandsons (who, by the way, work in the health industry) are for theirs. While opinion might vary depending on who you ask, after some personal reflection, I believe that the answer is simply perspective.


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