Monthaven Art and Cultural Center

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Veterans Programming


For Those Who Served

The MACC’s deep and abiding commitment to military veterans is a driving force behind its Annual Veterans Art Exhibition. Our goal is to advance the message of military honor and sacrifice through the arts.

Who We Are

Between the Lines Healing Arts for Veterans

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center offers a FREE Healing Arts Program called “Between the Lines” to empower military veterans in Middle Tennessee who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and major depressive disorder. Our healing arts facilitators work with participants at Veterans Recovery Center in Murfreesboro and other places to find creative ways to overcome depressive and anxious feelings.

Our healing arts projects foster self-awareness. They also encourage self-talk, emotional processing, thought restructuring, personal goal-setting, social skills, and community building through the creation of visual art in a positive group setting. For more information, contact [email protected]. To support Between the Lines, click below.


Warriors Workshop

Calling all military veterans! We want you for participation in our new Warriors Workshop: Stories Forged in Fire. This is a one-of-a-kind, creative process that taps into the unique, burned-in experiences military service members have lived during war and peace. Led by the MACC’s Healing Arts facilitator, metal sculptor, and veteran Val Adams (U.S. Air Force, Ret.), these Friday group sessions are FREE for veterans.

Join us as we use fire, metal, and wood to create personal art pieces that illustrate your story. Through Warriors Workshop, veterans will learn how to channel, shape, and share their experiences while gaining a sense of accomplishment as their creations come to life. Together we will explore the burned-in experience.

Monthaven’s Between the Lines Healing Arts program for veterans is offering this free expressive arts class on Fridays at the MACC from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm beginning September 29, 2023. All materials are provided, and no artistic experience is necessary.


Registration for this free workshop is required. To register, click HERE or for more information, call Deputy Director Tonya Mirtes at (615) 822-0789.

What We Do: Taking It to The Vets


Veterans Art Exhibition

The MACC has long been devoted to art by and for military veterans, in part because Monthaven is so steeped in the region’s military history. During the Civil War, the mansion was converted into a field hospital. Both Union and Confederate soldiers were treated in the home.

Today, Monthaven is a place where members of the armed services and their families are celebrated through the arts. Every year, the MACC presents an annual Veteran Arts Exhibition and Fundraiser. The featured artist for the Fifth Annual event in August 2023 was legendary combat photographer Nick Ut, who received the Pulitzer Prize for his photo “The Terror of War.”

Proceeds from the MACC’s fundraiser support the “Between the Lines” healing arts programs for military veterans. For more information about supporting the MACC’s Healing Arts Program, call (615) 822-0789 or email [email protected].

Commited to our vets

MACC Touring Veterans Art Exhibition

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center is now touring an exhibition titled Vietnam 2 Soldiers. 2 Artists. 2 Journeys. Then & Now, featuring the artwork of renowned artists (and Vietnam veterans) David Wright and Chuck Creasy.

The exhibit includes many of the sketches of American soldiers and Vietnamese civilians that Wright drew in-country in 1965. Creasy, who served as a forward artillery observer in 1968, returned to Vietnam as a visitor exactly 50 years after his deployment. The experience inspired him to create a series of colorful expressive watercolors of the Vietnamese people and countryside.

Together, Wright’s and Creasy’s colorful, remarkably sensitive artwork serves as a lasting testament to the healing power of art. The exhibition’s 2022-23 touring schedule includes stops at the Customs House in Clarksville, Tenn., Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va., Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Ashland City Library in Ashland, Kan. If your museum, gallery or organization is interested in hosting Vietnam 2 Soldiers. 2 Artists. 2 Journeys. Then & Now, contact [email protected].

Join Us

Our Healing Arts facilitators currently work with veterans at the Veterans Recovery Center in Murfreesboro, Tn. Military veterans and others interested in finding out more about our Between the Lines programming for veterans should contact us.

Kaylin Warden

External Affairs Coordinator

Kaylin Warden joined the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center staff in 2024 as External Affairs Coordinator. In this post, she organizes special off-site events and manages the organization’s external communications. She also works with the development department by updating the MACC’s customer relations database, and she assists the executive director in setting up exhibitions. Above all else, Kaylin is passionate about the arts. It comes as no surprise, then, that she is now pursuing a master’s degree in art history. When she’s not at the MACC, you can find her reading her favorite books (especially ones dealing with maritime mysteries), cooking, gardening, playing with her cat and two dogs, and cheering for the Nashville Predators.

Ruth Chase

Regional Arts Director
Ruth Chase is the Regional Arts Director of Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, joining the team in 2023. For Ruth, the job is all about community, bringing people together to uplift and educate artists and art lovers alike. Her role at Monthaven is to strengthen the local artist community and build connections that will enrich Hendersonville and our surrounding communities through art exhibitions, art education, and opportunities for regional artists.
Prior to joining Monthaven, Ruth worked in the arts for over 30 years and is a multimedia artist and graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artistic practice is inquiry-based and engages in community bridge-building. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles, curated and juried exhibitions, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum.
Ruth was awarded an Artist-in-Residence for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for three consecutive years. Her film Belonging screened at both the 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival and Wild & Scenic Film Festival. She has received the Legendary Female Artist of Venice award, and she has exhibited in The Crocker Kingsley, the Museum of Northern California Art, and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute. Ruth also continues her work as a Curatorial Consultant and Art director for the Californian Indigenous Research Project, where she has worked with the local tribe since 2018.