Spread The Light

December 5, 2018

Join our friends at Americans of Conscience and Spread The Light with this special holiday wish list full of helpful ways to give wisely and make a difference this holiday season. “With respect and collaboration, we create a government for the people, by the people.” Let’s do it together. #engageconnectempower #getcivic #holidayBriteHeart

Image: Filip Mroz @filipmroz

10 Things Every American Should Know

December 4, 2018

What are the top 10 things every American should know? 

Thirty years ago, E.D. Hirsch activated civic conversations throughout America with his book Cultural Literacy. He argued that every American should have a grasp of fundamental information about our country in order to be culturally literate. Hirsch listed 5,000 names, facts, phrases, dates and cultural references that he believed represented a reasonable core of knowledge that all Americans should possess.

Self-Care Soul Search

November 25, 2018

We’ve come a long way baby and it’s especially important right now to give our inner artivist some serious self-care. Get a head start before the holidays take over with this thoughtful Self-Care Worksheet from Jennifer Hofmann at Americans of Conscience. If you want to make a difference and don’t know where to start, put your feet up, light a candle, take a look inside and see just what amazingness is about to unfold.

Get High on Gratitude

November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving is good for you — not all that turkey and stuffing, but the gratitude part. If you don’t believe us, check out these 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude. Here at BriteHeart, we like to shine a light on the good that is being done by all you amazing hard working dedicated individuals making a real difference in our world.

What Do We Do Now?

November 16, 2018

Midterm balance gains

If you’re blue, you might not be totally thrilled with the outcome of the midterm election. If you’re red, green, or in between, the same goes. From a bipartisan perspective, our newly-balanced Congress is good news for our struggling democracy.

A balanced Congress means there’s accountability, more checks and balances, and more opportunity for collaboration across the aisle and within parties.

Follow the Leaders

November 9, 2018

As our beloved Appalachian Hippie Poet said at Civic Saturday in Cookeville: “Light the damn torch and follow the light!” There is a light that never goes out and it has been passed on, leader to courageous leader and now to us, to you and to me.

When I am overwhelmed with all I see on the news, on Facebook, on Twitter, when I am not sure what to think or how to feel about any given issue, I am challenged to lean into the Constitution, to know it and test it and grapple with it as we see Dr King doing from the Birmingham Jail, when he writes: “I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” He’s pleading the Constitution which at the time was being used against him, to arrest and imprison him, but would also serve to liberate him and all people of color along with him.

Now What?

November 7, 2018
Take a Day of Rest This Week

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. – Anne Lamott

For each person, self-care looks different, but doing something self-nourishing this week is a priority. Regardless of the outcome of the elections, there’s a lot of work still to be done, so give yourself some much deserved down time. 

Get Out The Vote With Us!

November 6, 2018

Arts + Activism = #Artivism, — a movement is growing in Tennessee, led by Music City’s own! ⚡️⚡️⚡️ BriteHeart co-founder Kate Tucker talks with Adam Gold of VICE about the impact of artists like Taylor Swift stepping up and speaking out. Wanna help get-out-the-vote in this crucial election season?  Check out our upcoming events and sign up to volunteer.

#GetCivic!

October 26, 2018

Right now in America, we stand a country divided — and this moment of anxiety and divisiveness calls for a new approach to maintaining a healthy, active citizenry. In a country held together not by race or religion, but by a common creed, how do we maintain any sense of national cohesion?