Celebrate Arts in Parks

View of a a winds band from behind the conductor.
National Parks have inspired artists for more than a century. Join us throughout the month of October as we celebrate Arts in Parks with an array of special programs.

Music Concerts

Saturday October 7, 2017 (1 PM) - Made In America presented by the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra's Brass Quintet

Saturday October 14, 2017 (11 AM, 1 & 2 PM) - Home Sweet Home Band Concerts

Sunday October 15, 2017 (2 PM) - Tennessee Valley Winds Concert
Painting depicting the Hazen Brigade Monument in the background with a cannon in the foreground. A Heron flies above in the sky.

Arts In Parks Instagram Photo Contest

Help us celebrate Arts in the Parks and have a chance to win one of our new art posters by participating in our Instagram Photo Contest.

Starting on October 1, 2017, we will announce the weekly theme for entries every Sunday. The competition will open on Sundays and close on Wednesdays. The photo that gets the most likes by 5 PM every Saturday will be our winner.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Take an awesome picture in the park, or use one of your old favorites;

2. Post the picture on Instagram and tag us at @StonesRiverNPS;

3. Remember to include the hashtag #StonesRiverPics in the caption; and

4. Encourage your friends to follow us and like your photo.

So get those cameras and phones ready and share a photo for every one of our weekly themes.

Week One: History on the Landscape (October 1st – 4th, winner announced on 7th)
We open our contest with photos that feature the landscape and aspects of it that conjure the terrible events that unfolded nearly 155 years ago at Stones River, along with other periods of our shared past. Think of physical reminders; earthworks, cannons, fences and other aspects of the battlefield that reminds you of the people who lived, struggled and died here.

Week Two: Stones River's Wild Side (8th – 11th, winner announced on 14th)
See if you can capture some of the beautiful, diverse plants and animals seen on the battlefield, or perhaps you could focus on what can be found near the Stones River itself or the park’s geological features.

Week Three: Never Forget (15th – 18th, winner announced on 21st)
This week’s photos should illustrate the monuments that mark the battlefield, including the thousands of headstones in Stones River National Cemetery, and remind us of the sacrifices that forged our nation and gave it "A new birth of freedom."

Final Week: Anything Goes! (22nd – 25th, winner announced on 28th)
For the final week, anything goes! Feel completely free to capture any aspect of the battlefield.

Three college students pose knelling in the midst of paintings and sculptures they created.

Student Art Contest

Stop by our visitor center and check out artwork created by local high school and college students. Students can submit a work based on one of three themes:

1. A Community Called Cemetery
2. A Battlefield Wildlife Refuge
3. What Did the Battle of Stones River Accomplish?

A committee of park employees and volunteers will choose a winner in each category at the end of the month. We expect the first works to be on display by mid-October.

If you are interested in entering the contest, contact Park Ranger John McKay at john_b_mckay@nps.gov for more details.

Last updated: October 5, 2017

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