With the current concern about COVID-19, it’s maybe easy to lose track of the fact that the struggles against other diseases continue unabated. That’s particularly true with the scourge of breast cancer. To raise money and awareness for the cause, the artist-decorated breast casts of over six-dozen notable Nashville women are being exhibited and sold via a virtual auction. The Keep A Breast Nashville Breast Cast Exhibit & Auction coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and benefits the event’s organizers, the Keep A Breast Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes breast cancer education, support, and advocacy aimed at young people.
KAB’s Nashville Breast Cast collection features the casts of local breast cancer survivors, as well as artists, musicians, activists, politicians, and small business owners. The roster for the Nashville exhibit includes musicians Mickey Guyton, Margo Price, and Cam; chef Julia Sullivan; activist Fiona Prine; model Karen Elson; and former Nashville mayor Megan Barry. Each participant was asked to pick a visual artist to decorate their cast and the list of artists donating their work includes Herakut, Hunt Slonem, Logan Hicks, Trevor Mikula, Phillip Sweet, Vadis Turner, and many more.
“The women in the exhibit are strong, fierce and empowering individuals,” founder and global chief creative officer of the KAB Foundation, Shaney Jo Darden, says. “The casts are a visual representation that all bodies are beautiful. Through art, we are able to communicate complex feelings and emotions about a very serious topic and engage a community in self-care and activism.”
As the 20th international city to host a KAB breast cast event, Nashville will directly benefit from the sale by KAB designating $5,000 from the sales from the for “Give Back Grants.” These $500 grants will support black, Indigenous, and people of color in Tennessee who are breast cancer survivors or have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The exhibit is now open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at Riverside Revival, 1600 Riverside Drive in East Nashville. Admission is free. The virtual public auction is now running on Charity Buzz through Wednesday, October 28. For more info, to view the full collection, and to place a bid, visit