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To Create Innovation and Creativity, Dr. David Owens Says Something Has to Stop

Dr. David Owens, 57, was born in Germany and moved to the U.S. to attend Stanford University when he was 18 years old.

“My mom’s German so we spoke German at home. We wore lederhosen and ate bratwurst and sauerkraut,” he said. “I remember being on the plane on way to school and I couldn’t figure out where it was. I didn’t know where San Francisco was compared to Los Angeles. I didn’t really know anything.”

David encountered a great deal of culture shock, which made the transition to the United States difficult.

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Visual Artist Mary Mooney Breaks Away from the Rectangle

Mary Mooney, 30, is a visual artist born in Atlanta.

As a child, Mary said her father’s job would transfer him a lot, so she and her family moved around quite a bit. Her move to Nashville nearly five years ago marks the city as the longest place she’s ever lived.

“Even though I’m not from here and there is a whole new wave of people moving in, it does feel like this is home because this community has embraced me and all of my creative passions,” she said.

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For Butch Rice, Music and Community are About Commonality

Butch Rice, was born in Milan, Tennessee but moved to Louisville when he was young.

As a kid, his mother made him play the piano and in middle school she signed him up for choir too.

“Music became my best friend. I wanted to be surrounded by it,” he said.

At that time, Butch said what influenced him musically was what he heard from his parents. He said people like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Andraé Crouch, Walter Hawkins, and Sly and the Family Stone all had a significant impact on him while growing up.

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Hometown Kid Jackson Jones is Only Getting Started on His Dreams

Jackson Jones, 21, has lived in Murfreesboro his entire life and couldn’t imagine going to any other school than MTSU.

“My mother went here and graduated in the 80s, and my father has been around Murfreesboro his entire life, so I’m just kind of the hometown kid.”

When Jackson was a little kid he wanted to be a meteorologist. He said he’s never been uncomfortable being in front of a camera or talking in front of people. Looking up to people like News Channel 5’s Lelan Statom as his role model, Jackson said the job was appealing to him until another interest grew on him.

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Music Brought Alicia Lundquist to the US then to Nashville

Continuing our series with Festival of the Nations, today we bring you Alicia Lundquist.

Alicia Lundquist, 70, originally from the Philippines came to the United States as a young bride to a naval officer.

A well-known singer and entertainer there, she was invited to the U.S. by famous televangelist Bob Hope.

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For Shoheb Punjani, Business is about a Human Connection

Shoheb Punjani, 24, was born in India in 1991.

At the age of eight in 1999, he and his family moved to the United States.

Shoheb has always been geared toward creativity. Today, he is the founder of a startup called Ark Content Media Management, a small business whose goal is to further the presence of other small businesses online.

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Lily Hansen Met Her Community through Collaborations

Lily Hansen, 29, originally from Chicago, moved to Nashville in 2012.

Growing up in a creative atmosphere, Lily started writing when she was 18. In college, she worked as a journalist and as an art critic for her school newspaper.

Graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010, she said her experiences in the city were polarizing.

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Maneet Chauhan Adds Spice to the Nashville Community

Maneet Chauhan, 39, was born and raised in a small but diverse city in India.

“Each and every state in India has a very distinct cuisine of its own,” she said. “I was this obnoxious kid who would finish eating at home and then go to my neighbor’s house and eat with them too.”

Maneet said those obnoxious experiences gave her an appreciation for ingredients, spices, and cuisines. It opened her up to new techniques that weren’t used at her house.