To help artists prosper despite the economy, this unique Nashville Church opens its doors with seminars from successful industry professionals.

Since its grand opening two years ago, the Church of Scientology & Celebrity Centre of Nashville has hosted a series of seminars at its new home at 1130 8th Avenue South to help aspiring artists survive despite harsh economic times. Seminars span the creative arts from theater and film to music and fine arts.

In a seminar in May, Seattle painter Robert Blehert, whose newest poster is being released July 24 at the Minnesota Twins game at Target Field in Minneapolis, shared the secret of his success in a highly competitive field, where even in the best of times, competent and talented artists can go unnoticed.

“The single most important factor is communication,” says Blehert, “both in the art and in promoting it.”

Blehert’s “Art & Prosperity Seminar” focused on an essay in the book Art by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard in which the basic definition of art is defined: “ART is a word which summarizes THE QUALITY OF COMMUNICATION.”

“That one definition is the most important thing I have learned,” says Blehert. “Too many artists get caught up in technique at the expense of getting their thoughts and intention across. Communication is senior to technique. Knowing this one thing really puts the artist in the driver’s seat. When you know that, you know where you stand and you are the master.”

The Church of Scientology & Celebrity Centre of Nashville, located at 1130 8th Avenue South, was dedicated April 25, 2009. Visitors are welcome seven days a week 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. For more information on the Church and its programs, visit or call 615-687-4600.