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Arts Commission

Staff

Jennifer ColeJennifer Cole - Executive Director
Jen leads the city’s efforts in art, culture and creative economy, a position she has held since 2010. She has over 20 years of experience in organizational leadership and change management and has worked extensively in the public and non-profit sectors in a variety of executive positions. She has a degree in English from the University of Mary Washington and serves on many local boards and national arts efforts including The National Arts Executive Leadership Forum and the Executive Board of the U.S. Urban Arts Federation. She is a frequent national speaker about the role of arts in community transformation.
email: jennifer.cole@nashville.gov phone: 615-862-6733

Public Art & Placemaking Team

This team’s primary job is the development of investment tools, training, special projects and ongoing programs that build the capacity of artists and non-traditional culture makers to deepen arts participation in and transform cultural life in neighborhoods. The team will be organized around general county wide activation and then have targeted portfolios on key areas of activation aligned with NashvilleNext and Metro Arts priorities outlined in Culture Here and Crafting a Creative City.

The primary focus is working is art/culture makers to hone their skills and practices within a place-based context.

Caroline VincentCaroline Vincent - Director of Public Art & Placemaking
Caroline has more than 15 years of experience managing public and fine art initiatives. She leads the city’s public art program, administers the Percent for Art Fund and has overseen the installation of more than 25 public artworks since joining Metro Arts in 2011. She previously served as Curator of Arts at the Airport at the Nashville International Airport, managed an art consulting business and directed a gallery/installation space called Twist. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia and studied art in Italy and New York City. She’s an enthusiastic yogi, mother of two, enjoys gardening, reading good fiction and cooking.
email: caroline.vincent@nashville.gov phone: 615-880-2377

Anne-Leslie OwensAnne-Leslie Owens - Public Art Project Manager
Anne-Leslie facilitates community input, artist selection, citizen selection panels, and artist contracts for multiple public art projects. With an interest in art, architecture, and history, Anne-Leslie holds a BA in Interior Design from the University of Kentucky and an MA in Public History from MTSU. Prior to joining Metro Arts, she worked for the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU, the Metro Nashville Historical Commission, and the Tennessee Historical Society.
email: anne-leslie.owens@nashville.gov phone: 615-862-6732

Van Gill MaravalliVan Gill Maravalli - Public Art Project Manager
Van facilitates community input, artist selection, citizen selection panels, and artist contracts for multiple public art projects. Prior to joining Metro Arts in 2013, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied Studio Art and received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Van is a self-proclaimed crazy plant lady and board game enthusiast.
email: van.maravalli@nashville.gov phone: 615-862-7213

Donald "Tré" HardinDonald 'Tré' Hardin - Public Art Coordinator
Tré facilitates community input, artist selection, citizen selection panels, and artist contracts for multiple public art projects. As an alumnus of Howard University, Tré studied International Business and received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree in 2016. Tré is a soccer fanatic and often spends time playing in recreational leagues and keeping up with various European cups and competitions. With a strong desire to travel, Tré loves to experience new cultures and loves to explore art, cuisine and music in his destinations. As a native Nashvillian, Tré seeks to contribute in an authentic way to the swiftly growing city by working towards equitable stimulation of growth in all of Nashville’s communities.
email: Donald.Hardin@nashville.gov phone: 615-862-6739

Lauren FitzgeraldLauren Elysse Fitzgerald - Neighborhood & Artist Development Coordinator
Lauren is an actress, singer, writer, ARTIST administrator and dreamer and innovative thinker dedicated to meeting art at the intersection of social justice. She comes to the Metro Arts Commission with 9 years of arts administration experience and is driven to meet artists and their needs through community action. Her drive is to create equitable opportunities and also to create cross cultural learning opportunities for all communities. Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
email: Lauren.Fitzgerald@nashville.gov phone: 615-862-6736

Organizational Learning & Development Team

This team’s primary job is the development of investment tools, training, and financial resources that strengthen nonprofit arts organizations in the city and non-arts organizations who seek to integrate arts programs and policies.

Rebecca BerriosRebecca Kinslow - Director of Community & Organizational Development
Rebecca Kinslow is the Director of Community & Organizational Development for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission. With 20 years of experience as an arts administrator, she has specialized in event-planning, marketing, community development, program management and organizational development in the non-profit, higher education and government sectors.
Rebecca leads the development, strategic planning and oversight of programs, partnerships and financial investments designed to support stronger arts & cultural organizations in Nashville. She oversees a $2.4 million annual public grant investment program, cultural and racial equity strategy, community arts programming and a wide network of local and national partnerships that expand the mission of Metro Arts to drive a vibrant and equitable community through the arts. She also serves on the program advisory committee for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville.
In her spare time, Rebecca savors the natural beauty and distinct cultural personality that Nashville has to offer through hiking, culinary adventures, visiting art galleries and museums, and attending live music shows and theatrical performances. She also loves to travel and is an Advanced Open Water scuba diver with more than a decade of experience and over 200 dives logged.
email: rebecca.kinslow@nashville.gov phone: 615-862-6737

Laurel Fisher profile pictureLaurel Fisher - Grants Manager
Laurel Fisher manages the Metro Arts Grants Program. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in vocal performance before making Nashville her home in 2008. Laurel has held positions at Belmont University, W.O. Smith Music School and most recently The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee as a member of the GivingMatters.com team. Because of her love for the arts and the nonprofit sector, she completed Belmont University’s Nonprofit Leadership Program in 2012. She is a graduate of the Nashville Emerging Leaders program and was a finalist in YP Nashville’s 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, drinking coffee, hiking at Warner Parks, thrift store shopping and making her own jewelry.
email: laurel.fisher@nashville.gov phone: 615-862-6744

Olusola TribbleCecilia Olusola Tribble - Community & Organizational Development Coordinator
Olusola is a musician, composer, arranger, theologian, critical thinker, writer and arts and cultural educator and critic. She comes to the Metro Arts Commission with over 15 years of arts education, artistic and liturgical consultation experience. She is deeply vested in tapping into the imagination in such a way that causes one to be empowered to tell one’s story through various artistic mediums. Olusola has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The University of Memphis, a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and a Master of Arts in Performance Studies from New York University (Tisch School of the Arts).
email: Cecilia.Tribble@nashville.gov phone: 615-862-6314

Finance & Operations Team

This team’s primary job is to ensure the necessary human, financial and technical systems to support the community change work of Metro Arts.

Skylar Peterson profile pictureSkylar Peterson - Office Coordinator
Skylar as a native of Nashville, studied Criminal Justice/Psychology at Tennessee State University. She is furthering her education in cultural and religious studies. She's a mother of one "extremely lively kid" who keeps her motivated. She enjoys festivals, documentaries, and anything related to history. Prior to joining Metro Arts, she worked in the fields of law enforcement and hospitality. She values the free things in life, like love and happiness.
email: Skylar.Peterson@nashville.gov phone: 615-862-6721

Ian MyersIan Myers - Director of Finance & Operations
Ian handles the finances for the agency and is the department’s Information Technology manager and Social Media manager. A native Nashvillian, and the son of a local artist and illustrator, Ian grew up in a household surrounded by art and culture. He is an Addy Award winning designer, an accomplished cook and avid brewer. Ian has a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Art and English from Tennessee State University.
email: ian.myers@nashville.gov phone: 615-862-6730

Metro Arts Playlist Selections (M.A.P.S.)

Metro Arts Playlist Selections - A music playlist with selections from Metro Arts staff.

The playlist can be accessed through Spotify and Apple Music.