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Staff

Jen Cole HeadshotJennifer 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 Staff

Caroline VincentCaroline Vincent - Director of Public Art
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 Coordinator
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 Coordinator
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

Community Arts

Leigh PattonLeigh Patton - Community Arts Manager
Leigh manages the city’s arts grant programs, and other Metro Arts’ initiatives involving arts access, community partnerships, professional development and peer networking. Leigh joined Metro Arts in February 2011 after six years as Director of Community Arts Development for the Tennessee Arts Commission.
email: leigh.patton@nashville.gov phone: (615) 862-6744

Rebecca BerriosRebecca Berrios - Director of Community Engagement
With over 17 years of experience, Rebecca leads initiatives to expand and support the arts in Nashville including Artober Nashville, the THRIVE micro-funding program, and the city’s participation in the national Poetry in Motion® program. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys taking in the natural beauty and distinct cultural personality that Nashville has to offer through hiking, dining, visiting art galleries and museums, and attending live shows everywhere from Exit In to the Ryman Auditorium. She has hula-hooped three half-marathons, is an Advanced Open Water scuba diver, and the mother of an 18 year old cat.
email: rebecca.berrios@nashville.gov phone: (615) 862-6737

Kana GainesKana GainesCommunity Arts Coordinator
As Community Arts Coordinator, Kana shares the management of grant and micro-funding programs. Outside of the office, Kana is an active performance poet, salsa dancer, and cultural blogger. Having spent her childhood between Houston, Texas and Madisonville, Tennessee, she has a natural appreciation for both urban and rural creative expressions. Kana received her B.A. in English and Spanish from Fisk University and her M.A. in English from Tennessee State University.
email: kana.gaines@nashville.gov phone: (615) 862-6314

Office Support

Judy MillerJudy Miller - Office Coordinator
Judy joined the team in 2000 providing office management services for the Arts Commission. In that capacity, she assists staff members with projects, meeting logistics, payroll, databases, and is a department representative for Human Resources. Originally from Chattanooga, Judy has four children and nine grandchildren.
email: judy.miller@nashville.gov phone: (615) 862-6721

Ian MyersIan Myers - Finance Manager
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