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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 Vincent - Public Art Manager
Caroline leads the city’s public art program, supervises multiple monumental and neighborhood-based public art projects and administers the Percent for Art Fund. She has overseen the installation of more than 20 public artworks since joining Metro Arts in 2011. She previously served as Curator of Arts at the Airport at the Nashville International Airport as well as ran a corporate art consulting business and gallery.
email: caroline.vincent@nashville.gov phone: (615) 880-2377

Anne-Leslie Owens - Public Art Project Coordinator
Anne-Leslie facilitates community input, artist selection, citizen selection panels, and artist contracts for multiple public art projects. Prior to joining Metro Arts in 2013, Anne-Leslie served as Programs Manager for the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), working with communities to best utilize their heritage assets.
email: anne-leslie.owens@nashville.gov phone: (615) 862-6732

Van 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.
email: van.gill@nashville.gov phone: (615) 862-7213

Community Arts

Leigh 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 Berrios - Community Engagement Manager
Rebecca joined Metro Arts in July 2011. Her role as community project coordinator includes managing the Artist Registry, coordinating Artober Nashville and leading various initiatives to expand and support the arts in Nashville.
email: rebecca.berrios@nashville.gov phone: (615) 862-6737

Kana GainesCommunity Arts Coordinator
As Community Arts Coordinator, Kana assists the management of Metro Arts' grant programs and micro-funding program, THRIVE. Her responsibilities include grantee and applicant support and education, as well as grants/micro-funds administration and compliance. Kana is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
email: kana.gaines@nashville.gov phone: (615) 862-6314

Office Support

Judy Miller - Office Coordinator
Judy joined the team in August of 2000 and is responsible for providing office management services for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.
email: judy.miller@nashville.gov phone: (615) 862-6721

Ian Myers - Finance Manager
Hired in May of 2007, Ian handles the finances for the agency and is the department’s Information Technology manager and Social Media manager.
email: ian.myers@nashville.gov phone: (615) 862-6730