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Arts Commission

Staff

Jen Cole profile pictureJennifer 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 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
Tre facilitates community input, artist selection, citizen selection panels, and artist contracts for multiple public art projects. As an alumnus of Howard University, Tre studied International Business and received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree in 2016. Tre 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, Tre loves to experience new cultures and loves to explore art, cuisine and music in his destinations. As a native Nashvillian, Tre 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

Community Arts

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

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 - Cultural Equity 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

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

Office Support

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 - Administrative and Finance Director
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