Public Art Program
Public Art is artwork created by professional artists through a community input process. The artwork is funded through a public art ordinance adopted in 2000 and managed with public art guidelines. The ordinance sets aside 1% of certain capital improvement project funds for the commissioning and purchase of art. Since Nashville’s public art program began, fifty permanent works of art have been added to the public art collection. Several additional works of art are in varying stages of being commissioned, fabricated and installed.
In May of 2017, the Arts Commission and Public Art Committee adopted a new plan for Public Art in Nashville. The Public Art Community Investment Plan signals an important new direction for public art in Nashville, advancing the vision that every Nashvillian experiences a creative city. This plan is Nashville's plan, driven by Nashville's vision for its future.
Metro Public Art is driven by three core values. Together, they are a foundation for everything the program does.
- We are committed to Equity
- We are committed to Artists
- We are committed to the Public Realm
Metro Public Art believes that four goals will help achieve our vision.
- Stronger Public Art Ecosystem
- Deeper Civic and Cultural Participation
- Vibrant Creative Neighborhoods
- Vital Public Realm
Read more about the Community Investment Plan.
Learn more about the Nashville’s first percent-for-art project.
If you would like to get involved with the Public Art process, please sign up to receive our email newsletters for artist opportunities and community meeting updates, or nominate someone to be a selection panelist.
Metro Arts maintains the public art collection through an ongoing schedule of routine maintenance as well as repair and restoration work. If you see an artwork that needs attention, please let us know about artwork that needs maintenance or repair.
Public Art Committee
- Hope Stringer, Chair
- Jim Schmidt
- Omari Booker
- Sheila Dial-Barton
- Katie Delmez
- Jana Harper
- David Jon Walker
- Rebecca Ratz, Metro Parks
- Stephanie McCullough, Metro Planning
- Don Reid, Metro Public Works