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Artist Lonnie Holley

This section of our site is where you'll find artist resources, Calls to Artists and upcoming workshops or training opportunities. We do not currently have any open Calls to Artists, but any available opportunities will be posted here.

All Calls to Artists are managed through For ease of application when opportunities are open, please create a account which is free for artists.

Local Resources

If you are interested in connecting with the arts community in Nashville, check out the following resources:

Connect with Metro Arts

Metro Arts publishes a bi-monthly e-newsletter called Arts Alert and a monthly artist-opportunities focused e-newsletter once a month. Sign up for Arts Alert and Arts Buzz to stay in the know about all artist opportunities across the city.In addition, occasional e-blasts go out about other programming and special opportunities.

Metro Arts maintains a comprehensive public art web site and on-the-go guide to the Public Art Collection, Art in Public Places, Galleries, Museums and more.

THRIVE: an artist micro-fund program

THRIVE is a community arts focused funding program designed to encourage artistic development, engage neighborhood art-making, open up and reimagine places, and inspire and activate the imagination through shared experiences and art-making in Davidson County. The program equips artists, organizations and businesses with funding and project development tools that empower them to realize their artistic goals, while enriching the quality of life in Nashville.

Nashville Arts Magazine

Nashville Arts Magazine is a monthly publication that beautifully documents all that is happening in the arts each month in Nashville. In addition, Metro Arts public art staff write a monthly public art column.

Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville

The Arts & Business Council leverages and unites the unique resources of the arts and business communities to create a thriving, sustainable creative culture in Nashville. They offer a host of educational seminars and workshops for artists, including Periscope, Artist Entrepreneur Training, which empowers working artists to see their vision through an entrepreneurial lens.

Poverty and the Arts: Artist Collective

The POVA Artist Collective is comprised of homeless and formerly homeless creatives that are pursuing art and creativity as a means to make real, sustainable change in their lives. Through our Artist Collective program, PovA artists have access to studio space, art supplies, professional development workshops, and opportunities to sell and exhibit original artwork and prints.

Music Makes Us

The Music Makes Us® Online Hub is a listing of professional artists and organizations, vetted by a selection panel, which will enhance teaching and learning opportunities for students and teachers in Metro Nashville Schools. Direct experience with the music and arts community brings the curriculum to life beyond classroom walls. The Hub is designed to promote awareness of quality programs available in the community and help facilitate communication and scheduling. Music Makes Us® will maintain a pool of funds to assist teachers with the cost of programs.

Tennessee Arts Commission

The mission of the Tennessee Arts Commission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities. Through a variety of investments, the Commission encourages excellence in artistic expression through the state’s artists, arts organizations and arts activities. They offer grants, professional development, individual artist fellowships and operate a visual arts gallery at their downtown location. To find out more, visit the Tennessee Arts Commission web site.

National Resources

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) - Public Art Network (PAN)

Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) develops professional services for the broad array of individuals and organizations engaged in the diverse field of public art. PAN is the only professional network in the United States dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment.

Creative Capital

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Our pioneering approach—inspired by venture-capital principles—helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices.

Public Art Review

Forecast Public Art is a non-profit arts organization that connects the energies and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities, guiding our partners in creating public art that expresses the community’s sense of place and pride.