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Edmondson Park

Edmondson Park artwork

Edmondson Park features three public artworks:

Road to the Mountaintop by Thornton Dial
Supported by the Ancestors by Lonnie Holley
The Gathering by artist Sherri Warner Hunter

In honor of Nashville native William Edmondson (1874-1951), a self-taught artist and the first African-American to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Metro Arts commissioned two internationally-known self-taught artists, Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley, to create site-specific public artworks for Edmondson Park.

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) led the revitalization of the park. The park design incorporates ideas developed during the Design Your Neighborhood project initiated by the Nashville Civic Design Center, which invited youth from the community to reimagine the park space.

Created in 2001 by Sherri Warner Hunter, The Gathering was completed in collaboration with students and staff from the Oasis Center and community volunteers. In 2013 the Oasis Center donated the sculpture to the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and relocated to Edmondson Park in 2014.

Download the Edmondson Park Brochure

Teacher Cadre

In The Classroom

Metro Arts worked with the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation at Lipscomb University and a team of talented Metro Public School teachers to develop Revitalized! Common Core Instructional Strategies as Experienced through Lessons in Nashville's Edmondson Park. The lessons developed by the teacher cadre can be found here. Please contact us to let us know how you've utilized these resources. We'd love to hear from you!

Lonnie Holley's Artist-in-Residence Workshops


As part of the Edmondson Park project, Lonnie Holley participated in an artist residency at the Oasis Center. During the residency Holley led two artist workshops for youth served by the Oasis Center, met with community members during an Open House and a led a third artist workshop for members of the Metro Arts Teacher Cadre.

Participants created sculptures out of found objects. Specifically, students attending the Oasis Center Bike Workshop made a sculpture out of recycled bicycle parts.

Funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission

Tennessee Arts Commission