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Arts Commission


THRIVE animated logo 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.

Now Accepting Proposals for FY17

THRIVE provides funding support for community arts in two categories: Community Activation and Community Collaboration. A Community Activation project will demonstrate how it activates a place within a neighborhood while providing artistic experiences for the community; while a Community Collaboration project will focus on collaborating with the community by actively engaging them in creative exchange.

(July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)

Project proposals that occur in Metro Council Districts that have yet to be funded will be more competitive. Previously funded districts include: 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 31, 33

Theory of Community Change

When your artistic idea embraces community engagement and participation, it gives rise to new art and innovation. This creative neighborhood transformation guarantees that Nashville THRIVES.

Theory of Community Change Model


Jennifer Cole, Executive Director
Rebecca Berrios, Director of Community Engagement
Lauren Fitzgerald, Neighborhood & Artist Development Coordinator