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Arts Commission

THRIVE Timeline and Awards Process

FY17 Funding is Fully Allocated.

FY18 Due Dates for THRIVE Applications

  • July 31, 2017
  • September 30, 2017
  • November 30, 2017
  • February 28, 2018

If funding is not fully allocated by the final application deadline, applications will be accepted on a monthly rolling deadline until funding is fully allocated.

Awards Process

Applicants will be notified via email of the status of their proposal. If a project is funded the applicant/artists can expect to receive payment within 30 days of invoicing Metro Arts. Furthermore, the applicant agrees to the following terms:

  1. Recipient will use funds to pay for artist fees and/or purchase supplies and materials that support the project described in the proposal.
  2. Recipient will obtain all permits, licenses, and permissions necessary for the project.
  3. Recipient will comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
  4. In all publicity, promotions and/or printed materials related to the project, the recipient will credit Metro Arts according to the Credit and Logo Usage Guidelines.
  5. Within thirty days of project completion recipient will submit a final project report including the following items:
    • Completed Final Report Form
    • Invoice for remaining balance of funds owed
    • One piece of promotional material showing required credit to Metro Arts credit. (can be email, poster, social media screenshot, etc.)
    • Provide high-resolution photos and/or videos of the project

Scoring Criteria/System for Feedback

  1. Artistic Excellence (Maximum of 25 points): Quality and excellence in artist merit, skill, and practice. The applicant clearly explains their artistic practice and methods for creation and has experience in those practices and/or is working with partners in the community toward quality artistic outcomes. The artist's work samples will also be a contributing factor in determining Artistic Excellence.
  2. Neighborhood Placemaking/Activation (Maximum of 25 points): The project activates a neighborhood, connects neighborhoods, and/or the larger Nashville community. The project reimagines a space or activates it artistically. The project addresses a cultural, social, or economic need.The artist(s) has innovative ideas for working in the public realm. Project elevates issues in the community, engages citizens in a dialogue, and creates a social impact.
  3. Community Engagement/Participation* (Maximum of 25 points): The community is clearly defined in this project. The project is inclusive of the whole community but provides targeted arts opportunities for citizens whose opportunities might be limited because of geography, economics, ability, age, race or cultural background are given priority. The project welcomes the community into the art form. The community and artist are engaged in a creative exchange, as the community informs the art-making, performance, and decision making process. The art making activities or performances are accessible to the public.Project elevates issues in the community, engages citizens in a dialogue, and creates a social impact. Projects bring attention to specific challenges in the civic realm.
  4. Project Feasibility and Logistics (Maximum of 25 points)
    The proposal demonstrates an ability to carry out the proposed project. It has a realistic budget and timeline. The individuals, organizations, and entities that the applicant is partnering with to execute the project have been identified. The partners are invested in the project and will ensure its success.evidence of feasibility and durability of materials, if physical artwork is proposed