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Parks and Recreation

Visual Centennial Art CenterArts Division

Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center is a Historic Building located in the 25th Avenue North and Park Plaza corner of Nashville, Tennessee's beautiful Centennial Park. Originally built as a swimming complex in 1932, it closed in 1959 and was renovated in 1971. The first Metro Nashville owned structure rehabilitated for “Adaptive Reuse,” it earned Museum Status by reopening as Centennial Art Center – a gallery and visual arts teaching facility that includes painting and pottery studios (Centennial Arts Center brochure). Visit us in Centennial Park (Centennial Park map).

Mission Statement

The mission of Metro Parks and Recreation's Visual Arts Program is to provide and expand quality art and cultural experiences within Metro Parks' facilities via classes, workshops, art exhibitions and gallery/museum field trips for the citizens and visitors of Metro Nashville, Davidson County.

CAC Studio and Gallery

CAC Studio

CAC Studio offers a variety of art classes in painting and pottery. Typically offered in three different sessions (FALL, WINTER/SPRING, and SUMMER), the class schedule will vary based on space and teaching staff availability.

Summer registration begins, Tuesday, Aprilth, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM at Centennial Art Center. Classes begin Monday, May 11, 2015. Please see the CAC 2015 Summer Class Schedule.

CAC Gallery

Centennial Art Center (CAC) gallery showcases the art of local and regional professional and emerging artists. CAC Gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm. For more information, call the Centennial Art Center at (615) 862-8442. CAC 2015 Gallery Schedule.

If you are a local or regional artist interested in being considered for an upcoming exhibit, please submit the attached gallery application.

Courtyard and Event Rental

Monday through Thursday from 9am-5pm the walled-in courtyard behind CAC is free and open to the public. The courtyard is furnished with tables and chairs. The Herb Society of Nashville maintains a beautiful Herb Garden surrounding our fountains making this a wonderful place to hold events in Centennial Park. We rent the facility for private events such as outside weddings and ceremonies.

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