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Metro Arts Staff

Executive Director

Jennifer Cole

Jennifer Cole

Jen leads the city’s efforts in art, culture and creative economy, a position she has held since 2010. She has over 20 years of experience in organizational leadership and change management and has worked extensively in the public and non-profit sectors in a variety of executive positions. Serves on the board of Americans for the Arts where she chairs the U.S. Urban Arts Federation. She also serves in many local leadership positions including co-Chair of the STEAM Advisory Council and member of the Music Makes Us Council with Metro Public Schools. She is a frequent national speaker about the role of arts in community transformation. Jen is an avid gardener and loves to spend time outside with her kids and rescue pets.

Public Art & Placemaking Team

This team’s primary job is the development of investment tools, training, special projects and ongoing programs that build the capacity of artists and non-traditional culture makers to deepen arts participation and support cultural life in neighborhoods. The team is focused on key goals outlined in the Public Art Community Investment Plan, Metro Arts’ strategic plan, Crafting a Creative City, as well as alignment with NashvilleNext (the city’s general plan).

Their primary focus is activating public spaces while working with art/culture makers to hone their skills and practices within a place-based context.

Caroline Vincent

Caroline Vincent

Public Art & Placemaking Director

Caroline has more than 17 years of experience managing public and fine art initiatives. She leads the city’s public art and placemaking program, administers the Percent for Art Fund and has overseen the installation of more than 40 public artworks since joining Metro Arts in 2011. She has led some of Metro Arts’ largest public art projects including Christian Moeller’s Stix and Haddad-Drugan’s Light Meander. Vincent led the county’s first Public Art Community Investment plan process and adoption, and provides national leadership as a member of the Public Art Network Council. She enjoys yoga, making art with her kids and reading good fiction.

Anne-Leslie Owens

Anne-Leslie Owens

Public Art & Placemaking Project Manager

Anne-Leslie facilitates community input, artist selection, citizen selection panels, and artist contracts for multiple public art projects. In her role as collections manager she oversees the conservation of the One Percent for Art Collection and drives public education efforts including podcasts, blogs, K-12 curriculum design and public engagement that connects residents to the collection. Owens is the project manager for Witness Walls, Walter Hood’s multi-modal civil rights installation.  With an interest in art, architecture, and history, Anne-Leslie holds a BA in Interior Design from the University of Kentucky and an MA in Public History from MTSU. Prior to joining Metro Arts, she worked for the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU, the Metro Nashville Historical Commission, and the Tennessee Historical Society.

Van Gill Maravalli

Van Gill Maravalli

Public Art & Placemaking Project Manager

Van facilitates community input, artist selection, citizen selection panels, and artist contracts for multiple public art projects. Van leads our efforts in artist training and support for placemaking including our Learning Lab program which trains local artists how to deepen their civic and social justice practices through public art and placemaking. Prior to joining Metro Arts in 2013, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied Studio Art and received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Van is a self-proclaimed crazy plant lady and board game enthusiast.

Donald 'Tré' Hardin

Donald "Tré" Hardin

Public Art & Placemaking Coordinator

Tré facilitates community input, artist selection, citizen selection panels, and artist contracts for multiple public art projects. As an alumnus of Howard University, Tré studied International Business and received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree in 2016. Tré is a soccer fanatic and often spends time playing in recreational leagues and keeping up with various European cups and competitions. As a native Nashvillian, Tré seeks to contribute in an authentic way to the swiftly growing city by working towards equitable stimulation of growth in all of Nashville’s communities.

Lauren Elysse Fitzgerald

Lauren Fitzgerald

Neighborhood & Artist Development Coordinator

Lauren is an Artist administrator, dreamer, and innovative thinker dedicated to meeting art at the intersection of social justice. Lauren has 10 years of arts administration experience and is driven to meet artists and their needs through community action. Lauren leads our THRIVE funding program, the Poetry in Motion ® program, and Public Art projects that involve community and neighborhood discourse. Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Community Organizational & Development Team

This team’s primary job is the development of investment tools, training, and financial resources that strengthen nonprofit arts organizations in the city and non-arts organizations who seek to integrate arts programs and policies. This includes working with key partners on exploring how arts can transform municipal systems such as family and youth justice system and youth employment. This team also focuses on deepening our work around racial equity and supporting practices in the nonprofit ecology that drive arts access for all.

Rebecca Kinslow

Rebecca Berrios

Community & Organizational Development Director

Rebecca Kinslow is the Community & Organizational Development Director for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission. With over 20 years of experience as an arts administrator, she has specialized in event-planning, marketing, community development, program management and organizational development in the non-profit, higher education and government sectors.

She oversees a $2.6 million annual public grant investment program, cultural and racial equity strategy, community arts programming and a wide network of local and national partnerships that expand the mission of Metro Arts to drive a vibrant and equitable community through the arts. She also serves on the program advisory committee for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville.

In her spare time, Rebecca savors the natural beauty and distinct cultural personality that Nashville has to offer through hiking, culinary adventures, visiting art galleries and museums, and attending live music shows and theatrical performances. She also loves to travel and is an Advanced Open Water scuba diver.

Laurel Fisher

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Grants Manager

Laurel Fisher manages the Metro Arts Grants Program where she leads relationships with more than 60 local organizational partners annually. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in vocal performance before making Nashville her home in 2008. Laurel has held positions at Belmont University, W.O. Smith Music School and most recently The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee as a member of the team. Because of her love for the arts and the nonprofit sector, she completed Belmont University’s Nonprofit Leadership Program in 2012. She is a graduate of the Nashville Emerging Leaders program and was a finalist in YP Nashville’s 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, drinking coffee, hanging out on Percy Priest Lake, thrift store shopping and making her own jewelry.

Cecilia Olusola Tribble

Olusola Tribble

Community & Organizational Development Coordinator

Olusola is a musician, composer, arranger, theologian, critical thinker, writer and arts and cultural educator and critic. She has over 15 years of arts education, artistic and liturgical consultation experience. She leads our Race Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) program and the Restorative Justice and the Arts partnership with the Juvenile Court and the Oasis Center. She is deeply vested in tapping into the imagination in such a way that causes one to be empowered to tell one’s story through various artistic mediums. Olusola has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The University of Memphis, a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and a Master of Arts in Performance Studies from New York University (Tisch School of the Arts).

Finance & Operations Team

This team’s primary job is to ensure the necessary human, financial and technical systems to support the community change work of Metro Arts.

Skylar Peterson

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Operations Coordinator

Skylar as a native of Nashville, studied Criminal Justice/Psychology at Tennessee State University. She is furthering her education in cultural and religious studies. Skylar oversees the management of the board of commissioners, our external communications and newsletter and supports our evaluation and data visualization efforts. She's a mother of one "extremely lively kid" who keeps her motivated. She enjoys festivals, documentaries, and anything related to history. Prior to joining Metro Arts, she worked in the fields of law enforcement and hospitality. She values the free things in life, like love and happiness.

Ian Myers

Ian Myers

Finance & Operations Director

Ian handles the finances for the agency and is the department’s Information Technology manager and Social Media manager. A native Nashvillian, and the son of a local artist and illustrator, Ian grew up in a household surrounded by art and culture. He is an Addy Award winning designer, an accomplished cook and avid brewer. Ian has a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Art and English from Tennessee State University.

Metro Arts Playlist Selections (M.A.P.S.)

Metro Arts Playlist Selections - A music playlist with selections from Metro Arts staff.

The playlist can be accessed through Spotify and Apple Music.