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Metro Arts Staff

Executive Director

Caroline Vincent

Caroline Vincent

Executive Director

Caroline was recently appointed Executive Director of Metro Arts and previously led the city’s public art and placemaking program. She is responsible for the installation of more than 40 public artworks since joining Metro Arts in 2011 and led some of Metro Arts’ largest public art projects including Christian Moeller’s Stix and Haddad-Drugan’s Light Meander. In 2017, she led the first city-wide public art planning process that resulted in a Public Art Community Investment Plan that positions public art as a community investment tool for neighborhood transformation, creative workforce development and equitable practices throughout the city. Vincent has nearly 20 years’ experience as an arts administrator, curator and consultant in the public and private sector. She previously served as the Vice-Chair of the national Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council and currently participates as a member of Metro Arts’ Anti-Racism Transformation Team (ARTt). She enjoys yoga, making art with her kids and reading good fiction.

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.

Van Gill Maravalli

Van Gill Maravalli

Public Art & Placemaking 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.

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.

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 and a member of the executive leadership team for Metro Arts, Nashville’s Office of Arts & Culture. With over 20 years of experience as an arts administrator, she has specialized in event-planning, marketing, community development, grantmaking, program management and organizational development in the non-profit, higher education and government sectors.

Kinslow leads the development, strategic planning and oversight of programs, partnerships and financial investments designed to support stronger arts & cultural organizations in Nashville. She oversees a $2.5 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 holds an Executive Certificate in Arts & Cultural Strategy and is currently pursuing a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at University of Pennsylvania. She serves on Americans for the Arts’ County Arts Network and Equitable Investments Advisory Committee, the Create Justice Network Peer Learning Action Group, the Program Advisory Committee for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville and the Government Alliance for Racial Equity Arts Workgroup.

In her spare time, Kinslow enjoys 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 with more than 15 years of experience and over 200 dives logged.

Janine Christiano

Janine Christiano

Grants Manager

Janine is arts administrator and community advocate with over 10 years of experience. Working at the intersection of art, education, and community building, Janine led the College and Career Pathways initiative and Community Gallery at the Armory Center for the Arts before returning to school to earn her Master of Education in Community, Development, and Action from Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt she focused on community-based research methods, theories and practices of philanthropy, and remote education instructional methods as a BOLD (Blended and Online Learning and Design) Fellow. She is currently manages the implementation of the Metro Art Grants program and provides support to grantees. She lives in Nashville with her husband, two children, and pit-bull/boxer mix.

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.

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.

Emily Waltenbaugh

Emily Waltenbaugh

Community Engagement & Media Specialist

Emily coordinates communications and media, telling the stories of Metro Arts’ exciting work and partnerships. A native Nashvillian, Emily inherited her mother’s appreciation of art, if none of her talent. She holds a B.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to joining Metro Arts, Emily worked for fifteen years at Nashville Public Library in reference services, volunteer management, and communications. She lives in East Nashville, where she serves on the boards of Holly Street Daycare and Lockeland Design Center. Emily loves reading, playing trivia games, half-completing home improvement projects, and exploring new places with her family.

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.

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.