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Metro Arts Programs

Public Art and Placemaking

  • Metro Public Art: Artwork created by professional artists through a community input process. The artwork is funded through a 1% for public art ordinance.
  • Learning Lab: An artist development program to train artists in civic, public, social and placemaking practices.
  • THRIVE: A program designed to build, strengthen and cultivate communities in Nashville and Davidson County by supporting artist-led projects that encourage artistic and cultural experiences, community investment, and neighborhood transformation.
  • Poetry in Motion: A program designed to showcase classic and contemporary poetry in public transit vehicles.

Community and Organizational Development

  • Grants: Each year, the Mayor and Metro Council approve funds from the general operating budget to invest in community arts through grants. These grants support nonprofit organizations through operating and project-based support.
  • ABC Grants: The Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of arts organizations. Metro Arts serves as the Designated Agency to administer this program for Davidson County.
  • Opportunity NOW Arts Experiences: A citywide initiative to provide work readiness training and employment opportunities to youth.
  • REAL: The Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) program is a direct result of Metro Arts’ five-year strategic plan that identifies the need to drive equity and inclusion in the arts sector and provides artists and arts administrator learning opportunities about race, equity practices, and ways in which to enact change within their personal practice, organizational structure and the larger arts ecosystem.
  • Restorative Justice and the Arts: The Restorative Justice and the Arts program is a partnership with Metro Arts, the Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) and the Oasis Center to create an arts-integrated intervention system for court-involved youth that focuses on resiliency, positive youth development, and restoring empowered youth and families.