THRIVE is a micro-funding program, which began in 2014 and has supported more than 350 Nashville-based artists and 71 community projects throughout the city! The program is 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.
Funding is now available! Nashville-based artists and organizations are encouraged to apply. Please read over the FY18 Funding Guidelines before submitting an application for a project.
If Metro Arts’ THRIVE funding is not fully expended by the final application deadline, applications will be accepted on a monthly rolling deadline until funding is fully allocated.
Questions? Applicants are encouraged to contact Lauren Fitzgerald, Neighborhood & Artist Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for feedback on their proposal ideas prior to application submission.
Submit a THRIVE Proposal
- Community Art Sharing and Celebration ($3,000): A Community Art Sharing and Celebration project will support artist fees for projects that strategically shape the physical, social character and celebrate our Nashville neighborhoods through the sharing of an artistic practice. In this category, the community informs the artist’s vision for the work. A competitive application will include an intention of social impact beyond a traditional audience experience.
- Community Co-design & Collaboration ($4,000): A Community Co-design & Collaboration project will focus on collaboration with the community by actively engaging participants in the art-making process. These projects must involve a strong, committed partnership between the artist and a specific group, organization or neighborhood. The needs of the partner and the community should determine the vision for the artwork. The artwork should be largely process-based. In this funding category, the public is required to participate in the physical creation and/or design of the artwork.
- Public Art ($8000): Public Art is a new category introduced to THRIVE in fiscal year FY18. This category supports the creation of temporary and permanent public artworks in a public space. A competitive application in this category will exhibit an intention of social impact beyond a traditional audience experience and/or show strong committed partnerships between the artist and a specific group, organization, or neighborhood. The needs of the partner and the community should determine the vision of the artwork. The artwork should be largely process based and the community is required to participate in the physical creation and/ or design of the artwork in this category. This funding category requires the approval of the Metro Art Commission’s Public Art Committee in addition to the Metro Art Commission.
- Individual artists, businesses and organizations that reside or conduct programming in Davidson County are eligible to apply. Individuals requesting or receiving funds must be at least 18 years of age.
- Organizations that receive funding from any grant administered by Metro Arts in the same fiscal year are not eligible to apply for THRIVE funds.
- Applicants (and immediate family members) cannot serve as a member of the Metro Arts Board of Commissioners, nor can they be employed by the Metro Nashville Davidson County Government or Metro Nashville Public Schools.
- For the purposes of the THRIVE program, artists are defined as individuals who practice in the unique creation and public display or performance of visual arts, craft, sound and performance art, film and television (including production), theatre, dance, music or literary arts and can demonstrate at least two years of exhibition, performance or professional history.