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NashvilleNext and the arts

Our commitment

One of the unique attributes of Nashville is a deep and nearly ritualistic commitment to culture, art and creativity. In order to honor this spirit and activate the creative class in NashvilleNext, we are partnering with the Metro Arts Commission to integrate artists and local creatives into all phases of NashvilleNext - beginning with the Speakers' Series presentations.

photo of puppet showMay 6: Regionalism

Puppeteers from the Metro Public Library's Wishing Chair Productions performed before Amy Liu's comments on "Regional Partnerships to Achieve Local Viability."

photo of dancer performingApril 22: Infrastructure and Smart Growth

Rebekah Hampton of Nashville's FALL aerial dance troupe performed before William Fulton's presentation.

photo of Kyle Baker at podiumApril 8: Livability and Healthy Communities

Local composer and impresario Kyle Baker presented two sound sculptures and discussed his "Soundcrawl" projects.


photo of purse made from recycled materialsMarch 25: "Environment"

Representatives of Turnip Green Creative Reuse discussed "upcycling" - redesigning and reconstructing disposable/throwaway items - and showed samples of their work.

photo of Alias string ensembleMarch 11: "Prosperity"

The Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble presents chamber music to diverse groups throughout the city, collaborating with other local arts and education institutions, and benefitting various local nonprofit service organizations. ALIAS performed selections from "Three Portraits," a string quartet composed by the group's violist, Chris Farrell.

photo of Tennessee Women's Theater performerFebruary 25: "Demographics, Equity, & Inclusion"

Tennessee Women’s Theater Project is a professional, nonprofit theater company with a special focus on women. The company seeks to address the problems of gender inequity and gender discrimination through role parity for women as well as training and education in areas of professional theater that are currently male-dominated. TWTP showcased segments from a new play focused on the female immigrant experience in Nashville.

photo of Southern Word performer onstageFebruary 16: "Mayor's Challenge and Plan Kickoff"

Southern Word poets opened NashvilleNext with selections from their groundbreaking collaborative, Future Break.  Future Break trailer on YouTube

Southern Word conducts spoken word school residencies, after school workshops, open mics, and shows. Spoken Word, or performance poetry, is a proven youth development, literacy, and leadership tool across the country.