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Nashville Named One of America's 2013 Top Art Places


Contact: Jennifer Cole
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Greg Bailey
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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 15, 2013 – Nashville was recently named one of the top ArtPlaces in the country by ArtPlace America.  The Hillsboro Village/Edgehill/Belmont University neighborhood was recognized by the number of social offerings, venues and opportunities that enliven the community and make it a place where people and small businesses want to be.

ArtPlace is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies committed to accelerating “creative placemaking”—putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities.  America’s Top ArtPlaces were identified as being exceptionally successful in combining the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods.

“This recognition is another example of how our city continues to be recognized for the vibrant art community here. Every day, more artists are coming here to discover that Nashville embraces the creative culture, and that we share a great place to call home,” said Jennifer Cole, executive director of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

The process of identifying the America’s Top ArtPlaces involved an initial search of 33,000 zip codes to find areas that scored highest on a set of six indicators.  Four of the indicators measure ingredients of vibrancy: the number of retail and service businesses; the percentage of independent businesses; the neighborhood’s Walk Score; and the percentage of workers in creative occupations living in the neighborhood. Two arts-related indicators were also used: the number of arts-related non-profits and the number of arts-related businesses. Finally, neighborhood scores were normalized for family income so that neighborhoods with the highest concentration of income did not skew the results.

America’s Top ArtPlaces is an initiative by ArtPlace to recognize neighborhoods in the largest 44 metropolitan areas in the country where the arts are central to creating the kinds of places where people want to be.  For more information about ArtPlace, visit

About the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts)

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, a commission of the Metropolitan Nashville Government, provides leadership that stimulates and advances the arts to enrich the human experience for the community. Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and additional information is available online at