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Metro Arts Hosts Retro Metro Exhibition

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Unique collaborative exhibit features memorabilia from some of Nashville’s oldest arts organizations


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Feb. 27, 2013 – Retro Metro, an exhibition celebrating the 50thanniversary of the Metro Nashville and Davidson County consolidated government,opens Friday, March 15, in the Metro Nashville Arts Gallery located on the fourth floor of the Metro Office Building, at 800 Second Ave. South. 

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is a collaborative effort of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission,Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art, Circle Players, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s Studio B, Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Television, and the Nashville Symphony.

 “When Mayor Dean asked us to commemorate the 50thanniversary of Metro government, we loved the idea of looking at Nashville’s artistic history through the very organizations that have made Nashville the creative center it is,” said Jennifer Cole, executive director of Metro Arts. “We are excited to be working with some of Nashville’s oldest arts organizations on such a unique exhibition.”

Each arts organization will be represented in the exhibit which includes photos,posters, programs and artifacts from 1962-1963. A music playlist also will be available for visitors to listen to on their smart phone as they view the exhibit. The playlist, supplied by the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the Nashville Symphony, will include recordings from RCA’s Studio B and the Nashville Symphony from the early 1960’s.

 “The Nashville Symphony is honored and excited to be a part of this exhibit, which shows just how vibrant our community was 50 years ago and how much more dynamic it has become in the years since,” said Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony president & CEO.“Arts, music and culture have always been an essential part of what makes Nashville a unique and thriving city, and by looking back at our past, we can dream even bigger for the future.”

Metro Arts will host an opening reception from 2- 4 p.m., Friday, March 15, and the exhibition will remain on display through April 26.

Metro Arts commemorates this anniversary by discussing the history of arts and culture in Nashville and its future potential in a gallery chat and community discussion led by Jennifer Cole, The Arts Company owner Anne Brown, and Nashville Arts Magazine’s Paul Polycarpou. The opening reception and gallery chat are free and open to the public.


Aboutthe Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission is 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