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Art-Technology Intersection, Discussion of Creative Placemaking Highlight Nash-Up Seminar As Artober 2013 Finale

Jennifer Cole


CONTACT: Jennifer Cole
Metro Arts

Greg Bailey
Bailey& Company

NASHVILLE, Tenn.,Oct. 23, 2013 – The city’s cultural community comes together to discuss our creative environment, technology as art and envision Nashville’s future at the second annual Nash-Up: Remixing Nashville's Arts, Culture and Creative Future on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.

The one-day seminar is the capstone event of Artober Nashville 2013, the month-long celebration of arts and culture throughout the community. Nash-Up is presented by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Nashville Scene/Country Life blog.

Nash-Up begins at 9:45 a.m. with welcome by Mayor Karl Dean, followed by a panel discussion on art and technology. The discussion will examine how art and technology intersect and how local artists are leveraging technology to expand their creative practice. Panelists include Kate O’Neill, CEO of metamarketer, a Web marketing services and strategy firm; Chris Lee, vice president of technology for Anode, Inc., which specializes in interactive experiences for museums, science centers and libraries; Mike Butera, founder and CEO of Artiphon, a company developing the next generation of musical devices that combine craftsmanship and advanced technology; and multimedia performer and interactive installation artist Robbie Lynn Hunsinger.

“Our second Nash-Up looks at our creative community as an economic entity in our city, and a community that will play a significant role in the future of Nashville over the next 20to 30 years,” said Jennifer Cole, executive director of Metro Arts. “We will also provide an opportunity for artists to reflect individually on their own careers and how it may fit into the overall health of the community at large.”

Nash-Up admission is free, and advance registration is available by going online to the Nash-up page on the Artober Nashville website at Advance registration ends at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and on-site registration begins at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Over lunch, attendees will have an opportunity to attend table-top discussions that include three topics: Monetizing Your Work, Protecting Your Passion; Social Impact and Partnerships; and Working with Non-Traditional Spaces and Resources. Representatives from the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center will be available to counsel with attendees on personal savings and Enroll Tennessee Health Care Navigators will be present to help individuals identify and enroll for health insurance on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

The afternoon sessions will focus on creative place making with small-group sessions focusing on what are the community forces affecting creativity and the physical urban environment through an interactive mapping activity and discussion, and wrapping up with a panel on art and the urban environment. Feedback from the afternoon session will be integrated into the city-wide community plan process known as NashvilleNext.

The panelists scheduled for the Arts& the Urban Environment session include filmmaker Molly Secours, Nashville Opera Chief Operating Officer Noah Spiegel, actress Jessika Malone and commercial developer Craige Hoover. National planning consultant Robin Rather will moderate.

Artober Nashville is a partnership between Metro Arts and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s online entertainment/events guide, and Fifth Third Bank serves as the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include the Tennessee Arts Commission and the family of South Comm publications as the official media sponsor.

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