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Metro Arts Begins Search for New Executive Director


Caroline Vincent to Serve as Interim Executive Director after Jennifer Cole’s Departure

Nashville, Tenn.-- Metro Arts today began its search for a new leader as Executive Director Jennifer Cole prepares to leave for her new role at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in Tempe, Ariz. The Arts Commission voted April 19 to appoint Caroline Vincent, Metro Arts’ current director of public art and placemaking, to serve as interim director effective May 25, 2018.

In addition to naming an interim director, the Commission approved a framework for a wide and diverse national search for the next executive director. Metro Nashville Human Resources will lead this four- to six-month effort, which will include sourcing innovative and qualified national and local candidates who can continue Metro Arts’ commitment to equity, access and community through the arts. “Metro HR is committed to a thorough and transparent national executive search to find a highly qualified candidate to carry forward Metro Arts' nationally recognized work,” said HR Director Shannon Hall.

Those wishing to access the formal executive recruitment summary or refer qualified candidates are encouraged to contact Wanda Hadley, Talent Acquisition and Training Manager, Metro Human Resources at Prospective candidates may view the job posting and apply at

Board Outlines Plan for Transition, Commits to Continuing Work in Community

During this leadership transition, Metro Arts will continue its high level of neighborhood and resident engagement, including this summer’s launch of the agency’s first city-wide temporary art exhibit, “Build a Longer Table,” curated by Nicole Caruth. The exhibit will include nine nationally recognized artists working with neighborhoods to explore issues of change, food systems and foodways, particularly within communities of color.

Arts Commission board chair Clay Haynes stressed the agency’s commitment to its mission and work. “We will award grants for FY19, continue our work on Restorative Justice and the Arts with Judge Calloway and the Juvenile Court, and expand our youth and arts employment sites through Opportunity Now. We are in the final stages of major public art installations at Smith Springs and Madison Community Centers,” said Haynes. “Metro Arts will live our mission with vigor and lean in to the opportunity to find a new and dynamic person to lead our work in the city and beyond.”

About Metro Arts

Metro Arts is the Nashville Office of Art + Culture. Our mission is to drive a vibrant and equitable community through the arts. Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and additional information is available online at