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Metro Arts Announces 13 Community Arts Grant Awards

Emily Waltenbaugh

“Arts Build Communities” Grants Support Innovative, Impactful Projects

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) at their August 16 meeting approved $29,380 to 12 nonprofit organizations and 1 Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) elementary school as part of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Build Communities (ABC) program.

Funded by the Tennessee General Assembly, ABC is administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and designated agencies throughout Tennessee. Metro Arts administers ABC awards ranging from $500 to $2500 that foster community-focused arts projects in Davidson County.

These grants will support a variety of projects, including a creative writing class for immigrants and refugees, original poetry inspired by community stories, and after-school dance instruction for under-served youth.

FY19 ABC Awards
Name Description Amount
abrasiveMedia Community Art Exhibitions will happen monthly during the Arts and Music at Wedgewood/Houston art crawls and are designed to serve artists and the community through exhibits that showcase unheard voices, vulnerability, and social issues. $2,000
Adventure Science Center Adventure Science Center will engage NAZA middle school students at 6 MNPS schools in the creation of an art exhibition inspired by outer space $2,150
Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training Program is an 8-week intensive training that equips artists with the skills they need to thrive in their creative business. $2,500
chatterbird Chatterbird will host collaborative outreach events with members from Nashville’s immigrant and refugee populations leading up to the premier of an original work entitled “Hello Gold Mountain.” $2,500
Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville Chinese New Year Celebration at Hillsboro Village will be hosted in February 2019 and will include performances and demonstrations of traditional Chinese arts and customs. $2,500
Doing Good Productions Days will create storytelling videos that can be used for marketing and public relations free of charge for a select number of local nonprofit arts organizations. $2,500
Hickman Elementary School The production of “School House Rock” will serve the students of Hickman Elementary and the surrounding Donelson-Hermitage community through the performing arts. $2, 250
Intersection Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” paired with the Wynton Marsalis’ “A Fiddler’s Tale,” will be performed at W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School with instrumental ensemble, actors, and dancers. $2,500
Nashville Public Radio Versify, a podcast series, will engage local poets to collect the stories of Nashville community members and create original works based on those stories. $2,500
The Porch Writers’ Collective Creative Writing for Immigrants and Refugees will offer 8-weeks of instruction in creative writing and story-telling that will culminate in an open mic celebration event. $2,500
Rejoice Ministries, Inc. Rejoice School of Ballet will serve youth from Haitian immigrant families through an after-school mentorship and classical ballet program. $1,400
Rocketown of Middle Tennessee Dance Crew will serve under-served youth in an after-school setting through weekly modern dance instruction. $2,000
Tennessee Women’s Theater Project Theater Classes for 3rd-5th graders will engage students in theater and story-telling activities weekly at the Looby Community Center in North Nashville. $2,250

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $429.3 million in annual economic activity in Davidson County, supports 14,277 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $51.1 million in local and state government revenues, according to the 2017 Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study.

A complete list of grant awards and other program information can be found at

About Metro Arts

Metro Arts is the Nashville Office of Arts + 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