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Metro Arts Announces Learning Lab Residencies

Emily Waltenbaugh

Five Artists to Build Deeper Connections to Community Agencies While Strengthening and Broadening Skills

Five Nashville artists will be embedded in local government and nonprofit offices over the next nine months, gaining a deeper understanding of each agency’s work while honing and diversifying their own skills, as part of their residency in the Metro Nashville Arts Commission’s (Metro Arts) Learning Lab.

Metro Arts today announced the following selected artists and their community partner agencies, chosen to align with Learning Lab’s current focus areas of transportation, affordable housing and aging populations, and public health:

  • Simone Boyd and Aaron Doenges, Metro Nashville Health Department
  • Kristen Chapman Gibbons, Metro Nashville Social Services
  • Christine Rogers. Senior Ride Nashville
  • Diego Gomez, Faith Matters Network

All residents are members of the 2018 cohort of Learning Lab, Metro Arts’ professional development program to train artists in civic, public, social and placemaking practices. As Learning Lab artists bring their unique perspectives and abilities to service agencies, they also diversify their portfolios and learn how to translate their artistic talents into the non-arts sector. Learning Lab’s innovative work earned the program a spot on Americans for the Arts’ (AFTA) Year in Review list of the 49 most compelling public art projects of 2017.

“During the Learning Lab training, we help artists identify specific skills and tools that can be translated and applied to a multitude of economic and professional development opportunities, including deep community partnerships,” said Metro Arts Executive Director Caroline Vincent. “We are expanding the notion of whom artists can work with and how they execute the work, and in the process are transforming the way artists are viewed and how they can be in partnership with community.”