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Nashville Chosen as Host City For Diversity in Arts Leadership Intern Program

Emily Waltenbaugh

Applications for Students and Organizations Open Today

Nashville joins New York City and the state of New Jersey as a host site for Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) 2020 internships, a program from Americans for the Arts (AFTA) matching undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally untapped for arts leadership with dynamic communities, energetic host arts organizations, and business mentors, to guide students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer.

The Metro Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) will serve as the local arts coordinating agency for Nashville DIAL interns and organizations. DIAL’s nationwide, competitive selection process will grant paid, ten-week-long internships as well as housing and transportation assistance. Calling Nashville “one of the most culturally rich cities in the country,” AFTA describes the Nashville internships as “perfect for those who envision learning about arts and cultural engagements in growing cities, and are eager to explore the city in all its vibrancy.”

“We are proud to be part of AFTA’s work to encourage equity and diversity in the field of arts administration, which perfectly aligns with our agency’s mission to drive a vibrant and equitable community through the arts,” said Metro Arts Executive Director Caroline Vincent. “And we are always thrilled when Nashville is nationally recognized for its abundance of arts and culture.”

Interested students and prospective host organizations can read more about the program on the DIAL website. The deadline for intern applications is January 10, 2020, while organizations must complete the art host application process by January 24, 2020.

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 strives to ensure that all Nashvillians have access to a creative life, and we work toward this goal through community investments, artist and organizational training, public art, and direct programs involving residents in all forms of arts and culture. Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and additional information is available online at

About Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.