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Cultural Arts

  • Nashville
  • Nashville
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Anastasia Teel in "Gotta Be Broadway" 2009

The Cultural Arts Department offers a wide variety of opportunities to experience the arts through Dance, Theater, Music, and Visual Arts. A majority of our performing-arts classes take place in the Centennial Performing Arts Studios located in Centennial Park, where there are typically three sessions offered per year (Winter, Summer, Fall).

Across the park at the corner of 25th Ave. and Park Plaza the Centennial Art Center (CAC) offers a Fine Art Gallery, as well as adult-level classes in the visual arts. CAC's class schedule is online under the Visual Arts classes.

The CAC is open to the public M-Th from 9-5pm in Centennial Park. The gallery area inside opens with a new exhibition the first Friday of every other month held between the hours of 5-7pm.. The visual artists that are displayed here are local artists from the Tennessee area, most from Middle Tn, and their art pieces are for sale as well as viewing.

The outside courtyard is open to the public when the CAC is open to the public. It is a beautiful outdoor space that can be rented for special events.

For those who are more inclined to enjoy the arts from the audience, we have many performances scheduled through the year, both in our own performance venues (Z. Alexander Looby Theater, Centennial Black Box Theater), and in various other locations throughout the Parks system.

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Staff Directory

Brown, Kirk
Technical Director
Christensen, Matthew
Specialized Skills Instructor-Dance
Drapeaux, Samantha
Artistic Coordinator
Frazee, Sam
Supervisor - Music Division
Gager, Barry
Specialized Skills Instructor-Dance
McCollum, Didi
Centennial Art Center Staff
Teaney, Mike
Music Program Coordinator
Wagner, Joshua
Visual Arts Supervisor
Wilkening, Kathryn
Dance Division Supervisor
Williford, Shannon
specialized skills instructor-music