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Parks' Visual Arts Division

Metro Parks Logo with Centennial Art Center BuildingMetro Parks’ Centennial Art Center (CAC) is a Historic Building located in the 25th Avenue North and Park Plaza corner of Nashville, Tennessee's beautiful Centennial Park. Originally built as a swimming complex in 1932; it closed permanently during the unrest of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. In 1972 CAC became the first Metro Nashville owned structure rehabilitated for “Adaptive Reuse.” It reopened in 1972 as an art gallery and visual arts teaching facility that includes painting and pottery studios. In 2022, Centennial Art Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a visual arts facility.  See the Visual Arts brochure. Visit us in Centennial Park (Centennial Park map).

Mission Statement

The mission of Metro Parks and Recreation's Visual Arts Program is to provide and expand quality art and cultural experiences within Metro Parks' facilities via classes, workshops, art exhibitions and gallery/museum field trips for the citizens and visitors of Metro Nashville, Davidson County.

Centennial Art Center’s Gallery showcases the art of local and regional professional and emerging artists. Visitors may tour the gallery for free public Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visual Arts Studios

Metro Parks' Visual Arts Program offers a variety of art classes in painting and pottery in three Nashville locations. The Visual Arts Program has recently been expanded with Visual Art Studios located in the new Bellevue Community Center. Classes are also held in Centennial Art Center and West Park Community Center Pottery Studio.

Classes are typically offered in three different sessions (Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer). Workshops that focus on specific skills or techniques are often offered in between sessions. The class schedule varies bases on space and teaching staff availability.

Centennial Art Center Studios

Centennial Art Center Studios, located in beautiful Centennial Park, host 23 weekly pottery and painting classes. Pottery classes are also held at the West Park Pottery Studio at 6105 Morrow Rd.

Bellevue Visual Arts Studios

Bellevue Visual Arts Studios, located at 7638A Hwy 70 South, is opening with a wide variety of painting and pottery classes.

Visual Arts Class Registration

Register online for Metro Parks Visual Art Classes beginning Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m. Registration will continue through Wednesday, February 17, 2021 or until classes are full. To check on class availability after the February 17 deadline, please send an e-mail to Donelle McCollum or Darreth Walker. Classes start Monday, February 22, 2021. Class size will be reduced to meet Covid-19 phase requirements. Please see the 2021 Winter/Spring Visual Arts Class Schedule for a list of upcoming classes.

Reminder: On registration day you must log in to the online system to sign up for classes (to see "Sign Up" button). Also, classes will not be visible online the morning of Tuesday, February 9, 2021 until 10:00 a.m.

Unfortunately, we cannot take registrations over the phone. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Classes will meet once a week for 10 weeks, unless otherwise noted in the schedule.

Note: Due to increased demand, pottery students are permitted to register for only one pottery class per session. This includes classes at Bellevue and West Park Community Centers. If a student is enrolled in more than one pottery class, staff will withdraw the student from one class at staff’s discretion. At this time, painting students may continue to register for a maximum of two classes (or one pottery class and one painting/drawing/printmaking class).

Courtyard and Event Rental

Courtyard and Event Rental information page

The Herb Society of Nashville maintains a beautiful Herb Garden in the Art Center Courtyard making this a wonderful place to hold events in Centennial Park. The facility is available to rent for private events such as outside weddings and ceremonies.

Old Hickory Art Center

The Old Hickory Art Center is located in the historic Hadley Elementary School at 1308 Fuller Street in Old Hickory, Tennessee. The Art Center is open to the public every Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. When Old Hickory Utility District was annexed to Metro Nashville, Nashville Parks & Recreation continued to assist this volunteer organization.

More information about the Old Hickory Art Center

Metro Parks Visual Arts Updates


Register Online for Metro Parks Visual Arts Classes

beginning February 9, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Note: Due to current Covid-19 restrictions and Metro Health Department guidelines, class registration may be delayed. Class sizes will be limited, and class availability may vary according to location.

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