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Parks' Visual Arts Division

Metro Parks Logo with Centennial Art Center BuildingMetro Parks’ Centennial Art Center 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 in 1959 and was renovated in 1971. The first Metro Nashville owned structure rehabilitated for “Adaptive Reuse,” it earned Museum Status by reopening as Centennial Art Center – a gallery and visual arts teaching facility that includes painting and pottery studios. 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, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. Registration will continue through Saturday, August 29, 2020 or until classes are full. Classes will not be available online until August 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Classes start Saturday, August 29, 2020. Class size will be reduced to meet Covid-19 phase requirements. Click on 2020 Visual Arts Fall Schedule for a list of classes.

Reminder: On registration day you must log in to the online system to sign up for classes (to see "Sign Up" button).

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

Classes will meet once a week for 11 weeks, unless otherwise noted in the schedule. A bonus week has been added.

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


New Bellevue Studios

The Metro Parks' Visual Arts Program has expanded with two fully-equipped art studios in the newly constructed Bellevue Regional Community Center.