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Parks and Recreation

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 Centennial Art Center 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 Studio and Gallery


Studio information

Our Studio offers a variety of art classes in painting and pottery. Typically offered in three different sessions (Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer), the class schedule will vary based on space and teaching staff availability.


Gallery information

Centennial Art Center gallery showcases the art of local and regional professional and emerging artists. The Gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, call the Centennial Art Center at 615-862-8442.

2019 Gallery Schedule.

If you are a local or regional artist interested in being considered for an upcoming exhibit, please submit a Centennial Art Center Gallery Application.

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

Sign up for Summer Art Workshops

Extend your summer art fun Creating your own Art Journal with reuse artist Michelle Bukowski or A Lidded Vessel Workshop with instructor Becca Floyd.