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Parks and Recreation

Visual Arts Division

Centennial Art Center

Metro 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).

Holiday Hours

Centennial Art Center will be closed Friday, December 21, 2018 through Sunday, January 6, 2019. Normal business hours will resume Monday, January 7, 2019.

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 (CAC) Studio and Gallery

CAC Studio

CAC Studio information

CAC 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.

CAC Gallery

CAC Gallery information

Centennial Art Center (CAC) gallery showcases the art of local and regional professional and emerging artists. CAC 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. Please see the CAC 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.

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