A resolution approving the Rules and Regulations Adopted by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2001.

Whereas, pursuant to Metropolitan Code, Section 2.112.040(H), the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission is required to establish guidelines and regulations in order to promote the arts in Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County; and,

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Council of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County:

Section 1. That the Rules and Regulations of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, approved by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission on Thursday, April 19, 2001, be and the same are hereby approved and adopted by The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

Section 2. That this Resolution shall take effect from and after its final passage, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored By: Phil Ponder & Howard Gentry

Rules and Regulations
of the
Metro Nashville Arts Commission

Summary and Goals

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission ("MNAC") exists to provide leadership that stimulates and advances the arts to enrich the human experience for all Nashville/Davidson County residents. The MNAC's purpose is set forth in Metropolitan Code Section 2.112.030. The MNAC's goals are to promote organizational stability and growth, to foster excellence, to generate awareness, to increase accessibility, to respond to diverse community needs and to facilitate cooperation and partnerships that create a vibrant, vigorous, healthy community where all the arts flourish and grow.

The MNAC has oversight responsibilities for carrying out the department's mission and setting its policies.

Rule 1: The MNAC shall award funds to nonprofit civic and charitable organizations that assist the Arts Commission in carrying out its purposes, as stated in Metropolitan Code Section 2.112.030, and its goals, as stated herein, and provide artistic benefit to the general welfare of the Metropolitan community. These grants shall be made in accordance with Metropolitan Code Section 2.112.040(H).

(Authority: Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 6-54-111; Metropolitan Code, Section 2.112.040(H).)

Regulation 1.1: Grants made under the authority of Metropolitan Code Section 2.112.040(H) shall be made in accordance with the following criteria: excellence; need in the community; inclusive planning; community outreach and impact; educational merit; innovation; administration, development and financial management. These criteria shall be set forth in MNAC's Grant Guidelines.

Regulation 1.2: The MNAC shall regularly review its Grant Guidelines.

Rule 2: The MNAC shall provide funding for public art projects to enhance the built environment of the city and to enrich the lives of its citizens.

(Authority: Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 9-21-105; Metropolitan Code, Section 5.10.020.)

Regulation 2.1: The MNAC shall adopt Public Art Guidelines consistent with the Metropolitan Code, Section 5.10.030.

Regulation 2.2: The MNAC shall regularly review its Public Art Guidelines.

Rule 3: Organizations that apply for MNAC grants authorized by Metropolitan Code Section 2.112.040(H) must:
a. Be a not-for-profit organization chartered in the State of Tennessee with 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt status;
b. Serve Nashville/Davidson County citizens and be headquartered in and have a substantial portion of its programming within Nashville/Davidson County;
c. Produce, present and/or directly support programs, projects and/or works in the arts that enrich the artistic experience of Nashville citizens in a significant way;
d. Have, or be in the process of creating, a diverse board of directors;
e. Show a demonstrated and continuing ability to build a base of financial support through earned income plus public and private support as needed.

Rule 4: Projects undertaken by artists or acquisitions of artwork whether by commission, purchase, gift, or other means shall further the purpose and goals of the Metro Arts Commission public art program. The MNAC Public Art Guidelines describe the approved process to be followed to select and administer the public art program on behalf of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Government.

(Authority: Metropolitan Code, Section 5.10.030.)

Rule 5: The Metro Nashville Arts Commission establishes guidelines for all grant programs in the Contributions for the Arts program and the Public Art program. These guidelines establish procedures on application, funding criteria, review process, and appeals process. The Arts Commission shall evaluate these programs and revise the guidelines from time to time as set forth in the guidelines and the MNAC by-laws. Copies of the guidelines are available to the public by contacting the Arts Commission.

Rule 6: The Arts Commission staff, including the Executive Director, has powers limited to executing and carrying out MNAC policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

Approved by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Thursday, April 19, 2001.


Referred to: Parks & Recreation Committee
Introduced: September 18, 2001
Adopted: September 18, 2001
Approved: September 20, 2001
By: Mayor Bill Purcell