Metro Arts FY2019 Annual Report Final

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CONTENTS

Adaptive dance students gather for class at Nashville Ballet. Photo submitted.

LEADERSHIP

GRANTS

Grants by the Numbers

Operating Support Grants

Project Support Grants

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Racial Equity in Arts Leadership

Opportunity Now

Restorative Arts

PUBLIC ART

Art WORKS

Poetry in Motion

Tools + Resources

Community Engagement

THRIVE

Learning Lab

Board + Staff

FINANCIALS + IMPACT

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SUPPORTING

ARTS NONPROFITS

Eakin Elementary students perform The Jungle Book as part of Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Disney Musicals in Schools program.

Photo submitted.

G R A N T S

With a focus on equity and engagement, Metro

Arts continues to build a stronger creative

workforce, deepen creative participation and

inspire dynamic, creative neighborhoods

through grant funding.

Each year, the Mayor and Metro Council approve

funds from the city's general operating budget to

invest in community arts. Through these grants,

Metro Arts awarded more than $2.4 million in

fiscal year 2019 to support Nashville nonprofits

in arts and cultural programs.

Artists engaged with students more than 110,000

times in the community and at Metro schools.

Forty-nine Nashville nonprofits received Metro

Arts grants, for both operational support and to

fund innovative projects. One such project was

Nashville Ballet's production of Lucy Negro Redux,

the groundbreaking performance written by Paul

Vasterling, based on the book by Nashville poet

Caroline Randall Williams, and featuring an

original score from Grammy winner and

MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient Rhiannon

Giddens.

Metro Arts

grants funded

110,343

student arts

interactions in

FY19

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of our programs are offered free of

"All

or on a sliding scale. This is because

charge

want all of our students in the

we

to be able to experience the

community

By investing in our young people we

arts.

investing in the community (and)

are

creating more creative

therefore

neighborhoods.

provide a variety of art disciplines that

We

of our students would never have

many

to due to location, income, and

access

barriers."

language

A R T S I N A C T I O N :

O P E R A T I N G S U P P O R T G R A N T S

An Eagle View Elementary student displays

her marble paint project from Moves and

Grooves.

Emerald Mitchell

Executive Director Moves and Grooves

The Moves and Grooves dance class learns some steps at Smith Springs Elementary.

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LIFTING UP

LITERARY ART

Poetry In Motion® contest winners pose beside the WeGo Transit Poetry Bus featuring their winning poems along the exterior and interior. Photo credit:

Tré Hardin.

P O E T R Y I N M O T I O N

Poetry in Motion® is a partnership of Metro Arts, the Poetry Society of America,

WeGo Nashville Public Transit, The Porch Writers' Collective and Southern Word.

Since 2012, Poetry in Motion® has brought Nashvillians' poems to the public via

city transit, including a Poetry Bus wrapped in verses from contest-winning poets,

as well as poems printed on fare cards and on-bus placards.

Poetry in Motion® 2019 brought the addition of poetry on 10 Nashville transit

shelters, featuring local artist Michael "Ol'Skool" Mucker's interpretations of

contest winners' poems through vibrant vinyl illustrations.

Left: Michael Mucker's illustration of Ellen Niarhos' winning poem, To Technicolor, is applied to a WeGo Transit shelter in

downtown Nashville. Right: Southern Word student Alexis performs her original poetry at the Poetry in Motion kickoff

celebration at Nashville Public Library's Special Collections Center.

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PROVIDING

TOOLS + RESOURCES

Sea Serpent, Pedro Silva's beloved mosaic sculpture at Fannie Mae Dees Park, is one of the Metro artworks examined in

Metro Arts' Conditions Assessment.

D E V E L O P E R + M U R A L

G U I D E S

Although Metro Arts does not commission art outside of

the city's public collection, we are often asked about how

to incorporate art and artists into a project. Because we

we work with artists every day, we are able to share best

practices around public art and placemaking.

In 2019, we released two resource manuals, "+ Art: A

Developer's Guide to Public Art" and "Art for (W)all: A

Guide to Making Murals in Nashville," to offer step-bystep

guides of the most effective methods we’ve found for

managing public art and mural processes from beginning

to end. Both guides are available on the "Resources and

Toolkits" section of MetroArtsNashville.com.

C O N D I T I O N S A S S E S S M E N T

Many Metro Government departments own art outside

of Metro Arts' collections. To evaluate these artworks'

locations, current conditions and potential restoration

needs, and to centralize a listing of these items in one

place, Metro Arts created the Metro-Owned Artworks:

Conditions Assessment Report, available at

MetroArtsNashville.com under "Resources and Toolkits."

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A R T S I N A C T I O N :

C O M M U N I T Y E N G A G E M E N T

Metro Arts is committed to a vital

public realm. We support art that not

only strengthens neighborhoods, but is

also a true reflection of the

community surrounding it. That's

why our first step in any public art

project is meaningful community

engagement.

Whether we are meeting with artists

and community members in a public

park, playing vintage board games

centered around gentrification, or

sitting in an outdoor living room to

learn about the ins and outs of their

neighborhoods, the goals are the

same: to invite the community's

involvement and, ultimately, to give

them artwork that represents,

strengthens, and inspires pride in

their corner of Nashville.

Mill Ridge residents explore ideas for public art at the park with

Daily Tous Le Jours art collective.

Artist Thaxton Waters hosts a gentrification-themed game night on

Jefferson Street to gather neighbors' input for an upcoming public

art partnership with Metro Parks.

Artist Matthew Mazotta gathers Madison residents in an "outdoor living room" to discuss the community's past, present

and potential, informing his ongoing artist residency there.

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A R T S I N A C T I O N :

T H R I V E

"The Playground Project created art centered

around the experiences of students and the

community at large, using the playground as

both storytelling stage and aerial apparatus.

We led creative writing workshops with

Stratton Elementary students and then used

the material as a springboard for creating

movement, turning local stories into original

choreography.

One fulfilling aspect of The Playground Project

was our work teaching dance in the classroom,

where we saw big creative and emotional

growth among the students."

Dancers from FALL aerial and contemporary

dance company interview students at

Stratton Elementary.

Rebekah Hampton Barger,

Founder, FALL aerial and contemporary dance company

THRIVE awardee

Dancers from FALL aerial and contemporary dance company perform choreography inspired by students' stories at Stratton

Elementary in Madison.

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EQUIPPING

ARTISTS

Seniors from Elizabeth Park Community Center visit Cheekwood with Learning Lab Artist Kristen Chapman during Chapman's residency

with the center.

L E A R N I N G L A B

Created with the idea of bringing artists' unique

skills to agencies and organizations, Learning Lab

trains artists in civic, social and placemaking

practices. Founded in 2016, the program helps

artists deepen their knowledge around

equitable, community-based work and creates

capacity for neighborhood transformation

through the arts.

This fiscal year, Learning Lab graduates had the

opportunity to pursue residency partnerships with

community agencies.

“Simone and Aaron infused

our Community Health

Assessment process with a

strong community voice as

well as a more art-focused

view of our work. They

created art-focused strategies

to help gather community and

participant input during our

Healthy Nashville Summit.

Artist Kristen Chapman worked with Metro Social

Services at Metro Parks' Elizabeth Park Community

Center, to give voice to the seniors who consider it a

second home. Aaron Doenges and M. Simone Boyd

partnered with Metro Public Health to examine

disparities in health data across Nashville zip codes.

Both residencies demonstrate the unique set of

skills artists can bring to agencies: visualization,

problem solving, and reflecting the community's

needs and concerns. Learning Lab was named one

of Americans for the Arts' Best Public Art

programs of 2018 in the Public Art Network Year

in Review.

We will be looking for other

opportunities to invite local

artists to the multitude of

public health conversations."

Tracy F. Buck, M.S., RDN

Division Director, Community

Development & Planning

Metro Public Health

Department.

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A R T S I N A C T I O N :

L E A R N I N G L A B

"My Learning Lab Artist

Residency at Elizabeth Park

Senior Center helped me

understand how artists can

work alongside community

leaders to expand and

deepen understanding of

history and give dynamism to

co-imagining the future."

Elizabeth Park residents attend a juggling workshop.

Photo: Kristen Chapman.

Kristen Chapman

Learning Lab Artist-in-Residence,

Elizabeth Park Community Center

Elizabeth Park residents review their portraits from a guest photographer, part of Kristen Chapman's residency.

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M E T R O A R T S S T A F F

Caroline Vincent, Executive Director

Janine Christiano, Grants Manager

Lauren Fitzgerald, Community Engagement Coordinator

Donald Tré Hardin, Public Art Project Coordinator

Van Maravalli, Public Art Manager

Atilio Murga, Public Art Project Coordinator

Ian Myers, Finance + Operations Director

Anne-Leslie Owens, Public Art Project Manager

Skylar Peterson, Finance + Operations Coordinator

Nichole Robinson, Restorative Arts Coordinator

Emily Waltenbaugh, Public Information Officer

Grace Wright, Office Coordinator

Metro Arts staff members tour the Tennessee State Museum

(top) and the building site of the National Museum of African

American Music (middle).

Third graders at Whitsitt Elementary pose with their anthologies, created in a partnership with The Porch Writers' Collective.

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G R A N T S A W A R D E D I N F Y 2 0 1 9

J U L Y 2 0 1 8 - J U N E 2 0 1 9

Dancers with the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville perform at the foot of Athena at the Parthenon.

OPERATING SUPPORT

GRANTEES

BUDGET: $2,317,975

Actors Bridge Ensemble

ALIAS Chamber Ensemble

Belcourt Theatre

chatterbird

Cheekwood

Chinese Arts Alliance of

Nashville

Choral Arts Link

Circle Players

COOP Gallery

Country Music Foundation

Frist Art Museum

Global Education Center

Healing Arts Project, Inc.

Humanities Tennessee

Intersection

Moves and Grooves

Music For Seniors

Nashville Ballet

Nashville Children's Theatre

Nashville Cultural Arts Project

Nashville Film Festival

Nashville in Harmony

Nashville Jazz Workshop

Nashville Opera

Nashville Philharmonic

Orchestra

Nashville Repertory Theatre

Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Nashville Songwriters

Foundation

Nashville Symphony

National Museum of African

American Music

New Dialect

OZ Arts Nashville

Portara Ensemble

Poverty and the Arts

Senior Center for the Arts

Southern Word

Street Theatre Company

Tennessee Craft

Tennessee Performing Arts

Center

The Porch Writers' Collective

The Theater Bug

TN Women's Theater Project

W.O. Smith Music School

Youth Empowerment through

Art & Humanities

PROJECT GRANTEES

BUDGET: $152,225

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Actors Bridge Ensemble

Adventure Science Center

Belcourt Theatre

Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle TN

chatterbird

Choral Arts Link

Conexion Americas

Dancing Through the Curriculum

East Nashville Hope Exchange

Friends Life

From the Heart Intl Education

Foundation

Gordon Jewish Community

Center

Intersection

Luila Village Ministries

Nashville Ballet

Nashville Children's Theatre

Nashville Cultural Arts Project

Nashville Philharmonic

Orchestra

Nashville Public Radio

Nashville Public Television

Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Nashville Symphony

National Museum of African

American

Music

Native American Indian Assoc. of

Tennessee

New Dialect

Notes for Notes

OZ Arts Nashville

Rocketown of Middle Tennessee

Salama Urban Ministries

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PROJECT GRANTEES

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Senior Citizens, Inc.

(FiftyForward)

Southern Word

The Theater Bug

Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Watkins Institute

ARTS BUILD COMMUNITIES

BUDGET: $29,376

(Tennessee Arts Commission funds)

Adventure Science Center

Arts & Business Council of

Nashville

chatterbird

Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville

Corner to Corner

Gilda's Club of Middle Tennessee

Intersection

Nashville Public Radio

Nashville Philharmonic

Orchestra

Nashville Youth Jazz Ensemble

The Porch Writers' Collective

Tennessee Women's Theater

Project

The Theater Bug

Rejoice Ministries

Rocketown of Middle Tennessee

Top left: The Circle

Players' cast and crew

of Newsies.

Top right: A

participant in the

Men's Fancy Dress

Dance at the NAIA

Tennessee Powwow

at Long Hunter State

Park. Photographer:

Chuck Creasy.

Below: Kateri

Pomeroy poses in

front of her artwork

at Poverty and the

Arts' 2019 gala

.

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