This month we present you with a band of Nashville Rockstars. We’re talking about the Metro Nashville Arts Commission. Their front man, or woman we should say, is none other than the passionate Jennifer Cole. She first became the Executive Director of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission in 2010. Since then Music City’s arts community has surged as one of the top places in the country according to the SMU National Center for Arts Research (and us).
Let’s take a step back and look at what the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission has done in the last several years. Since 2010, they have created outstanding programs like Artober Nashville (read more) and THRIVE (read more). Both of which showcase and broaden the reach of Nashville’s arts community. They have developed the ExploreNashvilleArt.com mobile website which makes it super easy to find over 120 public art pieces, galleries, museums, and cultural places in Music City. Plus, the public art collection of Nashville has grown by 700% since 2010. Finally, and certainly not least, they have reconstructed the grant process to better suit our creative community and allow more growth.
Back in June of 2015 they announced the approval of $1,905,468 in grants for the 2015-16 fiscal year. There was a total of 75 grants distributed to 51 different nonprofit organizations which helped in categories such as Basic Operating Support, Creation, After-school Arts Projects, and Art Access. The grantees predict over 3 million participants through performance, exhibition, new art development, and arts education will be served. We want to say that number just one more time. OVER 3 MILLION TO BE SERVED. Absolutely incredible.
Of course none of this would have been done with out front woman Jennifer Cole. To her, the Metro Nashville Arts Commission not only exists as a way for the arts to grow, but also to help all citizens participate in a creative life. Most of the programs built by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission under the leadership of Jennifer Cole have aimed towards inspiring our community and keeping the creativity alive within us. It is because of Nashville Rockstars like her that make our town so unique and a wonderful place to live & visit.
It is truly amazing what the Metro Nashville Arts Commission has done since 2010. Of course, there’s still a lot of work to be done, but we know Nashville is in goods thanks to the leadership of Jennifer Cole. We hope Nashville Rockband Jennifer Cole and the Metro Nashville Arts Commission keep rockin’ and never lose their passion for keeping the creative spirit alive in Music City.