We have to give it up to the 5th Avenue of the Arts this month. Let’s start with a brief history of the street, 5th Avenue. Back in 1903, the street became a huge shopping district with the opening of The Arcade. By the 1960’s, the lunch counters along the street drew national attention from the “sit-ins” occurring during the Civil Rights Movement. Then in the 1990’s, several art enthusiasts and entrepreneurs opened art galleries and studios along the street. This led Mayor Karl F. Dean (another Nashville Rockstar) to commission the street as the 5th Avenue of the Arts in 2013. The leaders who encouraged the commissioning would be Paul Polycarpou (of Nashville Arts Magazine), Crissey Cassetty (of Nashville Downtown Partnership), Susan Tinney (of Tinney Contemporary), Jeff Rymer (of The Rymer Gallery), Anne Brown (of The Arts Company), Ellen Pryor (of The Frist Center for the Visual Arts), and Veronica Frazier (of Metro Nashville).
Now, I bet you’re wondering why we have to praise this Nashville Rockstar in August. Well, tonight the 5th Avenue of the Arts will be celebrating ten years of the First Saturday Art Crawl. In case you are unaware of this amazing event, each first Saturday of the month, from 6-9pm, the galleries along the 5th Avenue of the Arts offer free admission. Nowadays, over a thousand people from all over take part in the fun. Wine is handed out, art is viewed, and talks are discussed. Also, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts does an Architecture Tour at 4:30pm. And the Downtown Partnership provides a shuttle so you don’t have to walk all over. It really is something locals should cherish and visitors need to take advantage of.
Each time we visit the 5th Avenue of the Arts, whether it be for the art crawl or to just stop by, we become more proud of the work behind a select group of individuals who wanted to share their passion for the arts with Nashville. The 5th Avenue of the Arts has become a mecca for Nashville’s art community with the sole mission to offer ongoing visual art experiences distinctive for Nashvillians and visitors through a variety of exhibitions that change every month, special programs, and events. We really hope you can make it out tonight and join in celebrating this massive accomplishment for the 5th Avenue of the Arts. It is sure to be a fantastic evening of art, community, and Nashville.
Keep rockin’ 5th Avenue of the Arts.
If you would like to see more about the 5th Avenue of the Arts check out: theartscompany.com.
Need more about the event head to: visitmusiccity.com/saturdayartcrawl.