The Art Scene is Booming in Nashville
In Nashville, everyone who’s anyone in the art scene is more likely to collaborate than compete, making for a vibrant community we can all enjoy.
In Good Company
Anne Brown is a brilliant example of Nashville’s collaborative artistic spirit. Anne owns The Arts Company, an untraditional art complex offering an accessible range of visual art exhibitions in a Fifth Avenue gallery, and in a number of buildings belonging to non-profit organizations and in high-profile corporate businesses. The Arts Company even promotes artists associated with other galleries and institutions. Brown is dedicated to making the arts an important part of public life, and has helped to develop a number of the city’s artistic events, festivals and institutions, such as the Fifth Avenue art crawl.
Further proof of Nashville’s collaborative spirit is the fact that there are not just one, but three separate art crawls in the city.
On the first Saturday of the month, you can enjoy either the Fifth Avenue art crawl downtown, or the Wedgewood/Houston area art crawl—or both!
Fifth Avenue is known as the “Avenue of the Arts,” and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The street has been an established home to art galleries for decades, but the art crawl is relatively new. On the first Saturday of every month from 5-9 pm, the southbound lane from Church Street to Union Street is closed to all but pedestrian traffic, with live concerts happening in the street. Over two dozen downtown galleries and museums offer free admission during the event, often with complementary wine and refreshments.
A newer Nashville arts destination is the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood. At their monthly first-Saturday art crawl, over a dozen galleries team up with food trucks and performers to offer free art and music from 5:30-11 pm, along with plenty of adult beverages. The neighborhood is an up-and-coming arts hub, and has become a popular workplace for young artists who team up to rent studio space, sharing the use of big, expensive equipment like woodworking or printing machines.
On the second Saturday of every month from 6-9:30 pm, East Nashville’s Five Points galleries and boutiques celebrate the arts and small businesses with open doors and DJ’d music. The emphasis here is a little more on shopping rather than culture, but there are plenty of options to delight art lovers.
In Nashville, evidence of the arts community can be found in all kinds of spaces, even coffee shops. Many in the area, including Frothy Monkey, Bongo Java and Fido, have revolving exhibits of local art, which they promote with the same dedication as gallery owners.
Near Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, you’ll find Hillsboro Village, a four-block nexus for hip little boutiques and restaurants, many of which also serve as gallery spaces with their own revolving exhibitions.
Go Forth and Partake
The Nashville arts scene is indeed booming—get out there and celebrate it all over the city!