Working as guest editor this month at Nashville Arts has been a pleasure. Calling writers, photographers, and artists to offer compensation for and promotion of their creativity reminded me how important these freelance opportunities are for driving the arts. I heard joy in their voices, and their passions shined through as they explored unique approaches to their assignments. It’s exciting! Sustaining the arts community in Nashville requires at minimum public participation and economic stability in the creative sector. My experience at Nashville Arts has instilled within me just how integral the magazine is for those efforts. Each month new artists are featured, providing space for conversation and growth for those who appear on the pages and those who read them. To loyal readers, this is not news to you.
This month’s cover features a Chromogenic photograph by Jeff Scott. The subject is Elvis’s golden phone. Worn from use, the obsolete object recalls times past and the very human side of the king of rock ‘n’ roll who died 40 years ago.
The talent that is being shown in town this month by local and international artists should get you out of the house and into the galleries, theaters, streets, and museums.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy this issue. We hope it inspires you as much as it inspired everyone who participated in its making. I leave you with a question to consider as you peruse: What do you want to do to support the arts this month?
Sara Lee Burd | Art consultant and writer