Artober Nashville 2015
by Cat Acree
Nothing highlights the richness of Nashville’s growing arts and cultural scenes quite like Artober Nashville. Now in its fifth year, Artober Nashville has become one of the South’s largest cultural celebrations, with events every single night throughout the city.
In 2011, Artober Nashville began as an idea among city leaders as a new way to elevate how locals experience the arts, resulting in more than 600 events in visual and performing arts, music, craft, film, and more, presented by 163 organizations and businesses. The 2014 celebration boasted more than 1,000 events by 245 partners, reaching an estimated 400,000 people.
“We’re always looking at ways to expand our audience and cultivate an increased appreciation for the city’s arts scene,” says Rebecca Berrios, Director of Community Engagement for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission. “Our goal has always been that every Nashvillian should be able to have an arts experience in October. With an array of performances and exhibitions happening throughout all parts of the county, there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy.”
Highlights in this year’s celebration include a new program called Bonnaroo Artworks, which will feature commissioned works by seven artists, composers, poets, sound artists, and musicians inspired by Nashville’s public art collection, debuting at community events such as the Nashville Symphony’s Free Day of Music.
TEDxNashvilleSalon: CREO is now in its second year, with leading innovators discussing social justice and equity on October 24 at Belmont’s McAfee Concert Hall. The Metro Arts’ neighborhood-focused THRIVE program will celebrate North Nashville neighborhoods with the North Wall Fest, spotlighting new murals at three locations on October 16 and 17.
Other beloved Artober traditions include the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival (October 3 at Centennial Park) and the Nashville Print Crawl (now in its third year, held on October 17). Artober is also a partner with the Southern Festival of Books and will sponsor a performance stage on Legislative Plaza October 9 through 11.
Of course, this is only a small preview of what Artober Nashville has in store. New events are being added daily to the calendar at ArtoberNashville.com, and Nashvillians are encouraged to join the Artober Nashville dialogue on social media, using the #ArtoberNashville hashtag.
Throughout October, smart-phone users can access the new mobile website www.ExploreNashvilleArt.com, a free, on-the-go resource that provides information about the Metro Arts public art collection, as well as discounts to performances and arts venues, including free admission to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
“Artober has sparked meaningful dialogue, innovation, and neighborhood transformation,” says Berrios. “We look forward to another impactful month of celebrating our vibrant community through the arts this year.”
For more information about this year’s Artober plans, visit www.artobernashville.com.