Public Art

July 2016



Metro Arts is pleased to announce that 25 artists have been selected for the Learning Lab artist training program. The Learning Lab is a professional development opportunity for artists to train in civic, public, social, and placemaking practices and will create capacity for neighborhood activation through the arts.

Jay Jenkins

Jay Jenkins, Stokkkhome Sin, 2015, Oil on canvas, 42” x 36”

Congratulations to the following artists: Rebekah Alexander, Julia Whitney Brown, Kimberly Brown, Lexander V Bryant, Michael Cooper, Tinsley Anne Dempsey, Jake Elliot, Michael Ewing, David Hellams, Robbie Lynn Hunsinger, Elisheba Israel, Jay Jenkins, Courtney Adair Johnson, Megan Kelley, Ariel Lavery, Jessika Malone, Bryce McCloud, Robin Paris, Xavier Payne, Elizabeth Sanford, Tara Thompson, Vadis Turner, Elizabeth Williams, Herb Williams, and Tom Williams.

Selected through a competitive application process, the talented and diverse inaugural class represents 14 Metro Council Districts and 17 zip codes. The training takes place through October 2016 and explores fundamentals in community engagement, placemaking, and public art project management. The artists who complete the lab will be eligible for funding for neighborhood-based public art projects.

For more information and updates on the Learning Lab, please visit

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Learning Lab is a program of Metro Arts in partnership with the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice.

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