“Metro Arts” is the office of Arts & Culture for the city of  Nashville and Davidson County. We believe that arts drive a more vibrant  and equitable community. We strive to ensure that all Nashvillians have access to a creative life through community investments, artist and organizational training, public art and creative placemaking coordination and direct programs that involve residents in all forms of arts and culture.



Data Projects Coordinator

This is a temporary/contract hourly position with no benefits. The pay is $20 per hour up to 20 hours per week. The position is subject to budget and funds availability and will be reassessed at the end of each fiscal year (June) or as needed.

The position supports and promotes cultural equity practices and the mission of the agency to Drive an equitable and vibrant community through the arts through the identification of gaps in access and support and the implementation of evidence-based solutions.


This position will report to the Strategic Funding and Initiatives Manager. The Contract Data Projects Coordinator will support Metro Arts’ data collection, analysis, and evaluation systems.


  • Works on data, research, and evaluation projects in alignment with Metro Arts strategic goals.
  • Supports community-engaged data collection activities such as surveys, interviews, and focus groups; specifically will support coordination and online and in-person data collection for the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study 6 with Americans for the Arts
  • Cleans and merges data files.
  • Runs data reports as needed
  • Supports the development of the Metro Arts Annual Report.
  • Supports work with other Metro departments and external partners on relevant data projects including: Monthly performance reports w/Mayor’s office, OpenData /ITS, Curb Center, SMU/DataArts
  • Connects to local universities / arts departments prior to each semester (Fisk, TSU, Vanderbilt, Belmont) to connect us to students
  • Supports development of training materials related to data collection methods and analysis for staff, grantees, artists, and other partners.
  • Prepares materials for SFI team members, and other members of Metro Arts, seeking to utilize data in presentations, seminars, workshops.
  • Attends and/or facilitates meetings and workshops as needed.


Any combination of education and experience that would prepare the applicant to perform duties of the position at the appropriate level. Employees would typically have some professional or college level experience in coding, data collection, data analysis, and project coordination. Experience working directly with diverse communities and arts nonprofits preferred. Current college/graduate students are encouraged to apply.


  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Experience with project coordination
  • Comfort with descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Experience coding with Python
  • Familiarity with geo-spatial data-related software such as Arc-GIS
  • Familiarity with cultural equity and antiracism practices
  • Knowledge of community-engaged research best practices
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Highest adherence to standards of equity, ethics, and professionalism
  • Ability to use independent judgement to apply policy and ethics in specific situations
  • Proven organizational and time management skills with attention to detail imperative
  • Proactive with the ability to work independently and collaboratively as a team member
  • Ability to comprehend contracts, memorandums of understanding, and budgets
  • Experience with record keeping
  • Knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and the ability to learn new technology tools as needed.

Requests for ADA accommodation should be directed to the Recruitment Center @ 615-862-6640

POWER Youth Funding

Summer Employment Program Projects

Arts + Non-Arts Organizations & Businesses

Funding Available: Up to $20,000

POWER Youth is a youth work initiative program of the Metropolitan Action Commission (MAC), a division of the Mayor’s Office. As part of its mission to strengthen the creative workforce and deepen artistic participation in Nashville, Metro Arts partners with MAC to provide project-based work experiences in the arts through the POWER Youth Summer Employment Program for young people ages 14-15 during the summer.

The POWER Youth Summer Employment Program is seeking project proposals from Site Partners to engage youth (ages 14-15) in seven-week projects beginning June 6, 2022 and concluding July 22, 2022. Projects should emphasize arts learning, work readiness training, and community development as well as incorporate some form of art/artistic practice (visual, craft, media, music, theater, dance, folk, and/or literary). Additionally, the project should culminate in a showcase or final project that demonstrates outcomes of participation in the program.

Up to $20,000 in funding will be available. Partners will be required to state the approximate amount of youth they intend to serve with their programming. Suggested amounts are below:

Number of Youth Suggested Funding Request

7-10   -   $7,000 - $10,000

11-15   -  $10,000 - $15,000

16+    -   $15,000 - $20,000

Failure to serve estimated range of youth workers may result in adjusted final award at closeout and final invoice.

Site Partner Expectations

POWER Youth Site Partners will:

  • Develop and implement age-appropriate projects for youth workers ages 14-15
  • Provide a work experience for four hours daily Monday-Friday (20 hours weekly) from June 6, 2022 through July 22, 2022
  • Engage professional Teaching Artist(s)/Mentor(s) with demonstrated teaching or youth development experience to successfully facilitate youth arts work experiences
  • Provide publicly accessible space(s) for in-person work experiences planned
  • Actively recruit youth applicants from within your organization’s network
  • Create job descriptions using the MAC template provided in application
  • Review resumes and conduct interviews with teen applicants
  • Coordinate with Metro Action Commission to hire student workers and facilitate work experience placement
  • Collect all required documents and signatures regarding youth employee documentation, including but not limited to wage payment, parent participation release, medical needs, and photo releases
  • Coordinate student worker and peer leader (if present) timesheet completion and reporting
  • Provide supplies and equipment necessary to conduct all programming whether in-person or virtual
  • Adhere to any required health and safety guidelines set by the Metro Public Health Department
  • Provide evidence of TBI Background Checks for ALL organizational personnel that will directly engage with POWER Youth Summer Employment Program projects; background checks must have been performed within five years or less. Proof of Background Checks must be provided to Metro Arts prior to first invoice submission.
  • Collect and maintain all required student and staff documentation in a physical binder or electronic folder that is easily accessible during site visits and/or audits
  • Facilitate program assessments to be completed by student workers, if required by Metro Action Commission or Metro Arts
  • Work cooperatively with the POWER Youth staff and attend ALL required trainings and required workshops
  • Incorporate soft skills into the fiber of the program to ensure that youth workers will be “work-ready” for future employment
  • Ensure that every youth worker can deliver a 1-2 minute “elevator speech” summary of summer work experience, as well as an excerpt of their job and duties that can be included on a resume
  • Produce resources and materials relevant to your artistic field, especially those useful to a future job seeker, such as bios and headshots
  • Complete a 1-page summary review (could be youth produced or staff produced) of programming by July 22, 2022. Template will be provided.
  • Complete the Metro Arts Closeout Report by August 30, 2022 with Expense Report included. Final invoice will not be processed until the Closeout Report is received.
  • Host an end of program “showcase” or display a final project the last week of the work experience
  • Utilize Submittable (online submission platform) to complete all necessary forms, budget revisions, and administrative requirements from Metro Arts

Important Dates

Pre-Program Schedule:

Application for Site Hosts Opens: November 19, 2021

Project Coaching for Site Hosts: November 29-December 7, 2021    

Application Deadline for Site Hosts: December 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM (CST)

Staff Review: December 20-21, 2021

Application Review Panel: December 22/23, 2021

Revisions due for “Conditionally Accepted” proposals: January 4, 2022  
(If conditions have not been met by this date the proposal will not move forward to the Grants and Funding Committee)

Grants and Funding Committee Review: January 2022

Arts Commission Review and Approval of Selected Site Hosts: January 20, 2022

Site Host Partner Selection Announcements: January 21, 2022

POWER Youth Job and Project Descriptions Preview Posted to TALEO: January 21, 2022

POWER Youth Applications Close: April 9, 2022

MAC Onboarding Meeting: May 2022

Site Partners Conduct Interviews: Monday, April 13-May 20, 2022

Program Dates

Peer Leader On-Site Training:       TBA by MAC

Work Experience Projects:       June 14-July 23, 2022

Final Showcase Week:        July 19-22, 2022

Closeout Report Due:        August 30, 2022

Eligibility and Application Process


All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a business or nonprofit organization based in Davidson County
  • Have previous history of artistic or creative work in the community
  • Have minimum two-year history of producing, presenting or directly supporting artistic programming for youth.
  • A professional artist must lead (or co-lead) the project
  • Be able to meet non-discriminatory employment and personnel practices

General Restrictions

Metro Arts/POWER Youth funding will not support:

  • Durable goods, including the purchase of equipment or capital improvements. Examples of durable goods include: appliances, furniture, musical instruments, electronic equipment, computers, televisions, printmaking machines, and sporting goods. If you have a question about what constitutes as a durable good, please contact the Metro Arts Youth Program Specialist.
  • Activities or programs with religious content, study, or practice. Metro Arts funds must be used for secular arts activities only.

Matching Funds

POWER Youth funding does not require matching funds by the organization.  

How to Submit an Application

Metro Arts uses the Submittable online system to accept applications for this funding program. Applicants may save and edit their application before submitting the final application. Applicants may only submit one (1) application. All applications must be submitted online. No emailed, faxed, or mailed applications will be considered for funding. Applications and additional support materials must be submitted by Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM CST. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted for review.

Project Coaching: Request for coaching can be made by November 29, 2021 for appointments taking place November 29-December 7, 2021. Make your request to nichole.robinson@nashville.gov with the subject line: POWER Youth Project Coaching.

Proposal Review & Funding Decisions

Application Review

Metro Arts staff will review each application to determine eligibility. Ineligible and incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed or scored.

Each application deemed eligible will be reviewed and scored by an adjudication panel. The panel will consist of MAC and Metro Arts staff. Each application will be reviewed based on the stated scoring criteria and the scores will be added together to create an overall application score of up to 25 total points.  Scoresheets containing the panelists’ notes are kept on file at Metro Arts. You may contact the Youth Program Specialist if you would like to discuss the scores received.

Funding Criteria & Scoring

Application reviewers will use a Scoring Guide to evaluate each application. This guide includes a list of criteria divided in to five main areas: Organizational Capacity/Feasibility, Artistic Merit, Positive Values Alignment, Career Development, and Commitment to Equity. These areas match the sections of the application. A proposal can receive a score of up to 5 points in each area. Successful proposals will demonstrate the following standards:

Organizational Capacity/Feasibility (5 points)
The organization has a minimum two-year history of working with youth and can meet the expectations of a POWER Youth Partner Site Host.  The project demonstrates well planned, clearly described and achievable activities. Program outcomes are clear, realistic and measurable. Qualified staff will oversee delivery of the project and provide adequate support to accommodate the number of participants the project seeks to serve. The budget is detailed, clear, and scaled appropriately in relation to the work plan proposed.

Artistic Merit (5 Points)
The project articulates clear, artistic objectives/outcomes and cultural relevance. The project engages professional Artist Teacher(s)/Mentor(s) with a demonstrated arts work history with youth; evidence of strong creative practice and vision; activities planned demonstrate ability to expand on the artistic and/or cultural knowledge of participants

Positive Youth Development Alignment (5 points)
The project implements developmentally appropriate activities that connect youth to arts and work readiness experiences. The project promotes positive youth agency and leadership and fosters an environment that values strategic arts engagement, team building, and confidence.

Career Development (5 points)
Youth job descriptions clearly articulate expectations and align with the project’s artistic outcomes. Participants will learn life and career skills, with an intentional focus on soft skills, that are both arts specific and translatable to being successful in the workplace.

Commitment to Equity (5 Points)
Project exhibits commitment to people who have been historically underrepresented in mainstream arts funding, discourse, leadership and resource allocation; including, but not limited to, people of color, people of all ages, differently abled people, LGBTQ people, women, and the socio-economically disadvantaged.

Project components address the unequal nature of voice, resource allocation and visibility that exist in the arts and cultural ecosystem.

(Applications are subject to a deduction of 2 points if applicant is not in good standing based on previous funding cycles)

Funding Recommendations & Approval  

The panelists’ scores will inform funding recommendations. The funding amount will also be based on the number of proposals received and the amount of funds available. Final funding recommendations will be made by Metro Arts and Metro Action Committee staff and will be approved by Metro Arts’ Board of Commissioners. Metro Nashville Arts Commission meetings are open to the public. To find information about upcoming meetings, visit the Public Meetings section of our website.

Accepting an Award

Award notifications will be sent via the Submittable system to the contact person provided on the application with next step instructions. In some cases, projects may be funded at less than the full request amount.  In these cases, applicants will submit a revised budget or have the option to decline the award. Awardees will accept or decline award through a form sent via Submittable.

Managing an Award

If you accept a POWER Youth Summer Employment Program Site Partner award, it is expected that the recipient will maintain financial records, gather participant demographic information, and document project outcomes.

Invoice Process

Percentage of Award amount

Invoice will be submitted

Invoice 1: 60% of award

After attendance at the mandatory MAC onboarding meeting in May

(Proof of background checks and all necessary budget revisions completed PRIOR to Invoice 1)

Invoice 2: 40% of award

After the project closeout form is complete and approved before the due date of August 30, 2022

Site Partners agree to the following terms:

  • Site Partner will fulfil the Site Partner Expectations (pg. 3-4).
  • Site Partner will use funds to pay for artist fees, project coordination and/or non-durable supplies and materials that support the project as described in the proposal.
  • Field trip transportation must be done through a licensed chartered bus, or van, company to ensure that all necessary safety requirements are met. Use of personal vehicles is not permitted for the transportation of any youth in the program.
  • Should there be POWER Youth project amendments, the POWER Youth Site Partner must submit changes to and receive approval from Metro Arts staff PRIOR to project implementation. Request a “Program/Budget Revision” form with an e-mail or Submittable message with the subject line: “POWER Youth Amendment Request” to the Youth Program Specialist. The form will be sent via Submittable, so the awardee can make necessary revisions.
  • Prior to program start, background checks should be current, and “Summer Program Info Sheet” completed via Submittable.
  • Site Partner will give a report of total program hours for June and July if requested via Submittable form.
  • Site Partner will comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Site Partner will obtain all permits, licenses, and permissions necessary for the project.
  • Site Partner will collect and report project data as detailed in Project Closeout Form.
  • In all publicity, promotions and/or printed materials related to the project, the site partner will credit Metro Arts according to the Credit and Logo Usage Guidelines.
  • If project amendments are not approved, the project fails to occur, or after monitoring the applicant is found to be out of compliance, the site partner will forfeit the remainder of their award and funding will be reallocated.


Metro Arts will conduct monitoring visits for all funded POWER Youth Summer Employment Program projects. The bulleted items below will be required to be “onsite” (whether “in-person” or “virtual”). A written report of the monitoring visit will be provided to the organization after the review is complete. Unresolved or recurring negative findings may affect an applicant’s ability to apply for future funding. Items monitored include but are not limited to:

  • Proof of Insurance – documentation showing proof of liability insurance of $1 million or more
  • Emergency Medical Forms – (proof that forms are kept on site with current emergency contact info and are accessible to the Peer Leaders and Site Supervisors)
  • Workman’s Comp Claim forms – (proof they are on site and available should any incidents occur)
  • Background Checks – proof they have been completed for artist mentors/site supervisors
  • Health and Safety Checks – confirm that youth workers and Peer Leaders are working in a safe environment, no illegal equipment is being used, health and safety guidelines are being followed, and that youth know who to contact on-site in case of emergency or other concerns
  • OSHA and Title VI Standards –OSHA and EEO/Title VI standards are accessible, displayed on-site and that a process for how to file a complaint is in place
  • Youth workers are observed actively engaged in work experience

Liability and Indemnification 

Metro’s liability is limited to the amount funded.  Applicant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Metro, officers, agents, and employees from:

A.  Any claims, damages, or costs and attorney fees for injuries or damages arising, in part or in whole, from the negligent or intentional acts or omissions of Applicant, its officers, employees, and/or agents, in connection with the project, and

B.  Any claims, damages, penalties, costs, and attorney fees arising from any failure of Applicant, its officers, employees, and/or agents to observe applicable laws, including, but not limited to, labor laws and minimum wage laws.

C.   Metro will not indemnify, defend, or hold harmless in any fashion the Applicant from any claims arising from any failure, regardless of any language in any attachment or other document that the Applicant may provide.

D.  Applicant shall pay Metro any expenses incurred as a result of applicant’s failure to fulfill any obligation in a professional and timely manner.

Any final products from the project are the sole responsibility of the applicant. Metro is not responsible for installation, maintenance or removal of a project.

Metro Arts Logo Usage and Credit Policy

All awarded proposals must adhere to the Metro Arts credit policy. The policy, logo standards and files can be found on the Resources and Toolkits page of the Metro Arts website. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in the cancellation of the awarded contract.Page Break

PUBLIC NOTICE: Nondiscrimination Policies, ADA Compliance & Accessibility

The Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, or ability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline, or any other employment practices because of non-merit factors shall be prohibited.

Questions, concerns, complaints, requests for accommodation, or requests for additional information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act may be forwarded to Metro Arts’ ADA Compliance Coordinator: Ian Myers, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, P.O. Box 196300, Nashville, TN 37219-6300 Ian.Myers@nashville.gov, (615) 862-6730, TTY Relay Service 800-848-0298

Individuals who have a hearing impairment and require auxiliary aids and services for effective communication in the programs, services, or activities of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission are invited to make their needs and preferences known to the ADA Compliance Coordinator. This notice can be made available in alternative formats through the office of the ADA Compliance Coordinator, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

INTERPRETATION SERVICES: Should an individual need language interpretation, Metro Arts will secure assistance using a Metro approved over-the-phone or in-person interpretation service

En caso de que una interpretación individual idioma necesidad, Metro Artes garantizará la asistencia usando un servicio de traducción Metro aprobado over-the-teléfono o en persona

إذا كان الفرد بحاجة إلى الترجمة اللغوية، سوف الفنون مترو تأمين المساعدة باستخدام المترو المعتمدة عبر الهاتف أو شخصيا خدمة الترجمة الشفوية

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Forward inquiries concerning nondiscrimination policies, other than ADA compliance, to: Metro Human Relations Commission, 404 James Robertson Pkwy, Suite 130, P.O. Box 196300, Nashville, TN  37219-6300

For further assistance, please contact:  
Nichole Robinson, Youth Program Specialist  

Apply to be a mentor to Thrive artists in 2022!

Metro Arts seeks past Thrive awardees and other local professional artists with proven experience developing and coordinating community art projects who are interested in serving as mentors to FY22 Thrive Cycle 2 artists. Read more about this funding cycle of Thrive here. Mentoring will require a time commitment of approximately 10-15 hours between January 2022 and June 2022, with one additional summer 2022 meeting, and can be conducted virtually or in-person with social distancing precautions. Stipends of $500 are available to mentors.

Artists who receive Thrive funds in Cycle 1 are eligible to serve as mentors in Cycle 2.  Artists  producing their own projects for Cycle 2 cannot also serve as mentors for Cycle 2.

Role of Mentors:

  • Share what you’ve learned from your experience designing and implementing community art projects.
  • Help Thrive artists navigate the project design and community outreach process, and share best practices for project implementation.
  • Offer suggestions for how Thrive artists might measure and celebrate the success of their particular project.
  • Envision future partnerships or opportunities in the community after this project ends.

Expectations/Time Commitment:

  • Attend a brief orientation (online) with Metro Arts and maintain communication with Metro Arts about the mentorship and any need for support.
  • Hold 9-10 biweekly (every other week) meetings with your mentee between January and June (dates to be determined with your mentee) via Zoom or in-person (with social distancing precautions) to check in about the status of the project.
  • This cycle includes a gallery show at the Parthenon in Centennial Park (see pg. 14 of guidelines). Meet with your mentee and the Parthenon gallery curator once over the summer to plan and prepare artwork for gallery show.
  • Attend gallery show in Fall 2022.


Mentors will receive a stipend of $500.

Complete this form to apply! Please contact Marysa LaRowe at marysa.larowe@nashville.gov with any questions.

Guidelines for Temporary Artwork on Metro Property

Metro Public Art positions public art as a community investment tool for neighborhood transformation, creative workforce development and equitable practices throughout the city. With prior approval and agreement, Metro allows artists, or organizations who are working with a professional artist(s), to install artworks on Metro property including publicly-accessible spaces within and around buildings, in parks and other open spaces, and along streets and roadway features which may include sidewalks, retaining walls, bridges, bike paths, e-signal box covers, or other locations deemed safe and appropriate by Metro.

· If the proposed temporary artwork site is a roadway, only secondary streets with low to moderate vehicular and pedestrian traffic may be activated. Approval will not be granted for project sites that involve heavily trafficked intersections, or connectors or major roadways, or any other site condition that causes a safety concern or conflicts with Metro standards for safety in the roadway.

Artists or organizations proposing any temporary artwork for Metro property, including those in the Metro right-of-way (ROW), are required to submit a Temporary Artworks on Metro Property application with basic information about the design concept, artist, community involvement process, materials, funding, maintenance, and removal. Metro Arts will review and provide a recommendation regarding the temporary artwork project to the applicant and the Metro department with oversight of the proposed site.

Once Metro Arts provides approval, it is the applicant’s responsibility to secure appropriate permits from Metro Public Works and final approval from the Metro Department with oversight of the proposed artwork site before installation begins. Please note that, with the exception of funds awarded through its competitively awarded grant and funding programs and Percent for Art program, Metro does not provide financial or staff support for temporary art projects on Metro property. Project sponsors must cover all costs associated with the project, including maintenance and removal of artwork at the agreed upon removal date.

For the purposes of this policy, temporary is defined as an installation period of one month to 18 months. Projects must involve a full-time stewardship entity that will also be the permit holder. Permits may be extended, at the discretion of Metro Arts, for projects that are in good condition and whose stewards have fulfilled their obligations and pledge to continue to do so.

Criteria for Approval of Temporary Artworks

Applicants are expected to clearly demonstrate that the proposed artwork is feasible to create and that it will enhance the public’s experience of the site where it is placed. The placement of temporary artwork on public property is not an entitlement allowed for every proposal. Artwork will be evaluated for suitability and approved only when it meets:

A successful application also requires:

  •  Artist and project applicant reside in the Nashville/Davidson county area
  •  Artwork is created by a professional artist who is fairly compensated
  • Demonstration of qualified project coordinators and/or artist(s) to lead the project
  • Artwork includes a design development process that includes community outreach/engagement
  • Artwork promotes neighborhood identity or community pride
  • Artwork is generally supported by the community, as shown by responses received from the following:

Applicant is required to notify, in writing, any abutting property owners (street, road, alley or ROW or fee owner of easement) and the council member representing the proposed location of such artwork before Metro approval and agreement may be executed. Documentation of such communications is required.

  • If necessary, a plan for adherence to social distancing and health and safety recommendations
  • Project exhibits commitment to people who have been historically underrepresented in mainstream arts funding, discourse, leadership and resource allocation; including, but not limited to, people of color, people of all ages, differently abled people, LGBTQ people, women, and the socio-economically disadvantaged
  • Project design and components move past simple representation and addresses the unequal nature of voice, resource allocation and visibility that exist in the arts and cultural ecosystem.
  • Acknowledgement that works on Metro property or ROW may, by virtue of their location, be easily damaged; and that Metro will not be responsible for any maintenance, repair, or replacement of the artwork.

Artworks will not be approved if the design includes any of the following:

While artwork featuring text is allowable, the text must be an original, artistic element within the design. Text cannot include promotional, advertising, logos, or copywritten material

  • Messages appearing to advertise or promote a commercial entity (corporation or for-profit business) (If it does, a sign permit may      be required.)
  • Promotion of an organization or non-profit entity (If it does, a sign permit may be required.)
  • Driver distractions or anything that could be confused with traffic control devices or other safety standard.
  • Materials that are not designed for the location in which the artwork will be sited
  • Applicant neither identifies as an artist (and meets the definition of a professional artist) or identified an artist in the application

Related Permits and Other Approvals

Right-of-way (ROW) refers to sidewalks, streetscapes and areas not managed by another department of Metro including Parks, Libraries, or General Services. Sidewalks, bridges and streetscapes connected to state routes may require Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) approval, which is not part of this application process and not under the purview of Metro.

Please note that Metro Arts review of proposed temporary artwork typically takes up to 90 days. In addition to the Temporary Artwork agreement, applicants may be required to obtain a permit from Public Works for any activity occurring in the ROW. This may include temporary sidewalk or traffic lane closures. If the proposed temporary artwork site is a roadway, only secondary streets with low to moderate vehicular and pedestrian traffic may be activated. Approval will not be granted for project sites that involve heavily trafficked intersections, connectors or major roadways. Physical structures (sculptures or objects) planned to be located in the ROW will require an encroachment approval which can take up to 90 days. Encroachment permits must be approved by ordinance (three readings before the Metropolitan Council). An artwork with an underground foundation also requires an excavation permit. Complete details and requirements related to Public Works permits can be found here:  http://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Permits.aspx (Please note that general liability insurance is a requirement of the ROW permit.)

Installation, Safety, Maintenance and Removal

  • Metro does not accept ownership of said artwork nor accept any responsibility maintenance, repair, or replacement of artwork.
  • No artwork can obstruct public access or violate the provisions of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Any artwork applied on a sidewalk must be made of an anti-skid material.  The material must comply with the ADA.
  • All artwork materials—such as paint, adhesive and other materials—should be designed for use in the proposed location and on the surface(s) to which it will be applied. Metro reserves the right to review and approve any materials or installation methods.
  • The applicant shall clean and prime surfaces prior to the application of materials unless this requirement is specifically waived in the agreement.
  • Paint and other materials shall be applied according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Vinyl wraps must be professionally installed.
  • Ventilation channels on utility boxes shall not be covered with paint or other materials.
  • Anti-graffiti coatings are encouraged.
  • If artwork is tagged with graffiti or damaged within the time period approved in the Temporary Artwork agreement, applicant should abate the damage as soon as possible. The applicant has seven (7) business days from notification to abate graffiti and 30 days from notification to repair any other damage. If repairs are not timely made, Metro reserves the right to paint over the portion of the artwork where the damage occurred or remove the artwork entirely.
  • Metro reserves the absolute right to have the applicant alter, relocate, or remove from public display any artwork if it is determined in the sole discretion of Metro that the artwork poses a safety hazard, interferes with the flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic, creates a maintenance problem, interferes with public service or other activities in adjacent areas or is otherwise inappropriate for the site.
  • If the Metro-owned property including but not limited to utility boxes, retaining walls, sidewalks, etc. requires repair or replacement—in part or whole—while the artwork is  in place, there is no obligation on the part of Metro to replace, repair or reinstall the artwork. However, Metro will make a reasonable good faith effort to notify the applicant and provide an opportunity for consultation      regarding the removal or relocation of artwork, should that be possible.


  1. Applicant submits application form and required attachments to Metro via online form.
  2. Metro departmental representatives review based upon project criteria that includes artistic quality, feasibility of the suggested artwork location, existing operational or maintenance concerns and safety. Metro staff make recommendations for approval/disapproval or approval with conditions.
  3. Metro’s Public Art Committee reviews applications advanced by Metro staff. The review criteria include quality and durability of artwork, aesthetics, context, evidence of strong community engagement.
  4. Metro Departments may have procedural review boards in place that may also require review and approval of application, i.e. Metro Parks Board. Metro staff will advise applicant of procedure in these cases.
  5. If approved, applicant/artist to install artwork must obtain any other required permits before installation can begin.


Metro recently adopted an ordinance and guidelines for the purpose of evaluating potential donated artworks. This policy plans for the fact that there are limited suitable sites on public property for placement of donated artworks and limited public funds for maintenance and conservation of donated artworks. Each artwork will be evaluated by the Public Art Committee and the Metro Arts Commission in addition to the Metro Department accepting the donation.

In order for Metro to evaluate donations, donors are required to provide information about the artwork donation via Submittable at least six (6) months prior to the anticipated donation acceptance date.  You may also download the donor checklist/worksheet to assist in the process of gathering information about your artwork.

***PLEASE NOTE** Donations of artwork that require the city to pay for costs such as installation, transportation, site preparation or repair are not encouraged. Artwork requiring high or excessive maintenance may be declined.

Ordinance No. BL2015-1277 "D. Unless the metropolitan council has appropriated funding specifically for the installation and maintenance costs for the donated artwork, a donor’s proposal shall include funding adequate to cover all costs for the design, fabrication, insurance, transportation, storage, installation, and maintenance of the proposed artwork for a period of ten years from the date of acceptance, plus contingency funds for reasonable unforeseen circumstances."

Metro Arts frequently has opportunities for artists and community members to participate in program development, funding and artist selection panels, and community art projects.  Use this form to share your information and interest with us, and we'll contact you about specific opportunities that may be a good fit!

**Interested in being a panelist but can't make the dates of any of our current open calls? Share your information here to be notified of future calls for panelists.**

Metro Arts is interested in recruiting Nashville/Davidson County residents to join the Committee for Antiracism & Equity (CARE) of the Arts Commission. Particularly, individuals who have an interest in forwarding equity work within the arts and cultural sector. The Metro Arts Board of Commissioners established the Committee for Anti-Racism and Equity (CARE), comprised of community members and Commission members, as a standing committee to support Metro Arts in keeping the promise of its mission to drive an equitable and vibrant community through the arts. CARE is committed to holding Metro Arts accountable in becoming fully antiracist in its identity and working for equity in all policies and practices with the goal of dismantling all systems of oppression within the arts ecosystem.   

Each member will need to commit to the following prior to joining the team:  

• Within 12 months of being appointed, required attendance at an antiracism training.

• Demonstrated commitment to work toward a common understanding of the goal of racial equity.

• Demonstrated ability to apply an antiracist analysis to the organization as well as the team and the self (as individuals).

• Attend meetings regularly. Currently regular meetings occur on the first Wednesday of the month between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Additional meetings are scheduled as needed.

In addition, several norms and agreements have been formulated by existing members, which include: 

Be accountable to stakeholders of color, all genders and other marginalized groups by viewing questions, issues, and topics of discussion through an antiracist lens.

Identify connections between systemic racism and other forms of marginalization, exclusion, and oppression including those related to race, gender, sexuality, and ability.

Be able to name and define systemic racism and its roots.

Recognize existing injustices and commit to the ongoing work.

If you are interested in being considered, please fill out the following application.

Metro Arts