Metro Arts is seeking to expand its Percent for Public Art Collection by identifying Nashville-Davidson County artists from whom to purchase original artworks for its permanent collection. Artworks may include 2-dimensional artworks and 3-dimensional wall-hung artworks. Artworks may be portrait or landscape in orientation.  They may be no larger than 60” (h) x 192” (l) with most artworks measuring 36” (h) x 48” (l) or smaller.  Three-dimensional wall-hung artworks may protrude no more than 6” from the wall.


Professional artist. An artist of least 18 years of age with the following qualifications: 
  1. at least two years of visual art exhibition history, or 
  2. at least two years of commissioned visual or public art. 
Architects, landscape architects and other design professionals are not considered 
professional artists under this definition, unless they meet the criteria. Exhibitions, commissions or public art created during or as part of an artist’s undergraduate education shall not count towards these criteria.

Davidson County residency. Artist must maintain primary residency or studio in Davidson County.

**These qualifications must be demonstrated in artist resume**

Artists with conflicts of interest as outlined in the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County’s Public Art Guidelines are ineligible for public art commissions or projects. Artists may reference section VII of the Public Art Guidelines online at

Art WORKS Budget

Metro Arts will select up to 30 artists from whom we will purchase one work of art for up to 30 locations throughout the Ground Floor, First Floor, and Second Floor of the Historic Metro Courthouse. Typical values will range from $250 to $5,000 per artwork.

Site for Art WORKS

The Historic Metro Courthouse at 1 Public Square is the center of activity for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. It houses the Office of the Mayor, the Metro Council Chamber, the Metro Council Offices, the Metro Finance Department Offices, the Nashville Network, and the Metro Clerk’s Office on its lower floors. Upper floors house the Chancery Court and the Circuit Court.

All artworks for this acquisition will be located on the first three floors of the Courthouse in public areas. Successful artworks will stimulate, visually represent, and contribute to the character and texture of Nashville and Davidson County, Metro government, and the Historic Metro Courthouse environment. Artworks will be installed along the central hallway as well as in departmental offices. 

Vision for Art WORKS: Courthouse Collection

Artists are encouraged to consider the following vision for this acquisition:
Artwork for the Art WORKS: Courthouse Collection should reflect one or more of the following:
  • spirit of community, cooperation, collaboration, and service
  • sense of justice, equality and equity 
  •  transformation and new beginnings in our city

In a broader sense, the collection may:
  • stimulate creative thinking and foster artistic development in the community.
  • serve as a tool for community development and/or social impact

Courthouse History

The present building, completed in 1937, is actually the fourth courthouse to be built on the site. Plans for the present building began in 1934 for what was then called the Davidson County Courthouse and Public Building. It was intended to accommodate Nashville’s city hall, the county courthouse, and jail all in a single building. An architectural competition was held in conjunction with the Public Works Administration (PWA) in 1935 to select the design. Emmons H. Woolwine of Nashville, working in association with New York’s Frederic C. Hirons, won the competition. Their design was an elegant classical adaptation of then fashionable Art Deco style. When completed, the courthouse included bronze sculptures on the massive bronze doors by Rene Chambellan, large carved glass windows by David Harriton, and lobby murals by Dean Cornwell. The new courthouse was the first building in Davidson County to have central air conditioning.

The area around the courthouse, the Public Square, has been an important gathering place since the first courthouse was built here in 1803. Historically, people have come to the Public Square to shop, meet people, conduct business, and celebrate events. However, for much of Nashville’s history, the Public Square was home to slave markets and a place where the horrors of slavery were on full display. Years after traces of these slave markets had been erased, the site would become a place of resistance and resilience. One of the most significant protests was held on April 19, 1960 when a student-led march of thousands prompted then-Mayor Ben West to disavow segregation of Nashville’s lunch counters. The city recently dedicated the public artwork Witness Walls by artist Walter Hood. Located on the west side of the courthouse, it is designed to honor the events and people who fought for racial equality here in Nashville.

Over the years, many of the buildings that once lined the Public Square have changed.  In 2003, the Courthouse itself underwent a major renovation. The building’s exterior and lobby was restored to its original Art Deco grandeur, while the rest of the interior was reconstructed with technology, safety, accessibility, and security improvements to accommodate modern offices. At the same time, the former parking area was moved below ground to a five-level underground parking garage that can hold 1,200 cars. Above it is the Public Square Plaza featuring a central lawn, fountains, gardens, and the public artwork Citizen by artist Thomas Sayre.  

Artist Submission Instructions

Please read through carefully before submitting. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. No submissions will be accepted after the deadline. Technical questions about the online submission process (i.e. image upload, Submittable account set-up, etc.) should be directed to

All Submissions must be submitted via Submittable and are due Thursday, November 9, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time. In order to be considered, artists are required to submit the following materials:

  1. Letter of Interest. A brief (no more than one-page) artist statement, which should encompass why your work is appropriate for this Collection.  
  2. Artwork Images: Up to six (6) digital images representative of your artwork*. (File types accepted: JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF). Artists are required to include basic specifications of each image (title, media, dimensions, year and retail price). *Artists will be selected based on their portfolio of works. Specific artwork purchases will be conducted via studio visit after artist selection. 
  3. Current Artist Résumé: not to exceed four single-sided pages or 2MB. Resume must demonstrate artistic practice as defined by the Public Art Guidelines.  
  4. References: three artistic professional references (those who can speak to your artwork and your experience as an artist) 

Selection Criteria

Artists will be selected based on the following criteria of their work:
  • Artistic quality
  • Aesthetic merit
  • Appropriateness of artworks for a public and workplace setting
  • Ability of work to add vibrancy and/or visual impact to a professional workplace
  • Artist’s work reflects project vision
  • Diversity of work and artists represented in the Metro Public Art Collection
  • Small-to-medium scale artworks that can be easily stored and moved as space needs change
  • Artwork that is in good physical condition and its projected future maintenance and conservations needs are not cost prohibitive

Selection Process

  1. Applications Due by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on Thursday, November 9, 2017. 
  2. Image and Application Review: From the submissions received, a citizen selection panel made up of visual artists, arts and design professionals, community representatives and those representing the site (Metro Courthouse), will choose up to 30 artists.
  3. Review and Recommendation: Selected artists will be recommended to the Public Art Committee, who will make final artist recommendations to the Metro Arts Commission. Metro Arts will notify all artists regarding the Commission’s selection.
  4. Purchase: Metro Arts staff will visit artists’ studios to select specific artworks for purchase. Artists must complete: Vendor Short Form, a Purchase Agreement, and a maintenance form.  Artist will deliver unframed artworks to a secure location provided by Metro Arts.

Project Timeline

Note: The following timeline is a working guide for planning purposes and may be adjusted as necessary.

  • Issue Call to Artists - September 11, 2017
  • Artist Submissions Due - 11:59 p.m. CST November 9, 2017
  • Selection Committee Review of Artists - November 2017
  • Public Art Committee Review and Recommendation- December 12, 2017
  • Arts Commission Review and Recommendation - December 21, 2017
  • Artist Awards late - December 2017
  • Artwork Selection by Metro Arts - January-February 2018
  • Artist Contracting Process - March 2018
  • Artwork Framing, managed by Metro Arts - April-May 2018
  • Artwork Installation - May-June 2018


Direct all questions related to this Call to Artists to: with Courthouse Collection Purchase in the subject line or (615) 862-6732.  Questions will be taken through 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

ADA Compliance and Accessibility

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: Laurel Fisher, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, (615) 862-6720, TTY Relay Service 800-848-0298

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

Metro Arts is seeking creative and innovative proposals from curators for a temporary public art exhibition to take place in the spring and early summer of 2018. Metro Arts is requesting proposals that detail a curatorial vision for the exhibition, the development of a theme and a selection process for artists.

Deadline for submission: October 4, 2017 prior to 4:30 p.m.

Project Background

Metro Arts’ 40th Anniversary:

In 2018, Metro Arts, the local arts and cultural agency for the city of Nashville, will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Metro Arts is responsible for arts and cultural policy for the city, supports arts organizations with operational support and funding for arts programming, administers the public art program and many other initiatives that support the creative life of our community. Metro Arts believes that all Nashvillians should be able to participate in a creative life and that the arts drive a more vibrant and equitable community.

When Metro Arts was created in 1978, the landscape of Nashville was very different. The arts council or local arts agency came into vogue in the early to mid-20th century with increased attention from across the country on community development via the arts. On the heels of the Civil Rights Movement and the ending of the Vietnam War, Nashville’s Arts Commission (Metro Arts) formed. At the beginning, there was no public art program or any grant funding and there were far fewer arts organizations in existence. Fast forward to today; Metro Arts is supporting 59 arts organizations and nearly 3,000 Nashville-based artists each year! A recent economic impact study (Arts & Economic Prosperity 5) states the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $429.3 million in annual economic activity in Davidson County, supports 14,277 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $51.1 million in local and state government revenues!

Metro Public Art

Metro Art’s Public Art program, Metro Public Art, recently celebrated the installation of its 50th artwork in the public collection. In addition, a new vision for the program was announced in May 2017. The program aims to diversify with deeper work in the community through tools like temporary public art exhibitions, artist residencies, and artists on planning teams, as well as forming community-based studios. The values of the program center on equity, artists and the public realm - those shared spaces that are for everyone.  This exhibition should activate shared spaces and cultivate community conversations.


Early June of each year is one of the busiest times for tourism and events in Nashville. Thousands trek through Nashville to attend the Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival in Manchester, TN, and more than 88,000 attend the annual CMA Music Festival each day for nearly a week. In 2017, Nashville hosted the Stanley Cup Finals, which often brought more than 100,000 people to the downtown area. Residents as well as visitors should be considered when crafting the curatorial theme.

Project Timeline

  • Deadline to submit curator qualifications: October 4, 2017
  • Announcement of selected curator: October 31, 2017
  • Curator invites shortlist of artists to submit qualifications and artwork ideas based upon the curatorial theme: December 1, 2017
  • Artist proposals reviewed by Curator and presented to Public Art Committee: December 12, 2017
  • Announcement of Final Artist(s): December 31, 2017
  • Artists planning, design and fabrication: January-April 2018
  • Installation and activation: beginning May 2018
  • All funds must be paid out to artists by June 30, 2018


Total project budget is $100,000. Curator fee will be up to $10,000 based on work plan submitted to Metro Arts. From the total project budget, the curator may select multiple artists with budgets of up to $10,000 each. Artwork sites will be selected based upon the curatorial theme and in collaboration with Metro Arts and other Metro agencies and partners. Documentation of the exhibition, installation of the artworks and any required site work, such as lighting or plinths, will be supported by Metro Arts outside of the $100,000 budget. All funds must be paid out to artists by June 30, 2018


This project is open to experienced professional curators who reside in the United States. However, Nashville-based or Southeastern residents may be most appropriate for this opportunity as travel costs will need to be covered in the $10,000 curatorial fee. Curators must have at least a 3 to 5-year history of prior curatorial work and/or production of exhibitions.

Project Goals

The successful curator will ensure the following project goals are met:

  • Stronger public art ecosystem: Public art stakeholders and the general public will have a broader understanding of Metro Public Art’s program vision; projects will support local artists, fabricators or businesses.
  • Vibrant, creative places: Artworks are commissioned for neighborhood sites, parks and recreation facilities, libraries and other community spaces with the goal of strengthening their role as welcoming and functional places for gathering.
  • Deeper Cultural and Civic Participation: Projects should inspire and activate deeper cultural and civic participation. Artworks should inspire civic conversations and a broader awareness of public life. 
  • Vital Public Realm: Artworks should support the development of shared spaces that are open to everyone and are dedicated to the community’s vision, identity and purpose.

Selected artists should include a diverse group of artists representing local, regional and/or national geographies. Metro Arts will assist curator in identifying Nashville-based artists for inclusion. A minimum of 25% of artists selected should be local to the Nashville region. The final works should be accessible and inviting for all age groups and demographics. Artworks will need to be safe and sturdy enough for the public realm. Artworks must be exhibited for a minimum of one month and can stay in place up to 12 months (if site sponsors support it and the sites remain available).

Curator will be responsible for managing artist selection, artist coordination, and in collaboration with Metro Arts, selecting artwork sites, as well as supporting promotion and communications regarding the exhibition. Curator will be supported by project staff at Metro Arts in project coordination and installation.

Curator Selection Process

Applicants will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Quality, creativity and innovativeness of the curatorial vision
  • Relevant experience of the curator and proposed artists
  • Relevance of proposed idea to the Nashville community
  • Clearly stated goals, approach and outcomes/impact
  • Evidence of strong artist relationships and project management skills

Selection of curator will be made by a selection panel and approved by the Public Art Committee and Metro Arts Commission. Selection and announcement of curator will be made by October 31, 2017.

Learning Lab 

In 2016, Metro Arts launched an artist development program called Learning Lab to train artists in civic, public, social and placemaking practices. This program, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and co-designed with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP) and the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, helped artists deepen their knowledge around equitable, community-based work and created capacity for neighborhood transformation through the arts.

The program provides artists with the tools to work in authentic community partnerships through deep listening and co-design skills, practical knowledge needed to enter into partnerships and project management basics. Previous Learning Lab artists have been funded to work with community partners on projects covering a wide range of community concerns such as affordable housing and displacement, restorative justice and issues important to Nashville’s immigrant communities. Learn more about the program at this link. 

Who should apply? 

Metro Arts is seeking emerging as well as mid-career artists interested in moving their practice into community-based work. No prior public or civic practice work is required. However, artists should have a solid creative practice and understand where their works fits in the larger community context. Those just beginning a practice may not be quite ready for this opportunity. 

Qualifying applicants will be selected using the following criteria: strength of artistic/creative vision based on past works, expressed interest in community and/or experience working in a community setting; and authenticity as evidenced in application essay questions.Selection will be made by a panel made up of artists, community members and arts professionals. 

Based on the quality of applications and work samples, a short list of finalists will be invited to participate in the final interview round of the selection process. Artists selected for the final interview phase will be notified no later than November 15th. In-person interviews will be conducted on November 28th & 29th. Artists who are selected for interviews must be available on those dates. 

Artist Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must be:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Actively pursuing a career as an artist
  • Not currently enrolled in a degree-granting program; and
  • Currently residing in Nashville
We are not currently seeking musicians or applied art/design professionals such as landscape architects, architects or graphic designers unless they also identify as a producing and/or exhibiting artist.

Application Dealine

**All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., before midnight, CDT on Friday October 27th  2017**

Lab Time Commitment 

Selected artists will be required to attend ALL Learning Lab training sessions, no exceptions. Please make sure before applying that, if selected, you will be able to attend during the following dates and times:
  • Artist Reception Kick-off, January. 29th, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    @ Casa Azafrán
  • Learning Lab Session #1 January 30th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    @ McGruder Family Resource Center 
  • Learning Lab Session #2 February 23rd 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    @ Casa Azafrán
  • Learning Lab Session #3 February 24th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    @ Casa Azafrán
  • Learning Lab Session #4 March 23rd, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    @ Casa Azafrán

Artists will also need to be available for phone and in person coaching sessions and meetings with their community partners between April and June 2018. These meetings and coaching sessions will be scheduled at a convenient time for all parties. Artist project funding opportunities will be made available after July 1, 2018, but are not directly connected to the Lab sessions.  

Thank you to our partners at Conexión Américas, Casa Azafrán and McGruder Family Resource Center for hosting the Learning Lab! Casa Azafrán is located at 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211. McGruder Family Resource Center is located at 2013 25th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208.

Need additional assistance with the application or have questions? 

If you need assistance or have questions, please reach out to the Learning Lab Program Manager, Van Maravalli at or 615-862-7213.

Questions will be taken via email or phone through Monday, October 23rd at noon.

Metro Arts is partnering with Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training to provide a two and a half day workshop that is meant to help participants transform organizational and personal practices and learn how to create and sustain more equitable practices. This workshop is designed for organizations  who are looking to deepen their equity practices. This training is required of those individuals who have been selected for FY18 Racial Equity in Arts Leadership Learning Cadre.

The goals of the workshop are: 1) to give the  opportunity to review the ways in which systematic racism manifests itself in institutional and personal practice, and 2) to begin the work of strategically making  plans for each represented organization and individual artist to move forward in working through various challenges in achieving equity.

The workshop will be held on the following dates and times:
Thursday, November 16, 2017 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday, November 17, 2017 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 18, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Each organization is allowed to bring up to four (4) people to the training. Individual artists are allowed to invite another artist with whom them collaborate (2 people). There is sliding fee for registration. Full participation is required.

Individual Artists - $150 per person
Organizational Budget under $100,000 or individual artists          $250 per organization
Organizational Budget between $100,000 - $999,999                    $500 per organization
Organizational Budget between $1,000,000 - $4,999,999              $750 per organization
Organizational Budget over $5,000,000                                            $1,000 per organization

*If you need a scholarship, please contact
*If you or your organization are willing to provide a scholarship (in addition to your registration fee), please contact

Fill out the application and press submit. Metro Arts will send an invoice and instructions about payment at a later time. Applications are due on Monday, October 2 2017 at 12:00 PM. Accepted applicants will be notified by October 18.

Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) Learning Cadre seeks to engage arts leaders in conversations about racial equity in the arts ecosystem. REAL is meant to cultivate a shared learning space for participants to learn and practice new language about race, and to think through larger issues of systematic and institutional racism. The ultimate goal of the REAL Learning Cadre is to foster change within one's own practice and institution that will ripple into the arts ecosystem and everything it touches.

REAL participants are required to attend all of the sessions with full support from for their organization. There is no cost for participation in the program unless participants would like to bring additional colleagues to the initial 2.5 day training (see below).

November 16-18, 2017: Crossroads 2.5 day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Workshop. Nov. 16 & 17: 9am-6pm, Nov. 18: 9am-12pm. (Please contact Metro Arts if you would like to bring additional colleagues to this training).
December 7, 2017 4:00-6:00PM: REAL Cadre meet up
January 18, 2018 12:00-4:30PM: Inequities Everywhere: The "It City" for Whom?
February 15, 2018 12:00-4:30PM: Inequities in the Arts: Genre, Tradition, Heritage and Legacy
March 15, 2018 12:00-4:30PM: Inequities in the Arts: Artistic Excellence, Auditions, and Artistic Interpretation
April 9, 2018 12:00-4:30PM:  Inequities in the Nashville Ecosystem: Exclusion, Theft, Displacement, and Erasure 
May 17, 2018 12:00-4:30PM: Artistic and Political Citizenship: Creative a Vision of Equity
June 7, 2018 12:00 - 4:30PM: Making Art and Policy

If selected for the cadre, each participant will receive reading materials in advance of each session. In exchange, one must ensure that their organization supports their participation fully in the cadre experience, including allowing for time-off to attend 100% of the required sessions.  Each participant must agree to participate in program evaluation and if interested will support future programs and sessions related to race and class inequity for other cultural organizations.

Fill out the application and press submit. Monday, October 2 2017 at 12:00 PM.
Metro Public Art recently released its vision for the future of Public Art in Nashville. Recommendations in the Community Investment Plan call for many different ways to activate artists and support transformational change in our community. One of the many approaches we are taking is asking artists to be a part of the visioning process for various civic projects in partnership with Metro departments and agencies including Parks, Libraries, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority and many more. 

If you are an artist with a social or civic practice, an active listening process, a history of community-engaged projects, this opportunity may be for you. We are specifically looking for artists who are interested in being PAID to attend community/public input meetings, as well as lead and conduct community visioning and art activities as it relates to civic projects (i.e. the redevelopment/redesign of a park, an affordable housing development or transportation infrastructure and streetscapes).

Budget, Scope and Commitment:
The budgets below are general estimates. For any work an artist does beyond the following scope, an additional fee will be negotiated.
  • To attend meetings and participate in visioning conversations: approximately $250 per meeting (no more than 2 hours)
  • To facilitate art activities, feedback processes or envisioning exercises: $500 to $1,000 per workshop (no more than 2-4 hours active time with community members, planning time is also to be included in this fee.

NOTE: By applying, you are not committing to any specific projects, meetings or dates at this time. If selected, artist’s name will be added to Metro Arts’ Artists in Community Visioning roster. Metro Arts will share opportunities as they arise. Metro Arts, nor its partners, are obligated to hire artists. Each project will be evaluated on a case by case basis.


Individual professional artists or artist teams that maintain a primary residence or studio in Davidson County are eligible to apply

Professional artist
: An artist of at least 18 years of age with the following qualifications:
  • At least two years or visual art exhibition history OR
  •  At least two years of commissioned visual or public art. 
Artist team:
  • Two or more professional artists working collaboratively on a project OR
  • A collaborative team led by a professional artist.

Application Requirements: 
  • Artist Contact Information
  • Completed Online Application (via Metro Arts’ Submittable website)
  • Artist CV or Resume (2-3 pages Max) demonstrating artistic experience of at least two years of exhibition, performance or professional history.
  • Artist’s Supporting Materials
    • Visual Arts: Up to 6 digital images
    • Performing Arts: Up to 3 minutes of video or audio material. If your videos can be found online via direct link (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo), please add links to a word document and upload the document to the application.
    • Literary Arts: Up to 6 pages of material
  • Three Professional References: List three people with whom you have worked on a community-based project (preferably an organizational partner) who can discuss their experience working with you.
  • Application Questions
    • Please express your interests in working as an artist involved in the visioning process of various Metro-led civic projects (up to two paragraphs).
    • Are you open to being paired with an artist of a different discipline if a particular project calls for a multi-dimensional approach?
    • Are there specific geographic areas or neighborhoods you are interested in working?
Selection Process: Artist qualifications will be reviewed by Metro Arts staff, who will make recommendations for the artist roster to the Public Art Committee for review and approval. 

Metro Nashville is interested in supporting artistic and cultural activation throughout the city.

Metro allows artists or organizations who are working with a professional artist(s) to install artworks in the Metro Right of Way. Artworks, with prior approval and appropriate agreement, may include signal box covers, sidewalks, retaining walls, or other locations deemed appropriate by Metro.

An agreement, appropriate permits and final artwork design must be approved in writing before installation begins. Metro shall also have the final determination on where artwork can be located.

Artwork Criteria

Artworks in right-of-way will not be approved, if the artwork design violates any of the following:

  • Artwork is not allowed to contain inappropriate or offensive images or words.
  • Artworks that convey messages appearing to advertise or promote a commercial entity (corporation or for-profit business) will not be accepted.
  • If the artwork promotes an organization or non-profit entity, a sign permit may be required.
  • Images that create a driver distraction or could be confused with traffic control devices will not be accepted.

In addition to the Artwork in the right-of-way agreement, applicants will be required to obtain a permit for any activity occurring in the right-of-way. This may include temporary sidewalk or traffic lane closures.

Physical structures (sculptures or objects) planned to be located in the right-of-way will require an encroachment permit. Encroachment permits must be approved by the Metropolitan Council. An artwork with a below ground foundation also requires an excavation permit.

Details and requirements related to permits. (General Liability insurance is a requirement of the ROW permit)

Applicant must notify, in writing, any abutting property owners (street, road, alley or right-of-way or fee owner of easement) and the district member of council representing the area of such artwork before Metro approval and agreement may be executed. Documentation of such communications may be required.

Installation, Safety and Maintenance Requirements

  • By approval of an Artwork in the Right of Way, Metro does not accept ownership of said artwork nor any responsibility for future maintenance. Any on-site liability of the artwork or installation of artwork is assumed by the applicant/artist.
  • No artwork can obstruct or cause American with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations in the right-of-way.
  • Any art placed on a sidewalk must be made of an anti-skid resistant material. The material must comply with the American with Disabilities Act.
  • All artwork materials used should be designed for use on the particular surface to be painted (or adhered to). Metro reserves the right to review and approve any materials.
  • The applicant shall clean and prime surfaces prior to the application of materials unless this requirement is 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. Removal of graffiti often results in the removal of the anti-graffiti coating as well so it may need to be reapplied.
  • If artwork is tagged with graffiti or damaged within the time period approved in the Artwork in Right of Way agreement, Metro will contact the applicant to repair. The applicant has 3 days from notification to abate graffiti and 30 days from notification to repair any other damage. If graffiti is not removed within 3 days, Metro reserves the right to paint over the portion of the artwork where the graffiti is located.
  • Metro reserves the right to remove or cover any artwork if it is determined to be a safety hazard, is too large, 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 space.
  • If the Metro-owned property including utility boxes, retaining walls, sidewalk, etc. needs to be repaired or replaced -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, the applicant will be given notice so that the artwork can be removed or relocated – should that be possible.


  1. Applicant/artist submits application form, plus attachments to Metro Arts.
  2. Metro Arts reviews in collaboration with Metro Public Works.
  3. Both teams make a joint recommendation for approval or disapproval.
  4. If approved, applicant/artist to install artwork must submit signed agreement form and obtain any other required permits.

The Metro Arts Commission is teaming up with the Juvenile Justice Center to identify possible arts interventions for youth in crisis. Thus far, we have recognized a need to map the arts happenings and programming within our already existing network of artists and arts organizations. Metro Arts and Juvenile Court needs to map the arts programming for two reasons: 1. To build a referral list of currently available programming in various neighborhoods that may divert youth and children toward a restorative path. 2. To identify gaps in programming so that Metro Arts, Oasis, JJC, artists and arts organizations can help to create additional tools for children and families in crisis.

Grant Review Panelist: Metro Arts seeks volunteers to serve as grant application reviewers. No experience required. We provide sufficient orientation so all panelists may serve confidently. Panelists review all submitted application materials online, attend required orientation and review meetings, and score each grant application. Scores are averaged and used to help Metro Arts determine grant awards.

Public Art Selection Panelist: A public art Selection Panel is comprised of artists, community and business representatives, architects, landscape architects and other design professionals and Metro representatives. This panel reviews submissions for a public art project and makes recommendations to the Public Art Committee.

Metro Arts strives to form selection panels that are diverse and appropriate to the specific project or program. Though voluntary, the demographic data and resume upload included in this form will assist Metro Arts in accomplishing this goal.

Metro Arts looks for individuals who are thoughtful, willing to listen to others' opinions and are able to represent a specific viewpoint that is relevant to the public art project. Self nominations are welcome.

Panelist Eligibility Criteria:

Every Metro Arts panelist must work or live in Davidson County, have a keen interest in the arts (as an artist, participant, audience member, donor, educator, etc.), and must not be an employee of Metro government (including Metro Nashville Public Schools) or any applicant organization. All panelists must declare real or perceived conflicts of interests in advance.

When Metro Arts assembles a review panel, we:

1.    seek to achieve diversity among panelists in age, race/cultural identity, council district residency, physical abilities, personal and professional interests, expertise, etc.;

2.    trust all panelists to honestly declare all applicant-related real or perceived conflicts as soon as they become aware that a conflict exists;

3.    expect all panelists to take the review process seriously and honor their commitment to serve as instructed;

4.    recruit panel members who truly care about the arts in our community, as non-artists or artists.

Please understand that not all recommendations will be used.

Thank you!

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. 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 and Opportunity NOW are seeking Community Arts Partners to provide project-based arts work experiences for young people ages 14-16 years old during Summer 2018. Teams of six to ten youth will be engaged in seven-week programs that will emphasize work readiness training, arts service learning (through visual arts, craft, media, music, theater, dance, folk, and/or literary arts) and will culminate in a final product.

Programs will represent a wide range of geographic locations throughout Davidson County and adhere to the Opportunity NOW program timeline and deliverables. Programs will accommodate six to ten youth ages 14-16. Partners may request funds up to $1,000 per youth for a $9,999 program maximum to cover costs such as:

  • Teaching artist fees 
  • Project management and personnel costs
  • Supplies necessary for project completion
  • Transportation (for off-site visits)

The program will begin on May 29, 2018 with four days of youth participant training led by Near Peer Coaches. Arts Work Experience projects will begin June 4, 2018 and will conclude on July 13, 2018. Partners will be responsible for implementing the following:

  • Develop and implement age-appropriate projects that accommodate six-to-ten youth participants ages 14-16
  • Create a Project Work Plan
  • Engage professional Artist Teacher(s)/Mentor(s) with proper credentials and experience to successfully facilitate youth arts programming
  • Provide supplies necessary to conduct project
  • Provide space for project site (June 4-July 13, 2018)  and pre-program training (May 29-June 1, 2018)
  • Provide transportation to and from project sites (only if different from centralized location)
  • Facilitate placement of youth into program: post job description on portal, review resumes, contact youth for orientation attendance, and conduct interviews (optional)
  • Host parent/youth orientation prior to program start date: collect all required documents and signatures regarding employee documentation, wage payment, parent participation release, medical needs, photo releases, etc.
  • Coordinate youth participant and Near Peer Coach timesheet completion and reporting
  • Provide supplies necessary to conduct programming
  • Conduct TBI Background Checks for organization personnel that will directly engage with Opportunity NOW youth
Deadline for Proposals: November 3, 2017. Contact Rebecca Kinslow at or 615-862-6737 with questions.