Ends on March 5, 2019

THRIVE is a funding program designed to build, strengthen, and cultivate communities in Nashville and Davidson County by supporting artist led projects that encourage artistic and cultural experiences, community investment, and neighborhood transformation.

Note: Applications may be saved and edited. Staff will not be able to read your applications until submitted. Staff can re-open applications for editing. If you would like for staff to review an edited application for funding, it is the applicant's responsibility to email lauren.fitzgerald@nashville.gov to make this request known.

Questions or requests for accommodations? Please contact lauren.fitzgerald@nashville.gov. 

Applicants must read the FY19 Funding Guidelines before submitting an application for a project. 

   DEADLINES
•             Friday, June 1, 2018

•             Friday August 31, 2018

•             Friday November 30, 2018

•             Friday March 1, 2019

THRIVE Proposal Application Requirements:

·         In-person, phone, or webinar consultation with staff

·         Completed Online Application

Required Attachments

·         Artist resume or curriculum vitae demonstrating artistic experience of at least two years of exhibition, performance or professional history.

·         Artwork or artistic samples

·         Two Letters of recommendation: One letter must be from a community partner in support of  your project. Letters should not come from individuals proposing to be paid from the THRIVE funds.

·         If requesting funds in the category of Public Art and Placemaking, a completed Public Artwork Information Form is also required.

Funding Categories

•                     Community Art Sharing and Celebration ($3,000): A Community Art Sharing and Celebration project intentionally shapes the physical and social character and celebrates our Nashville neighborhoods through the sharing of an artistic practice. In this category, the community informs the artist’s vision for the work. A competitive application will include an intention of social impact beyond a traditional audience experience.    

•                     Community Art Co-Design & Co-Creation ($5,000): A Community Co-Design & Co-Creation project actively engages the community in the art-making process. These projects must involve a strong, committed partnership between the artist and a specific group, organization or neighborhood. The needs of the partner and the community should determine the vision for the artwork. The artwork should be largely process-based. In this funding category, the public is required to participate in the physical creation and/or design of the artwork.    

•                     Public Art and Placemaking ($9,500):  A Public Art and Placemaking project creates temporary, publicly accessible artworks in a public space. A successful application should demonstrate a community need or evidence the artist is engaged with a partner, a community or communities. It should also include a feasible timeline of community co-creation or engagement, installation, removal of the artwork and/or long-term maintenance plan. Projects in this category may have artistic elements that exist beyond the initial installation or performance. A competitive application in this category will exhibit an intention of social impact beyond a traditional audience experience and/or show strong committed partnerships between the artist and a specific group, organization, or neighborhood. The needs of the partner and the community should determine the vision of the artwork. The artwork should be largely process based and the artist is required to involve the community in a co-creation and/or co-design process. This funding category requires the approval of the Metro Arts Public Art Committee in addition to the Metro Arts Commission.

Eligibility

•                     Individual artists, businesses and organizations that reside or conduct programming in Davidson County are eligible to apply. Individuals requesting or receiving funds must be at least 18 years of age. 

•                     Organizations that receive funding from any grant administered by Metro Arts in the same fiscal year are not eligible to apply for THRIVE funds.

•                     Applicants (and immediate family members) cannot serve as a member of the Metro Arts Board of Commissioners, nor can they be employed by the Metro Nashville Davidson County Government or Metro Nashville Public Schools.

•                     For the purposes of the THRIVE program, artists are defined as individuals who practice in the unique creation and public display or performance of visual arts, craft, sound and performance art, film and television (including production), theatre, dance, music or literary arts and can demonstrate at least two years of exhibition, performance or professional history.