THRIVE is a micro-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: Application may be saved and edited. Staff will not
be able to read you applications until submitted. Staff can re-open
applications for editing.
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Applicants must read the FY18 Funding Guidelines
before submitting an application for a project.
In-person, phone or webinar consultation with
Completed Online Application
Artist resume or curriculum vitae demonstrating artistic
experience of at least two years of exhibition, performance or professional
Artwork or artistic samples
Two letters of recommendation
Completed budget form
Completed Metro Arts Vendor Form
*This form requires a social security number or federal tax identification
number issued by the Internal Revenue Service.
If requesting funds in the category of Public
Arts, a completed Public Artwork Information Form. (url link)
Community Art Sharing and Celebration
($3,000): A Community Art Sharing and Celebration project will support artist
fees for projects that strategically shape the physical, social character and
celebrate 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 Co-design & Collaboration
($4,000): A Community Co-design & Collaboration project will focus on
collaboration with the community by actively engaging participants 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
Public Art ($8000): Public Art is a new
category introduced to THRIVE in fiscal year FY18. This category supports the
creation of temporary and permanent public artworks in a public space. 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 community is
required to participate in the physical creation and/ or design of the artwork
in this category. This funding category requires the approval of the Metro Art
Commission’s Public Art Committee in addition to the Metro Art Commission.
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
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