Artober Nashville Celebration Provides Wide Range of Experiences

2013ARTOBER_logoHappily the calendar is turning once again to Artober Nashville. It is, to quote the folks at the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, “for every Nashvillian to experience the arts where they live, work and play and includes everything from visual and performing arts, to music, crafts, film, pop-ups, and more.”

In its third year, Artober Nashville has grown to be one of the largest celebrations of the arts in the South. The Arts will be everywhere with hundreds of events already planned: Metro and Fifth Third Bank are partnering with over 250 arts and cultural organizations and businesses to highlight the depth and breadth of arts activities with the Artober Nashville calendar of events. In just one month locals can experience stellar performances by eight dance companies and more than 20 theatre companies, according to organizers, as well as visual art and live music every single day of the week.

LOTG_Stacked_Box_8Artober Nashville is also a catalyst for artists, businesses, organizations and residents to participate in the arts in unique ways. This year the Stacked Box Community Mural Project will attempt to set a new world record for the largest cardboard box mural.  Cheekwood will present its More Love Pop-Up Gallery in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. 5th Avenue of the Arts will present a new visual arts event titled Across the Arts – A Pop Up Visual Arts Experience with an artfully curated evening of culinary, visual and performing arts. Cumberland Gallery and Sideshow Fringe are joining forces on Oct. 24 for in an evening event of visual art and site specific theatre. The first-ever Nashville Print Crawl will commence on Thursday (Oct. 3) with a city-wide letterpress scavenger hunt-meets-progressive dinner event.

Here are some ways to experience arts in the Music City during October:

Artober VIP Discount Card – Valued at over $350, the pass costs only $10 and provides special offers and discounts valid at participating organizations. Proceeds will benefit arts education.

Artober Nashville at Picnic in the Park – The Downtown Nashville Partnership and Metro Arts will be celebrating Artober Nashville at the weekly “Picnic in the Park” on Oct. 10, 17 and 24. Picnic in the Park is held during lunchtime on Thursdays at Church Street Park across from the Downtown Public Library. Click on the following links for details:

Oct 10: The Mables
Oct 17: Musical Performances by Vendors of The Contributor and Poverty & the Arts Collaborative Art Project
October 24: “Yearning to Breathe Free”  Dance Performance by Blue Moves and Readings from “Voices of Nashville,” a newly commissioned play by Tennessee Women’s Theater Project

Art of the Word Workshop Series – Metro Arts is sponsoring free, artist-led workshop at the Southeast Branch Library during October. Workshops will be offered in Bookmaking, Creative Writing, Calligraphy and Printmaking. Workshops are free and supplies are included. Pre-registration is required. Students will be invited to display their work in a virtual gallery exhibit. This workshop series is made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Nash-Up: Remixing Nashville’s Arts, Culture and Creative Future As a way to close out this amazing month Metro Arts is partnering with the Nashville Scene/Country Life Blog to host a day-long summit that will feature 3 different panels and a keynote who will help explore issues of Nashville past and emerging creative identity through discussion and dialogue. Register for this free event today.

Visit the Artober Nashville website for a full list of events to join the celebration of Music City arts. One can also follow the the monthlong event on Facebook and Twitter.

*Logo and Stacked Box Community Mural Project photo by Jamie HernandezNossi College of Art courtesy Metro Arts Commission.

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