A word that comes quickly to mind when viewing the incredible artistic showcase of OZ Nashville is passion. The Ozgener family’s passion for this community and the arts infuses every part of the impressive complex that sits next to John C. Tune Airport. “It is our family’s gift to the city of Nashville,” says Founder Cano Ozgener, and what a gift he, his son Tim – who serves as the nonprofit’s chief executive officer – and their family have given us: The former CAO Cigars warehouse has been transformed into a sparkling contemporary center for theater, dance, music, design, visual arts and more.
Artistic Director Lauren Snelling, who comes to Nashville after working at the Park Avenue Armory in New York and the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia, oversees performance programming. OZ’s inaugural season of performances will be announced during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and launch party on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Among the featured guests will be Mayor Karl Dean, Patterson Sims, a New York-based independent art curator formerly with MoMA and the Whitney Museum, and singer-songwriter Karen Elson.
ArtsNash knows details about the mind-blowing lineup of world-renowned artists that begin visiting OZ in February, but our lips are sealed until after that very grand opening. Visit OZNashville.com for more information, and like their Facebook pages here and here as well as following them on Twitter and on Instagram, to stay connected with this home for “Brave New Art” as they move forward.
– Evans Donnell