The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) has launched the second annual Artober Nashville celebration of arts and culture. New signature events and hundreds of performances and shows set throughout the month of October are in the spotlight.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean participated in a launch event at the studios of the Nashville Ballet on Friday, joined by Metro Arts Executive Director Jennifer Cole and Don Abel, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank-Tennessee, which is the presenting sponsor of Artober Nashville. The launch event included previews of upcoming performances of Sleeping Beauty by the ballet and Madame Butterfly from the Nashville Opera.
“I encourage Nashvillians to take advantage of this exciting month of arts and cultural events in the city,” Mayor Dean said. “Nashville is fortunate to be filled with creative artists, whether it’s the musical, visual or dramatic arts, and celebrations like Artober Nashville are an important part of our quality of life and what makes Nashville such a special place to live.”
Metro Arts has launched www.artobernashville.org. The new site features October’s full range of searchable events from music, theater and dance to visual arts, festivals, family events and film/video. It also includes a listing of free events, classes/workshops and literary/poetry readings.
To date, more than 300 events are listed on the Artober Nashville website for the celebration, including many free and family friendly events, according to Cole.
Artober Nashville, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s NowPlayingNashville.com online entertainment/events portal, is designed to inform and inspire the community’s awareness of and participation in an array of arts and cultural activities throughout Nashville. Artober Nashville was developed in recognition of the Americans for the Arts’ and the National Endowment for the Arts’ designation of October 2012 as National Arts and Humanities Month. The Tennessee Arts Commission is an Artober Nashville sponsor.
The month-long celebration is a collaboration with more than 130 participating community arts and cultural organizations and businesses throughout the Nashville area. Many of the Artober Nashville partners are offering special offers and discounts through the $10 Artober VIP Pass that is available online at www.artobernashville.org.
Throughout the month, discounts and special offers with a value of more than $300 will be available from several partners. Those partners include the Belcourt Theatre, Brick Factory Nashville, Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theater, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Circle Players, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Dance Theatre of Tennessee, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Full Circle Art, The Parthenon, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Opera, Picture This Creative Framing & Galley, The Skillery, Street Theater Company and the Tennessee State Museum, according to Metro Arts.
“Truly, arts will be everywhere in our city during the month of October,” Cole said. “With the benefit of year to plan, we are presenting a number of signature events to further brand the month as “Artober.” Our numerous partner organizations are joining us with significant productions and shows throughout the month.”
Cole noted that arts organizations are being encouraged to stage one-time “pop- up” performances around the city throughout the month.
“We hope that groups will find a great location for an impromptu performance, whether it’s a sidewalk monologue from a play or a school chorus group in a mall; this is a month for Nashville to show the world the great talent that lives and works here every day,” she said.
Joining the 2012 celebration is YELP, the website that connects people with local businesses, and sponsor of the month-long Artober YELP Check-In Challenge. It is a contest where people will have a chance to win prizes by accumulating points through YELP by checking in at various arts/cultural spots around town and participating in different events.
New Signature Events for Artober Nashville 2012
Donelson/Hermitage Neighborhood Kick-off (Sunday, Sept. 30): Residents of Donelson/Hermitage kick-off the month-long Artober Nashville celebration the dedication of “In Concert” a community mural created with over 250 residents. A series of events will celebrate neighborhood’s artistic heritage from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. No admission charge.
Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival (Saturday, Oct. 6) Centennial Park: Celebrate Nashville is an annual festival that honors the diversity of cultures that comprise the Nashville community. The Metro Arts Bazaar is a new to the festival this year and will feature local artisans and crafters selling unique, hand-crafted arts and crafts that represent Nashville’s diverse cultural landscape.
“Reflection” Public Art Dedication (Saturday, Oct. 13): In honor of Shelby Park’s 100th anniversary, artist Lawrence Argent’s Reflection artwork will be dedicated during the centennial celebration. Argent’s concept explores Shelby’s past, present and future through playful metaphors of reflection.
Nashville Sings (Saturday, Oct. 27) Cumberland Park amphitheater: Choral groups from Metro Nashville Public Schools will showcase their talent in this inaugural singing extravaganza, performing their favorite hits in true Glee Club fashion. Local community choral groups will also join in the festivities, including the Fisk University Jubilee Singers.
Nash-Up: Remixing Nashville’s Arts, Culture and Creative Future (Wednesday, Oct. 31) Frist Center for the Visual Arts: Nashville’s growing level of innovation in the creative arena is a force to be reckoned with. The Nashville Scene, Metro Arts, The Vanderbilt Curb Center and Fifth Third Bank present Nash-Up: Remixing Nashville’s Arts, Culture and Creative. Future, an event that brings together Nashville’s best minds and visionaries to explore what is unique about our creative ecosystem. Artist and Emmy Award-winning set designer (Pee-wee’s Playhouse) Wayne White, a Chattanooga native and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, is the keynote speaker.
Details and updates on the signature events are available on the Artober Nashville website under the Signature Events tab.
Fifth Third Fridays
Another new programming segment will be presenting sponsor Fifth Third Bank’s “Fifth Third Fridays” each Friday during October at banking center locations throughout the community or at its main office on the plaza at the Fifth Third Center, 424 Church St.
“We are very pleased to partner with Metro Arts during the month of October to provide opportunities to showcase the diversity of artistic expression through the community,” Abel said. “Our Fifth Third Fridays are going to be fun, entertaining and an opportunity to make sure that everyone has access to the great events associated with Artober Nashville.”
*Artober Nashville logo courtesy Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.