Metro Arts has new look as it celebrates 40 years with projects and events

Mayor Megan Barry and the Metro Arts Commission announced a yearlong series of projects, events and activities to celebrate the agency’s 40th anniversary year.

Additionally, a new visual brand for the agency was unveiled that also includes a new official tag, “Nashville’s Office of Arts + Culture” — a nod to the broader role Metro Arts has in community partnership coordination, inter-departmental arts integration, and national cultural policy innovation.

DVL Seigenthaler, a local leading brand identity firm, worked with the Arts Commission for six months to design a logo that best showcases “lifting up the cultural stories and narratives of all Nashvillians through art.”

“The arts are vital to Nashville and our city identity.  In our 40-year history, our city and our role in its cultural landscape have changed. It was time to update our visual mark to reflect how our work reflects the city’s overall cultural openness and vibrancy,” said Metro Arts Chairman Clay Haynes.

The Metro Nashville Arts Commission or “Metro Arts” was created by ordinance in December 1978 during Mayor Richard Fulton’s administration.

In addition to the new brand, Metro Arts will celebrate its anniversary through targeted events, a social media campaign and an #OurArtsNash photo contest. Details and dates for the photo contest and program activities will be announced via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Mayor Barry and Metro Arts also announced the “40 for 40” project, a pilot program to acquire two-dimensional art works in a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylic, oil, textile and mixed media created by local artists for public spaces in Metro buildings. The pilot will start in the  historic Courthouse and the Metro Office Building.  Twenty-nine artists were selected in the first round from an open pubic call for artists living in Davidson County.

Metro Arts staff will complete studio visits throughout the winter and will select and install at least 40 new works by summer 2018 in the Metro Courthouse and Metro Office Building. These works will join 50 other pieces that form the city’s “One Percent for Art” public collection.

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