by Rebecca Berrios, Director of Community Engagement, Metro Nashville Arts Commission
Five years ago, Metro Arts brought together leaders, elected officials, and the arts community with a vision of showcasing our city’s cultural vibrancy in a unique way, emphasizing that the arts are everywhere and for everyone. As a result, the first Artober Nashville was launched in October 2011 (which is also National Arts & Humanities Month) as a moment to celebrate the ways the arts tell our collective story as a community and to highlight opportunities where Nashvillians could experience the arts where they live, work and play.
During Artober Nashville 2016, the collective movement behind this celebration united hundreds of local arts organizations and individual artists to collaborate and create, and to lift one another up with the knowledge that Nashville is stronger when all people have a sense of belonging.
By taking part in Artober Nashville this year, it is our hope that you experienced that which sets our city apart – the creative pulse that connects us all and makes it possible to enjoy the arts not just in our world-class galleries, studios, and music venues, but also in libraries, community centers and street corners across the county.
Check out this Storify post highlighting some of the month’s great moments and be sure to share with us your favorite moments on Twitter, Facebook or by using the hashtag #ArtoberNashville on Instagram.
Although October has come to a close, our cultural vibrancy continues to resonate and inspire Nashvillians year-round.
An excerpt from an original piece presented at this year’s ArtCamp Nashville by the 2016 Nashville Youth Poet Laureate, Cassidy Martin, brilliantly captures the spirit of Artober Nashville:
Make bold lines, turn up the bass, lift your voice
Until you are riding the sky
Until you are swimming with clouds as children watch from the ground
As they wait
To give them wings