Metro Arts allocates grant funds to support works that inspire, uplift community

Posted at 7:04 PM, Apr 03, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Metro Nashville Arts Commission approved up to $50,000 in operational grant funds toward THRIVE awards that will support artists and communities in Nashville.

The THRIVE community arts funding program is designed to support artist projects that encourage cultural experiences and community investment. Because this year's THRIVE budget has already been distributed, Metro Arts is funding the extra round of projects by reallocating a portion of the non-Metro grant funding.

For this round of THRIVE projects, Metro Arts says they seek project proposals for artistic responses to current circumstances impacting communities due to the March 3 tornado and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Projects should adhere to current stay-at-home orders in Tennessee, social distancing rules and CDC disease prevention recommendations. Artists can apply for funds between $500 and $2,500.

Projects can include, but are not limited to, online or streaming creative content, remote curriculum or art classes, visual art, videos, interactive workshops, performances, arts-based activities and public art or public space activations that don't require human to human contact.

"THRIVE is a program that, for six year, has supported artist-driven projects in neighborhoods," said Metro Arts Executive Director Caroline Vincent. "Just in the last year, THRIVE funds supported more than 200 artists, and 4,250 Nashvillians participated in THRIVE-funded programs and projects. Now more than ever, we believe artists drive a more vibrant and equitable community and are most certainly part of our resilience, our recovery and our healing."

The extended THRIVE artist application is open now at the Metro Arts THRIVE website. Funds will be allocated on a rolling basis through June 15.