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A Critical Mass of Visual Art Now Part of Music City Downtown by Anne Brown, The Arts Company
he First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown has turned out to be a good gauge of Nashville’s visual arts identity. In fact, art has become more visible through the increasing cooperation of arts partners and businesses downtown. The increase in activity has been typically judged by how many galleries are open in the one block between Church and Union, along what has become known as 5th Avenue of the Arts. Now, though, the creative collaboration is showcased on a broader landscape, with 5th Avenue North and South coming together during the Art Crawl with participants such as the Country Music Hall of Fame & Hatch Show Print, the Music City Center, and Art at the Music City Marketplace at the Arena, among others—collectively offering three new art stops to the event. With this added excitement, Gray Line has recently become a partner, offering the free Art Crawl Downtown Trolley. Currently, the exponential interest and growth in the downtown marketplace for art has triggered yet more changes. With art businesses, art venues, and institutions working together, the presence of visual art downtown has taken even more new turns. One of the most impressive forward movements has been the Music City Center and its participation in the Art Crawl. This $600-million venue offers previews of their $2 million permanent collection of mostly Tennessee contemporary art with a video documenting their “Unconventional Gallery” and invites guests to sign up for docent tours of the collection scheduled throughout the month.
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Whoever thought there would be such a critical mass of visual art activity in Downtown Nashville? Think again. In addition to the Frist Center and the Tennessee State Museum, there are now art venues and enterprises everywhere—on First Saturdays and every day. Take advantage of it for yourself, your friends, and your guests. Check the Nashville Downtown Par tner ship website, www.DowntownNashville.com for a map showing parking and how to navigate the Art Crawl every month.
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