Metro Arts announce plans for ‘Artober Nashville’ 2013

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) announced plans for Artober Nashville 2013, including an attempt at setting a new world’s record for the largest cardboard-box mural and a pilot neighborhood-based arts education/engagement series, among the hundreds of events throughout the month of October.

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“Our goal is to connect Nashvillians to the arts; to make sure every citizen has the opportunity to experience the creativity that is thriving in our communities today. Artober Nashville is both a celebration to showcase our artistic diversity and an effort to make certain we all participate in some creative activity during the month of October,” said Jennifer Cole, executive director of Metro Arts.

Artober Nashville is held in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, designated by Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012, there were 936 Artober Nashville events presented by 246 community partners. Nearly 350,000 participants took part in the events across the city, making Artober Nashville one of the single largest celebrations of arts and culture in the South.

Fifth Third Bank returns as Artober Nashville’s presenting sponsor and and others. The most ambitious Artober Nashville event is set for Oct. 5-6 on the grounds of The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, when artist Miles Maillie and hundreds of volunteers put the finishing touches on a community-wide stacked-box mural project, consisting of more than 3,000 painted 18-inch cardboard boxes. The Community Box Mural Project is the centerpiece for “Fall Fest at The Hermitage,” and organizers hope to set a world’s record for the largest cardboard mosaic.

There is still time for anyone interested to participate and paint a box to be added to the sculpture for a $5 donation to The Hermitage. Boxes are available at The Hermitage’s gift shop or Picture This! Custom Framing and Gallery, 4674 Lebanon Pike in Hermitage. Festival attendees may also paint a box to be added to the mural project.

Currently, The Guinness World Records holder for the “Largest Cardboard Mosaic” measured 11,447.37 square feet and was achieved by emforce e.V. (Germany) in Verden, Lower Saxony, Germany, in September 2010.

As part of an effort for arts to flourish in every neighborhood, Metro Arts is offering the free “Art of the Word” workshop series at the Southeast Branch of the Nashville Public Library, 2325 Hickory Highlands Dr., in Antioch.

A new feature for 2013 is Mayor Karl Dean’s “Nashville’s Sky Through My Eye” contest to obtain the best photo of the Nashville skyline. The contest will be open to hobbyists and professional photographers, and photos must be taken and submitted between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31.

Metro Arts is partnering with the Nashville Downtown Partnership to provide live entertainment on Oct. 10, 17 and 24 for the weekly “Picnic in the Park,”  from noon to 1 p.m. at the Church Street Park, 600, Church St., across from the main Nashville Public Library. Weather permitting, the park is turned into a giant downtown café with chairs and tables throughout the park and local food trucks selling various types of food for lunch.

The Artober Nashville finale is the second “Nash-up: Remixing Nashville’s Arts, Culture and Creative Future,” scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the main Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St. Nash-Up 2013 kicks off with a panel on the relationship between art and technology, looking at how the two disciplines intersect and how local artists “leverage technology to expand their creative practice,” among other topics.

The afternoon sessions include an interactive mapping session where discussions will center on priority topics facing artists and the creative community. The second session, led by national planning consultant Robin Rather, will focus on art and the urban environment, examining opportunities for growth and neighborhood development that fuels artists and how the idea of creative placemaking is shaping the Nashville community. Panelists include filmmaker Molly Secours, Nashville Opera Chief Operating Officer Noah Spiegel, actress Jessika Malone and commercial developer Craige Hoover.

Returning again is the Artober VIP Discount Card, now available online at for $10. For the month, discounts and special offers will be available from the Belcourt Theatre, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Dance Theatre of Tennessee, classes at Fort Houston, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Opera, Nashville Symphony, Picture This Creative Framing & Gallery, Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Tennessee State Museum.