Jefferson Street Art Crawl: A Gateway to Heritage

Jeff  St Art Crawl imageYou are invited to help celebrate the first ever Jefferson Street Art Crawl. It will be held on Saturday, June 25th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. The Jefferson Street Art Crawl (JSAC) will be a monthly event every 4th Saturday of the month to showcase the Jefferson Street and North Nashville artistic communities. It is hosted by a collective of businesses in the area which include, but are not limited to: The Garden Brunch Café, Woodcuts Gallery and Framing, The Art History Class Lifestyle Lounge and Gallery, and One Drop Ink Tattoo Parlour and Gallery.

This monthly event is designed to highlight the brilliant culture of visual, performing, and non-traditional artistic practices of this area. Jefferson Street, which became the commercial center of this traditionally Black section of Nashville (also referred to as Black Athens of the South for the number of colleges and universities established for Blacks in the area), is still rich with history, commerce, and of course ART.

If you wish to take the shuttle, it will make its first rotation starting at 6pm at the Garden Brunch Café, 924 Jefferson St. 37208. To maneuver the art crawl there are biking options, you can travel on the free shuttle, or you can walk the breadth of the art crawl and enjoy the atmosphere of this richly historic area of Nashville. The shuttle will rotate every 15 minutes until 9 pm. Bicycles can be rented from Green Fleet Bicycle Shop at 934 Jefferson St. for $10 or nearby B-Cycle stations (5th & Monroe in Germantown or the Farmers Market).

Furthermore, businesses on and around Jefferson Street are encouraged to extend their normal business hours to be places for art crawl participants to patronize between stops. Garden Brunch Café is at 924 Jefferson Street, Woodcuts Gallery and Framing is at 1613 Jefferson Street, The Art History Class Lifestyle Lounge and Gallery is at 1305 Jefferson Street, and One Drop Ink Tattoo Parlour and Gallery is at 1106 Ed Temple Blvd., about two blocks north of Alkebu-Lan Images Bookstore.

The mission of JSAC is to provide a platform for the artists in the North Nashville area by which they can promote their work, grow their audience, maintain a consistent connection with their fellow North Nashville artisans. The extended mission of the collective is to preserve the identity of the area, as well as the culture of the institutions that built the historic value for which the community is known.

It is fitting that the inaugural Jefferson Street Art Crawl be held in June. June is of course internationally recognized as African American Music Appreciation Month (formerly known as Black Music Month). It is also the month during which Juneteenth is celebrated.

Visit Woodcuts Friday night before the crawl for an Art Talk with Ludie Amos, hosted by Paul Polycarpou/Editor and CEO of Nashville Arts Magazine at 6 pm, June 24.

Come experience the magic that is Jefferson Street!

For more information, please contact Joseph at: jsactn@gmail.com