Every year during the month of October Metro Arts celebrates Artober Nashville – a way to showcase the city’s cultural vibrancy, while emphasizing that the arts are everywhere and for everyone.
Coinciding with National Arts & Humanities Month, Nashvillians and visitors to the city can experience the arts where they live, work and play.
By accessing the calendar of arts and cultural events on ArtoberNashville.com, you can curate your own artistic experiences to explore various neighborhoods in new and exciting ways.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy the arts not just in the city’s world-class galleries, studios, and music venues but also in libraries, community centers and street corners across the county.
Here’s a chronological rundown of a few highlights from some of the amazing art events and activities you can enjoy this Artober:
October 5-9 – the International Black Film Festival… now in its 10th year. See a screening of “Get In The Way: The Journey of John Lewis” with a special red carpet event. This is the first documentary biography about Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights hero, respected legislator and elder statesman whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past fifty years. October 7, from 6:15pm -7:45pm at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
October 7-13 — Dyin By Tha Gun! an alternate view – a body of large scale paintings and sculptures by Nashville artist and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film alum Marlos E’van critiques gun culture and the effects it has on society. The exhibition is at WAG, a public exhibition space in the Arcade downtown.
October 14-16 – Humanities Tennessee hosts the 28th Annual Southern Festival of Books in downtown Nashville on Legislative and War Memorial Plazas and the Nashville Public Library downtown branch. More than 200 authors of various genres and backgrounds will convene for this free event, with panel discussions, presentations, Q&A sessions, and book signings. The Artober Nashville Performance Stage will host dance, spoken word, theater and poetry performances by local artists on Legislative Plaza.
October 15 – Join Nashville’s creative community at the third annual ArtCamp Nashville at Nossi College of Art, an all-day event of educational opportunities and a source for creative inspiration. Nashville artists, creators and makers will present sessions about fostering community, sustaining careers and hand-on workshops. Highlights include a session by Thaxton Waters titled “If These Neighborhood Walls Could Talk” from 11:15am -12:00 Noon in Studio B; and a panel discussion with local street artists that will examine street art culture historically while envisioning a future, presented by Lauren Fitzgerald, 3:30pm – 4:15pm in Studio B. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door; find out more at: artcampnashville.com
October 22 – The monthly Jefferson Street Art Crawl returns, highlighting artists and creative businesses in North Nashville. The Crawl serves as a platform for artists in the area to promote their work, grow their audience, and preserve the important legacy that the arts and culture have had in this historic neighborhood.