Artober Nashville, a program of NowPlayingNashville.com at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is back with “Purpose” for the annual month-long celebration of the arts in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Held each October, the Artober Nashville celebration highlights the depth and variety of the arts community and its many public offerings while encouraging participation in the arts from residents and tourists alike.
“Purpose,” the name of a painting created by Nashville artist Beth Inglish, is this year’s official backdrop for Artober Nashville. The art is one part in a series of eight pieces of work she created in 2017.
“It was important for us to feature a local artist,” said Erin Holcomb, manager of NowPlayingNashville. “We want it to become an annual Artober Nashville tradition to showcase an artist from the Middle Tennessee region.” Holcomb said the vibrant colors and lines from Inglish’s piece played an integral role in the selection process of the piece. “This abstract piece is exactly what we envisioned,” she said. “It fit perfectly with the logo, and the name ‘Purpose’ resonated to help tell a beautiful story.”
“I named it Purpose because for me, the creative process of discovery is a lot like the emotional process of knowing,” said Inglish. “Purpose for me is found in the small moments, the daily interactions, and awareness’s that show me more of what I want and less of what I don’t want.”
Although NowPlayingNashville.com has been an organizer and presenter of Artober Nashville since its creation in 2011, last year marked the online arts and entertainment website’s first year operating the program and the first time the month-long program was open to the entire Middle Tennessee region. Visitors to the Artober Nashville page on NowPlayingNashville.com will find hundreds of arts and cultural events – many unique to the month of October – in every discipline, including visual and performing arts, music, festivals, family fun, crafts and film.
Here’s a sampling of some of the many events occuring during Artober Nashville: Poverty & the Arts Exhibit at Casa Azafrán Community Center; Tennessee State Museum Grand Opening; La Traviata at TPAC; International Black Film Festival at Watkins College of Art; Emmylou Harris: Songbird’s Flight Exhibit Opening at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival in Centennial Park; First Saturday Art Crawl on 5th Avenue of the Arts; Oktoberfest in Germantown; Southern Festival of Books at Legislative Plaza, Nashville Public Library; Tennessee Fall Craft Fair in Centennial Park; Boo at the Zoo at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere; Family Festival Day at
Frist Art Museum; El Dia de los Muertos at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens; Free Day of Music at Schermerhorn Symphony Center; MixTape at Zeitgeist; and the Belmont Camerata at Belmont Mansion. See their website for exact dates and times.
Artober Nashville is funded by NowPlayingingNashville of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Arts Commission. It was originally established in 2011 by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and operated by the commission through 2016. NowPlayingNashville.com, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is Middle Tennessee comprehensive event guide for Where to Go and What to Do, with information about music, theater, visual arts, sports, dance, museums, family fun, dining and more, with discount ticket offers. Since its launch in 2007, the website has collaborated with hundreds of community partners, providing comprehensive information to support arts and entertainment organizations and enrich the Middle Tennessee community. The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals.