Nashville Mural Tour

The National Center on Arts Research just named Nashville the #2 market in the United States for Arts Vibrancy. When I read this, I began soul searching on what this actually means for the city, and found out about Nashville Next. NashvilleNext is a plan created by Nashvillians to guide how and where we grow in the coming 25 years. How we grow—this resonated with me. The hot button topics of affordable housing and transportation expansion have been prioritized in Nashville, but now developers and city planners are actually including culture and the arts in their bottom line.

Public art makes a place inviting, it attracts pedestrians, shoppers, and lingerers, bringing income into the city and giving a boost to area businesses and creative industries. It inspires community engagement. It defines a neighborhood, and can even redefine it. Metro Arts Commission recently issued a report imagining Nashville as “a collection of clearly defined neighborhoods, each with its own cultural identity illuminated by public art, informal gathering places, thriving small businesses, and frequent cultural events and festivities.”