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Rejoice School of Ballet
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In its latest stage production, a multi-racial youth ballet company in Nashville has decided to tell the story of American slavery and racism.

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Nashville’s Fisk University has joined a national effort to double the number of minorities in leadership positions at art museums. Right now only 16 percent of those jobs are held by minorities.

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Odd as it may seem, Gallatin, Tennessee has good reason to embrace a new spray paint mural that features skateboarding. The artwork depicts the late local hero Ray Underhill — who became Tennessee’s first professional skater in the 1980s — and it could be the spark for more street art across the city.

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An abandoned concrete silo looms over The Nations neighborhood, eerie and empty. The historic Nashville landmark was nearly torn down. Instead, it’s becoming the centerpiece of the community’s redevelopment. 

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People who go to the opera, and many who don't, are probably familiar with the classics of the art form. Carmen. La Traviata. The Magic Flute.

But the Nashville Opera tries to get outside the mainstream at least once a year, and its latest foray is decidedly modern: a show that deals with unusual relationships in the 21st century. 

National Endowment for the Arts

In terms of federal funding for the arts, Nashville organizations have received far more than other Tennessee cities — including twice as much as Memphis — in the past three years.

That’s one of the insights from data provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which is celebrating its 50th year.

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North Nashville has long been a center of artistic expression — from the Fisk Jubilee Singers in the 1860s to vast murals, painted in recent years, that span buildings and blocks.

But organizers of the Jefferson Street Art Crawl are hoping to get more of the city paying attention to an often overlooked creative scene.

Choral Arts Link Nashville
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After several years of unsuccessful lobbying, Nashville’s arts organizations are celebrating a boost in Metro government funding. Every group that was approved for a grant will get more this year — with some increases of 50 percent, 100 percent, or even 300 percent.

TPAC group photo Nashville
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About 30 families recently went to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center for the first time. Just stepping into TPAC — soaring windows and balconies and full of dressed-up people — was almost excitement enough for sixth grader Blake Allen.

Carl Van Vechten Gallery
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Fisk University’s famed Alfred Stieglitz Collection has returned to Nashville. After two years hanging in the Crystal Bridges museum in Arkansas, the artwork will get an unveiling here on April 7.