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Nashville to Expand its Arts Scene

Posted: Nov. 20th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

A slowly growing visual art scene has been clawing its way out onto the center stage of the city of music, currently holding monthly “Art Crawls” through the galleries. But soon it will burst out with a new $1.4 million makeover to Nashville's 5th Avenue, transforming it into a gorgeous street for the arts.

The art crawl was a hit and now attracts over 1,000 visitors a month -- a strong mix of Nashville residents, tourists and hotel guests. The street was rebranded Fifth Avenue of the Arts, and gallery tenants in the district grew from a handful to a peak of 19 galleries.

Now Fifth Avenue of the Arts is in the midst of a dramatic $1.4 million makeover, one that Rymer and his colleagues in the visual arts scene believe will catapult Nashville locally and nationally.

“We made the street come alive. We made it a magnet for the local arts scene,” Rymer says. “Now the city has stepped up to upgrade the infrastructure for what we’ve created. It’s the next level for visual arts in all of Nashville.”


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