Nashville has seen an increase of 400,000 in its population in fourteen years, stressing existing infrastructure to its limits and pressuring existing neighborhoods and communities that provide so much of Nashville’s character. Newcomers recognize a collaborative spirit engendered by the city’s creative class, a group that historically has been known less for self-promotion and more for quiet mastery. How is Nashville’s growth affecting this community? What reflections, questions, and recommendations do they have for one another, for incoming creative professionals, and for Nashville’s decision-makers?
Please join the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy at Vanderbilt from 5 to 7 pm on January 24 for a panel discussion about Nashville’s creative community that will be held in the lecture hall of the Seigenthaler Center, 1207 18th Avenue South. Moderated by Vanderbilt sociology professor Dan Cornfield, author of Beyond the Beat: Musicians Building Community in Nashville, the panel will address “The Sustainability of Nashville’s Creative Community in the Face of Explosive Growth.” Other panelists include Joshua Black Wilkins, musician and photographer; Adriane Bond Harris, urban planner and senior adviser for affordable housing in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment; Bret and Meg MacFadyen, founders of Nashville’s IDEA Hatchery, with live drawing by artist Stephen Watkins.
“Transformations,” an exhibition inspired by Lily Clayton Hansen’s “Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations,” features work by Danielle Atkins, Andrea Behrends, Carolyn Boutwell, Brett Warren, Stephen Watkins, and Joshua Black Wilkins.
There will be a light reception beginning at 5:30 pm, and the event is free and open to the public.