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Metro Arts to Open Expanded Lending Library Collection

By meerna Jul11,2024
Metro Arts to Open Expanded Lending Library Collection

NASHVILLE, TN — The Metro Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) plans to celebrate the Lending Library Collection with the opening of fifty-three new works of art in the Mezzanine Gallery at the Nashville Public Library (NPL) Main Branch on July 18 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Lending Library, a partnership between Metro Arts and NPL, was created in 2020 to provide direct, immediate financial support to local artists and create a new way for the Nashville community to access these artists and their work. Metro Arts began the initiative as a direct response to Nashville artists coping with the aftermath of the March 3, 2020 tornado and the outbreak of COVID-19. Metro Arts purchased sixty works of visual art from local artists and launched Lending Library, a program that allows Nashville library cardholders to browse and borrow art in three-month blocks in 2021. Of the artworks purchased, thirty were located at the Madison Branch Library and thirty were located at the Southeast Branch Library.

Hundreds of library patrons have checked out these works since the collection launched in 2021, and many have a waiting list each quarter. At any given time, most of Lending Library’s works hang in patrons’ homes rather than on a library wall.

This year, Metro Arts is expanding its lending library, providing continued direct support to local artists and making professional artwork available to a wider audience.

The Commission purchased 53 new works of art from Davidson County artists to be distributed to five additional NPL locations: Donelson, Green Hills, Old Hickory, Hermitage and East. Interim Executive Director of Metro Arts Dr. Paulette Coleman said of the expansion, “The tremendous success of the Lending Library is a testament to the desire of Nashville residents to experience art in the many places where they live and work. We are thrilled that this program will reach even more people in our community by expanding the collection to five new locations because all Nashville residents deserve access to a vibrant creative life.”

The new works will be available to library patrons at the Mezzanine Gallery of the Main Branch, located at 615 Church St., from July 11 to August 16. The public is invited to the opening of the Lending Library Collection on July 18.

This project is funded by the Metro Nashville Percent for Public Art Fund, established in 2000 under the leadership of Mayor Bill Purcell. The fund allocates one percent of the funds in the Metro Capital Improvements Budget to specific projects for commissioning works of art in the Metro Public Art Collection.

For more information about Metro Nashville’s public art collection, visit

By meerna

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