Celebrating Arts & Humanities Month in Middle Tennessee


Artober Nashville, a program of NowPlayingNashville.com at The Community Foundation, is back with “Purpose” for the annual month-long celebration of the arts in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

Held each October, the Artober Nashville celebration highlights the depth and variety of the arts community and its many public offerings while encouraging participation in the arts from residents and tourists alike.

“Purpose,” the name of a painting created by Nashville artist Beth Inglish, is this year’s official backdrop for Artober Nashville. The art is one part in a series of eight pieces of work created in 2017.

“It was important for us to feature a local artist,” said Erin Holcomb, manager of NowPlayingNashville. “We want it to become an annual Artober Nashville tradition to showcase an artist from the Middle Tennessee region.”

Holcomb said the vibrant colors and lines from Inglish’s piece played an integral role in the selection process. “This abstract artwork is exactly what we envisioned,” she said. “It fit perfectly with the logo, and the name ‘Purpose’ resonated to help tell a beautiful story.”

For a deeper dive into Inglish’s artistic process and the inspiration behind her painting, read more on the NowPlayingNashville blog.

Beth Inglish on NowPlayingNashville.com

Although NowPlayingNashville.com has been an organizer and presenter of Artober Nashville since its creation in 2011, last year marked the online arts and entertainment website’s first year operating the program and the first time the month-long program was open to the entire Middle Tennessee region.

Visitors to the Artober Nashville page on NowPlayingNashville.com will find hundreds of arts and cultural events – many unique to the month of October – in every discipline, including visual and performing arts, music, festivals, family fun, crafts and film.

Sampling of Events during Artober Nashville:

  • Oct. 4 – Poverty & the Arts Exhibit at Casa Azafrán Community Center
  • Oct. 4 – Tennessee State Museum Grand Opening
  • Oct. 4-6 – La Traviata at TPAC
  • Oct. 4-7 – International Black Film Festival at Watkins College of Art
  • Oct. 5 – Emmylou Harris: Songbird’s Flight Exhibit Opening at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Oct. 6 – Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival in Centennial Park
  • Oct. 6 – First Saturday Art Crawl on 5th Avenue of the Arts
  • Oct. 11-14 – Oktoberfest in Germantown
  • Oct. 12-14 – Southern Festival of Books at Legislative Plaza, Nashville Public Library
  • Oct. 12-14 – Tennessee Fall Craft Fair in Centennial Park
  • Oct. 12-28 – Boo at the Zoo at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  • Oct. 21 – Family Festival Day at Frist Art Museum
  • Oct. 27 ­– El Dia de los Muertos at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
  • Oct. 27 – Free Day of Music at Schermerhorn Symphony Center
  • Now-Oct. 27 – MixTape at Zeitgeist
  • Oct. 29 – Belmont Camerata at Belmont Mansion

For more information or to add your event, visit ArtoberNashville.com.

Artober Nashville is funded by NowPlayingNashville of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Arts Commission. It was originally established in 2011 by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and operated by the commission through 2016.

About NowPlayingNashville.com
NowPlayingNashville.com, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is the region’s most comprehensive event guide for Where to Go and What to Do, with information about music, theater, visual arts, sports, dance, museums, family fun, dining and more, with discount ticket offers. Since its launch in 2007, the website has collaborated with hundreds of community partners, providing comprehensive information to support arts and entertainment organizations and enrich the Middle Tennessee community. For more information, visit www.NowPlayingNashville.com.