Congratulations to the six Watkins’ talents selected to participate in the first Learning Lab Artist Training Program, professional development designed to train artists in civic, public, social and placemaking practices. Alumnus Xavier Payne, faculty Ariel Lavery, Robin Paris and Tom Williams, Admissions staffer David Hellams, and adjunct/CE teaching artist Elizabeth Sanford are among the 25 Nashville-based artists in the program, which is designed to help deepen knowledge around community-based work and create capacity for neighborhood activation through the arts.
The series of lectures, individual assessment exercises, group activities and one-on-one coaching will take place between June and October 2016 and is presented by national art leader and artist Michael Rohd of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville, and local subject matter experts.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Learning Lab is a program of Metro Arts in partnership with the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. Metro Arts is also supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
The inaugural 2016 Learning Lab cohort:
Julia Whitney Brown
Lexander V. Bryant
Tinsley Anne Dempsey
David Hellams, admission recruitment officer
Robbie Lynn Hunsinger
Courtney Adair Johnson
Ariel Lavery, assistant professor, Department of Fine Art
Robin Paris, associate professor, Department of Photography
Xavier Payne, BFA in Graphic Design, 2013
Elizabeth Sanford, adjunct faculty, Department of Fine Art
Tom Williams, assistant professor of art history, Department of General Education