Metro Arts Commission
The Ayers Institute has partnered with the Metro Nashville Arts Commission in an effort to highlight the various pieces of public art throughout the city of Nashville. The goal of this partnership is to create high-quality, interdisciplinary, Common Core-aligned lesson plan units, and to provide professional development for area teachers to aid in the implementation of these units.
The Ayers Institute and the Metro Nashville Arts Commission are very excited to announce the 2014 Public Art Project Teacher Cadre:
- Rachel Amescua, Hillsboro High School
- Beth Baker, HG Hill Middle School
- Paul Beavers, Hillsboro High School
- Jessica Brown, Heritage Middle School
- Carrie Bryant, I.T. Creswell Magnet Arts Middle
- Alesha Harmon, Donelson Middle School
- Martha Profitt-Streuli, Hillsboro High School
- Kendra Shirey, Jere Baxter Middle School
- JoAnn Sebastian, Apollo Middle Prep
- Lisa Young, Robertson Academy
The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission has engaged two internationally-known artists, Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley, to create site-specific public art works for the newly revitalized Edmondson Park (overseen by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency). This project honors William Edmondson, a native of Davidson County, a self-taught sculptor, and the first African American artist to have a solo exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art (1937). Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley, like Edmondson, are self-taught artists.
The Metro Arts Teacher Cadre will work together in five meetings over the next few months to create two (middle school and high school) Common Core-aligned interdisciplinary units focused on a brand new art installation planned for the revitalized Edmondson Park in Nashville. Teachers will have the opportunity to plan with each other, representatives from Metro Arts and Lipscomb, and the artists themselves. At the conclusion of this endeavor, the Cadre will have created two in-depth, cross-curricular units that will be available to teachers locally, and across the state. Additionally, the Cadre members will present these units at a professional development session this summer.
Edmondson Park rendering. Read more about the park construction here.