Metro Arts Commission Appoints Daniel Phoenix Singh as Executive Director
After a nationwide search, the Metro Arts Commission has named Daniel Phoenix Singh, an international and multi-lingual performing artist and arts leader, as the next Executive Director. Singh is excited to serve Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts + Culture.
Most recently, Singh served on the board of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, an advocacy arm for Maryland State Arts Council. He worked on increasing funding for the arts, advancing equitable funding practices, and championing direct grants to artists through both state and county arts agencies. In July 2022, he completed a year-long training program with the Government Alliance for Racial Equity (GARE) on re-imagining municipal processes and systems through an equity lens.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Daniel Singh to the Athens of the South,” said Mayor John Cooper. “Nashville’s thriving visual and performing arts communities and diverse culture make us one of the most dynamic and interesting places in America to live. Daniel’s leadership at the helm of Metro Arts will be an exciting addition and help us continue to create a Nashville that works for everyone."
ABOUT METRO ARTS
Metro Nashville Arts Commission or “Metro Arts” is the office of Arts + Culture for Nashville and Davidson County. We believe that arts drive a more vibrant and equitable community. We strive to ensure that all Nashvillians have access to a creative life through community investments, artist and organizational training, public art and creative placemaking coordination and direct programs that involve residents in all forms of arts and culture.
METRO ARTS IS FUNDED IN PART BY
The arts are getting cut from state budgets across America. In Tennessee, we are fortunate to have an additional source of funding. The extra revenue we receive from specialty and personalized license plate sales has been key to funding the arts in Tennessee. More than 70% of the money used to fund the 800+ grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission last year was from the sale of these specialty license plates.