The Metro Nashville Arts Commission or Board of Commissioners is appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Metro Council. This 15-member board oversees Metro Arts' strategic work outlined in the charter.

For information about the Commission, please contact Grace Wright or visit our Commission page on for notices of public meetings, meeting agendas and meeting minutes. Sign up here for email notifications of Arts Commission meetings.

View the Bylaws of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.


  • Jim Schmidt, Chair

  • Matia Powell, Vice Chair

  • Will Cheek, Secretary

  • Jane Alvis

  • Ellen Angelico

  • Rev. Dexter Brewer

  • Sheri Nichols Bucy

  • Marianne Byrd

  • Clarence Ëdward

  • LaKishia Harris

  • Clay Haynes

  • Diana Perez

  • Paul Polycarpou

  • Campbell West


2021 Committee Roster


Grants and Funding Committee

Grants Process and Guidelines

  • Sheri Nichols Bucy, Chair

  • Marianne Byrd

  • Clay Haynes

  • Matia Powell          

  • Jim Schmidt (Ex-Officio)

Public Art Committee (PAC)

Public Art Guidelines and Community Investment Plan

  • Jane Alvis, Chair             

  • Campbell West          

  • Community/Non-Commission Members:

    • Omari Booker

    • Sara Lee Burd                                 

    • Shaun Giles

    • Donna Gilliam                                     

  • Jim Schmidt (Ex-Officio)​

Nominating Committee

  • Jane Alvis

  • Jim Schmidt (Ex-Officio)

Strategic Planning and Public Funding Committee 

  • Matia Powell, Chair

  • Jane Alvis 

  • Rev. Dexter Brewer   

  • Will Cheek

  • Clay Haynes          

  • Jim Schmidt (Ex-Officio)


Committee for Antiracism and Equity (CARE)

Equity Statement and CARE Guidelines

  • Ellen Angelico, Chair

  • Community/Non-Commission Members        

    • Teree McCormick, Co-Chair

    • Ellen Gilbert

    • Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

    • Megan Kelley 

    • Jon Royal​

    • Fathiyah Shepard-Suso 

    • LaKeisha Thomas 

    • Isabel Tipton-Krispin

  • Jim Schmidt (Ex-Officio)​