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 email us at 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.


  • Matia Powell, Chair

  • Ellen Angelico, Vice Chair

  • Rev. Dexter Brewer, Secretary

  • Jane Alvis

  • Sheri Nichols Bucy

  • Marianne Byrd

  • Will Cheek

  • Clarence Ëdward

  • Clay Haynes

  • Diana Perez

  • Paul Polycarpou

  • Jim Schmidt

  • Campbell West


2022 Committee Roster


Grants and Funding Committee

Grants Process and Guidelines

  • Sheri Nichols Bucy, Chair

  • Marianne Byrd

  • Clay Haynes

  • Matia Powell (Ex-Officio)

Public Art Committee (PAC)

Public Art Guidelines and Community Investment Plan    

  • Jane Alvis, Chair

  • Campbell West

  • Community/Non-Commission Members:

    • Sara Lee Burd                                 

    • Shaun Giles

    • Donna Gilliam                                     

  • Matia Powell (Ex-Officio)​

Nominating Committee

  • Jim Schmidt, Chair

  • Ellen Angelico

  • Rev. Dexter Brewer

  • Matia Powell (Ex-Officio)

Strategic Planning and Public Funding Committee 

  • Matia Powell, Chair

  • Clay Haynes

  • Rev. Dexter Brewer   

  • Will Cheek   


Committee for Anti-Racism 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

    • M Kelley 

    • Jon Royal​

    • Fathiyah Shepard-Suso 

    • LaKeisha Thomas

    • Isabel Tipton-Krispin

  • Matia Powell (Ex-Officio)​