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

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  • Matia Powell, Chair

  • Ellen Angelico, Vice Chair

  • Rev. Dexter Brewer, Secretary

  • Darek Ball

  • Sheri Nichols Bucy

  • Marianne Byrd

  • Will Cheek

  • Clarence Ëdward

  • Janet Kurtz

  • Leah Dupree Love

  • Carol McCoy

  • Diana Perez

  • Paul Polycarpou

  • Jim Schmidt

  • Campbell West


2023 Committee Roster


Advocacy Committee

  • Will Cheek, Chair​

  • Jim Schmidt, Vice Chair​

  • Darek Ball

  • Rev. Dexter Brewer​

  • Marianne Byrd​

  • Janet Kurtz

  • Leah Dupree Love

  • Diana Perez​

  • Community Member​s

    • Bonnie J. Dow


Committee for Anti-Racism and Equity (CARE)

Equity Statement and CARE Guidelines

  • Ellen Angelico, Chair

  • Rev. Dexter Brewer, Vice Chair

  • Diana Perez

  • 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

Executive Committee

  • Matia Powell, Chair​

  • Ellen Angelico, Vice Chair​

  • Rev. Dexter Brewer, Secretary​

  • Campbell West

  • Jim Schmidt, Immediate Past Chair, ex-officio

  • Daniel Singh, Executive Director, ex-officio (non-voting)

Grants and Funding Committee

Grants Process and Guidelines

  • Sheri Nichols Bucy, Chair

  • Marianne Byrd, Vice Chair

  • Clarence Ëdward

  • Carol McCoy

  • Matia Powell, ex-officio

Nominating Committee

  • Jim Schmidt, Chair

  • Ellen Angelico, Vice Chair

  • Rev. Dexter Brewer

  • Matia Powell, ex-officio

Public Art Committee (PAC)

Public Art Guidelines and Community Investment Plan    

  • Campbell West, Chair

  • Paul Polycarpou, Vice Chair

  • Community/Non-Commission Members:​​

    • Sara Lee Burd

    • Lakesha M. Calvin                                

    • Shaun Giles

    • Donna Gilliam  

    • Stacey Irvin 

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