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Community Arts Leaders of Nashville Internships

The application period for interns and host sites for this summer has ended.

Summer 2023 internships are currently in progress!

For the last several years, Metro Arts has been a national partner for Americans for the Arts' Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship Program (DIAL).  However, Americans for the Arts recently announced that they are pausing DIAL in 2023, so Metro Arts has shifted to create a locally-based internship program for this summer: Community Arts Leaders of Nashville!

For the summer of 2023, Metro Arts has awarded seven internships through the Community Arts Leaders of Nashville program! This program provides undergraduates at Tennessee colleges with 10 weeks of paid work experience at Nashville-based arts organizations, mentorship with arts professionals, and professional development experiences for undergraduate college students. Interns also participate in optional arts and culture experiences around Nashville.

Goals of this program:

  1. Provide undergraduate interns with direct work experience in the arts sector.

  2. Facilitate connection between arts administrators and professionals at different stages in their careers.

  3. Support the capacity of local arts organizations.

  4. Increase the visibility and connectivity of arts organizations and artists in Nashville.

Interns receive $7,500 to work 25 hours per week during the 10-week internship period. Interns also participate in 5 hours of one-on-one mentoring with an arts professional, 5 hours of professional development workshops, and optional arts and culture experiences around Nashville. 

Summer 2023 Application Guidelines

For questions about Community Arts Leaders of Nashville, contact Equity and Restorative Practices Specialist Marysa LaRowe.

Arts Programming for Court-Involved Youth 

(formerly Restorative Arts)

Arts Programming for Court-Involved Youth is a collaboration between Metro Arts, the Metro Nashville Davidson County Juvenile Court (JJC), and their Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) contracted provider to create an arts-integrated intervention system for court-involved youth that focuses on resiliency, positive youth development, and restoring empowered youth and families.

Under the leadership of Judge Sheila Calloway, JJC officials support court-involved youth to heal, grow and thrive by assessing each individual’s skills and needs and connecting them and their families to resources aimed at health and well-being. As there is growing evidence that long term, sustained arts learning and arts experiences have deep and lasting positive impact on children’s cognitive development, through this partnership, we are helping to facilitate artists to create programming inclusive of children and youth who have been involved with the justice system. Through these arts interactions, youth develop a growing capacity for emotional attachment, empathy, reasoning, decision-making, trust, self-identity, and self and community esteem.

Through quality programming that is trauma-informed and anchored in positive youth development practices, the program positions the arts as a part of restorative practice and creates a protective environment for court-involved youth to heal, grow and thrive. Introducing them to a wide variety of art forms (drumming, dance, theater, spoken word, visual art, etc.) not only unlocks their potential by teaching skills in perseverance, self-expression, empathy, community building, but also empowers the youth to make more positive choices.

Please note: FY23 is a reverification year for current arts programming providers. 

FY23 Guidelines: Arts Programming for Court-Involved Youth

FY23 Reverification Application: Arts Programming for Court-Involved Youth


Contact Equity and Restorative Practices Specialist Marysa LaRowe with questions about Arts Programming for Court-Involved Youth.

Youth Program News

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