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POWER Youth Summer Employment Program 

(formerly Opportunity Now)

POWER Youth is a youth work initiative program of the Metropolitan Action Commission (MAC), a division of the Mayor’s Office. As part of its mission to strengthen the creative workforce and deepen artistic participation in Nashville, Metro Arts partners with MAC to provide project-based work experiences in the arts through the POWER Youth Summer Employment Program for young people ages 14-15 during the summer. For summer 2022, Metro Arts will facilitate experience work projects with with 8 partner organizations:


  • Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership, Arts Discovery Program

  • From the Heart International Education Foundation, Music in the Making: Code, Create and Perform

  • Global Education Center, We Are All Related - A Musical Theater Creation

  • King's Daughters Child Development Center, KDCDC Arts Enrichment Program

  • Moves and Grooves, Inc., ARTrepreneuer Project 

  • Notes for Notes, Inc., Into the Mix: Journey of a Song

  • Prado Studio, Creative Placemaking Apprenticeship & Mosaic Mural Creation

  • Southern Word, Creating Cultural Centers Through Words and Music

  • Turnip Green Creative Reuse, TGCR Sustainability & Arts Youth Program

2022 POWER Youth Partner Funding Guidelines

For questions about POWER Youth, please contact Equity and Restorative Practices Manager Natalie Alfaro Frazier.

Restorative Arts

The Restorative Arts program 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.

FY22 Restorative Arts Guidelines

FY22 Restorative Arts Provider Application

Contact Equity and Restorative Practices Manager Natalie Alfaro Frazier with questions about Restorative Arts.

Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) Internships


Metro Arts partners with Americans for the Arts (AFTA) to host DIAL, a summer professional development experience designed to promote cultural equity in the arts management field. The program seeks undergraduate college candidates from backgrounds historically  underrepresented in arts leadership. Interns are matched with local nonprofit arts organizations and engage in paid administrative projects that will support the organization and expand the skills and knowledge of the intern. 


Meet our 2021 DIAL Interns​

2021 DIAL Host Organizations

2021 DIAL Mentors

For questions about DIAL, contact Equity and Restorative Practices Manager Natalie Alfaro Frazier.


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