From the Director


The vision of the Frist Center is to inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. Presenting art from all cultures and time periods only begins the exchange, for it is undeniable that learning is a two-way street. As we design educational programs and community outreach activities, the diverse ways of seeing provided by our partners and colleagues remind us to keep ourselves receptive to the wonders of fresh perspectives.

Motivated by the dynamic and multisensory appeal of the exhibition Nick Cave: Feat., Frist educators worked with regional teaching artists, the general public, and program partners Empower TN, Tennessee Disability Coalition, and VSA Tennessee: The State Organization on Arts and Disability to create works of art that will be accessible through the five senses when they go on view in the Conte Community Arts Gallery exhibition Extrasensory, which will open on October 13. These collaborations have given us additional insights on appreciating and understanding art and the creative process in visceral ways we may not have considered previously.

Since opening in 2001, the Frist has partnered hundreds of organizations and entities, not only to leverage our resources and those of our partner institutions but also to broaden our worldview. Social, service, and cultural organizations have much to offer all of us as citizens of a city that prides itself on welcoming the stranger and helping others. Nashville is a community defined by its collaborative spirit and magnanimity. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues in libraries, schools, and civic, social, cultural, and government agencies for their generous support as we strive to achieve our vision and make Nashville a great place to live.

When you visit the Frist, indulge in an extrasensory experience. We hope it will inspire you in unexpected ways.


Susan H. Edwards, PhD
Executive Director and CEO


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