Since 2000, the Frist Center has partnered with local organizations to provide art educational programs to Nashville-area communities. This partnership begins by offering the Art Trunk Program to groups of all ages throughout Davidson County and features collaborations with trusted community institutions serving pre-school and after-school youth, English as a second language and adult basic education learners, families, and senior citizen groups.

As the outreach partnership develops, it is designed to enable our community partners to become ambassadors of the Frist Center. Ambassadors are entrusted to share the common goal of facilitating other unique programs that give community members the ability to see their world in inspiring ways through art. All partners are able to apply for a transportation subsidy to make it possible for them to visit the Frist Center and experience its historical building, exhibitions, and the many programs offered.

See our Annual Outreach Reports to learn more about the Frist Center’s education-based community engagement efforts. 
2012 Outreach Report 
2011 Outreach Report 

OUR Community Partners 

Welcome New 2013-2014 Sustaining Community Partners

Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee
Edmondson Pike Area Library
Goodlettsville Branch Library
Room in the Inn
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
YMCA Latino Achievers
Thompson Lane Branch Library
Cenntennial Arts Center Metro Parks and Recreation
Green Hills Branch Library
Oasis Center


Returning Core Partners:

Catholic Charities of Tennessee
Safe Haven Family Shelter
Bordeaux Branch Library
Easter Seals of Tennessee
New Vision, Inc.
Magdalene, Inc.
Fifty Forward, Donelson Station
Fifty Forward, J.L. Turner Center
Main Branch Library
Hadley Park Branch Library
Conexión Americas
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee
Progreso Community Center
East Park Community Center
Madison Branch Library
Project for Neighborhood Aftercare
Nashville Adult Literacy Council
Bellevue Branch Library
18 Avenue Family Enrichment Center
Inglewood Branch Library
St. Luke’s Community House
Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville
Nashville International Center for Empowerment
Martha O’Bryan Center
Donelson Branch Library
Salama Urban Ministries, Inc.
Hartman Regional Center Metro Parks and Recreation
McCabe Regional Center Metro Park and Recreation
Hadley Regional Center Metro Parks and Recreation
Shelby Community Center Metro Parks and Recreation
Watkins Park Community Center Metro Parks and Recreation
Kirkpatrick Community Center Metro Parks and Recreation
Old Hickory Community Center Metro Parks and Recreation
Hermitage Community Center Metro Parks and Recreation
Coleman Regional Center Metro Parks and Recreation
Bellevue Community Center Metro Parks and Recreation

Click here to see detailed listing of all of our Community PALS!

To Become a Community Partner: Criteria

  1. The partner organization should have a strong foundation of programs, staff, and financial support. Community partners should have longevity, stability, and be firmly rooted in Davidson County.
  2. Frist Center partner organizations will collectively represent the geographical, ethnic, cultural, and age diversity of Davidson County. In an effort to reach diverse communities, it is a priority to ultimately partner with organizations located within or serving all parts of Davidson County. The Frist Center also seeks to develop partnerships that reflect the ethnic, cultural, and age diversity of Nashville and Davidson County.
  3. Compatibility of institutional goals and objectives. Whether or not the partner organization has art programming in place, the Frist Center’s activities should be a natural fit for the organization’s mission and goal
  4. Available Transportation Visiting the Frist Center is essential to forming successful community partnerships.
  5. Complete Community Partner Application

Interested in becoming a Community Partner? Complete this application or contact Shaun Giles, Educator for Community Engagement, at 615.744.3254 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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