The AVHC strives to be a "living archive" - one that is as open as possible to community access. We are currently in the midst of a multi-year project to create an online catalog of our collection, so access to portions of our collection is limited until that catalog is complete.
While the online catalog is being completed, we continue to engage in focused community access events throughout the year. While we are not able to participate in all collaborations, we love to hear from you and we welcome your ideas!
We hold community archiving workshops, have an artist in residency program, and work with musicians, visual artists, and filmmakers wishing to incorporate archival materials into their work. If you have an idea for collaboration, contact our Audiovisual Archivist.
About the Artist in Residence Program
Nashville Metro Archives' Audiovisual Heritage Center (AVHC), in collaboration with Centennial Park Conservancy and the Parthenon, are pleased to announce the second annual Archives Artist in Residence (AIR) Program. This unique program explores the roles of artist and archivist and seeks to break down walls between archives and the communities they serve.
One artist in 2020 will be invited to incorporate historic audiovisual recordings at the AVHC in the creation of a new work to premiere at the Parthenon as partr of the Centennial Park Conservancy's ECHO chamber music series series. The artist will work with Metro archivists to choose endangered analog audiovisual materials for preservation, some of which have not been seen in decades. The artist will collaborate with composer Benjamin Chakoian Jones, who will create a live score to be performed by the Intersection Music ensemble. The artist and composer are encouraged to exchange ideas regarding the creation of the score. Other recorded sound elements or sounds related to the audiovisual material can be considered for inclusion in the performance as well.
The AIR Program encourages the creation of creative time-based media. Film and video pieces, light and sound installations, interactive pieces, and pieces incorporating live elements such as movement and dance are eligible for application. Artists are encouraged to consider place, community, history, regional culture, and/or the intersection of the analog and digital worlds in their piece. The new work will debut at the Parthenon on October 11, 2020. A copy of the work or documentation of the work will be deposited in the Nashville Metro Archives.
Who is Eligible to Apply/Requirements
The award is open to emerging and mid-career multimedia or performance artists 18 years old and older. Applicants must be currently practicing and show a record of exhibition or performance demonstrating their ability to carry out an artistic concept. Formal training in studio art is not required to apply. Applicants shoudl be based in Davidson County or show strong ties to the region.
The Artist is awarded a stipend of $1,200. The award is given in full to be used at the artist's discretion to support the purchase of supplies and/or living expenses while creating the work. The project also provides $800 in analog preservation of endangered materials in the Nashville Metro Archives Audiovisual Heritage Center collection. The use of the preservation funds will be determined by Nashville Metro Archives in collaboration with the artist and administered by Nashville Metro Archives.
Deadlines and Important Dates
About the Partner Institutions
Metro Archives and the Audiovisual Heritage Center (AVHC)
The Metropolitan Government Archives, a division of the Nashville Public Library, collects and preserves the historically valuable records of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, as well as other records of historical or documentary significance reflecting the history of our city. The Archives has ongoing programs to maintain and develop its collections, and welcomes researchers to come explore its treasures. The Archives has over 5 million records dating from the 1780s to the present.
About the Available Collection
Nashville Metro Archives contains over 5,000 analog audiovisual assets on film, audio tape, and video ranging from the 1920s to the early 2000s. The collection contains home movies, news footage, amateur works, Metro Nashville council meetings, historic radio programs, oral histories, and more.
The AVHC is engaged in a long-term project to catalog, preserve, and make the collection accessible. The majority of the collection is not preserved; much of the material is too fragile to play back unless it is being digitized.
Content includes but is not limited to:
Various Donor-Based Collections
Formats: 16mm film
Description: Advertisements, educational materials, historic sites (BNA, Centennial Park, etc.)
Tom Tichenor Collection
Formats: 16mm film
Description: Audio recordings of pyuppet shows (and sound effects tracks), film series of narrative costume films with live actors, film series of puppet show performances
Home Movie Footage
Formats: 16mm, 8mm, Super-8mm
Description: Travelogues, family celebrations, documentation of local events, street footage
Metro Archives Collection
Years: Mostly 1950s-1980s
Description: Educational films, metro council meetings, oral histories
ECHO Chamber Music Series:
ECHO is an engaging chamber music series that features new classical music composed and arranged for the unique reverb of the Parthenon Naos and performed in front of the 42 foot statue of Athena.
ABOUT THE PARTHENON
The PArthenon, owned and operated by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County's Parks and Recreation Department, is the city of Nashville's longest-lived art museum. Opened as a museum in 1931, its galleries are the home of the distinguished Cowan Collection of American art and feature several temporary exhibitions per year. The galleries are housed on the lower level of the Parthenon, the world's only full-scale replica of the fifth-century BCE temple in Athens, Greece. Beloved symbol of civic pride to Nashvillians since its original manifestation as the art building for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, it welcomes hundreds of thousands of Nashvillians and visitors to the city per year. The Parthenon is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 12:30-4:30 p.m. Admission to the Parthenon is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors 62 and over, and $4 for children 4-17. Children under 4 are admitted free. Admission includes access to all exhibitions and the Parthenon's upper level, graced by a colossal statue of the goddess Athena.
ABOUT CENTENNIAL PARK CONSERVANCY
Centennial Park Conservancy (CPC) is a for-purpose 501(c )(3) not-for-profit organization.
Although we are a separately chartered organization, CPC was organized with the cooperation of the Metro PArks and REcreation Department. CPC funds are presents a variety of enriching programs in the Parthenon and Centennial Park that make a widespread imprint on the Nashville community and our visitors. CPC's mission is to preserve, enhance, and share the Parthenon and Centennial Park so that all future generations may benefit from these enriching cultural and educational landmarks.
How To Apply
Overview of Application Materials
Applicants must submit the following three documents to apply.
Guidelines for writing your Application are listed under "Guidelines" below.
Please submit documents in Word.
Email your submission to Kelli.Hix@nashville.gov with the subject line: ARCHIVES ARTIST IN RESIDENCE APPLICATION 2020
Guidelines for the Letter of Intent
Guidelines for the Application
The application should contain the following subheadings and approximate word counts. Please title and number each subheading on your application.
Applications must be mailed to Kelli.Hix@nashville.gov with the subject line: ARCHIVES ARTIST IN RESIDENCE APPLICATION 2020
The staff of the Metro Archives and The Parthenon will choose the AIR based on the following criteria:
- Submission of all completyed application materials on time
- Eligibility of the applicant.
- The application demonstrates ability to communicate ideas clearly.
- The applicant demonstrates the ability to collaborate effectively.
- The artist shows a track record of exhibition which demonstrates a growing aesthetic or concept.
- The proposal considers place, community, archives, history, memory, and/or thge connection between analog and digital realms.
- The concept incorporates historic footage or audio from the Metro Archives Collection.
- The applicant is able and willing to work with a composer to create a musical element for the piece.
Nashville Public Library, Centennial Park Conservancy, and the Parthenon do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline, or any other employment practices because of non-merit factors shall be prohibited.
Questions can be sent to the AVHC Program Manager: Kelli Hix, Kelli.Hix@nashville.gov.
Funding for this project has been generously provided by the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Photo still from Time Out of Mind by Brian Siskind, our 2019 Artist in Residence.
Past Public Programs: