Our Purpose

We are an independent, nonprofit advocacy group created to identify, unite and promote arts, culture, and heritage throughout Rutherford County, Tennessee. Founded as a 501(c)(3) in late 2018, our mission is to:

  • Advocate for all aspects of our cultural community

  • Promote Rutherford County as a cultural and heritage community and destination

  • Communicate the social and economic impact of the arts

  • Create opportunities for networking, collaboration, education, and economic success

  • Define current arts gaps and create a united front to address these gaps

As our tagline states, our purpose is “connecting creatives and community.” We advocate a cooperative, not competitive, approach. Partnering with existing arts organizations, individuals, and other groups—representing government, education, business, wellness, and more—is foundational to our mission and our future success.

Why now?

Our launch hinges on the fact that arts in Rutherford County have reached a critical mass. In 2017:

  • An Americans for the Arts study showed that the arts in Rutherford County generate $31.2 million in annual economic activity—and that was a conservative estimate.

  • The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin area ranked fourth nationally in arts vibrancy in large communities, according to the SMU National Center for Arts Research.

The time is right to leverage our collective strength and take the arts to the next level here in Rutherford County. For more about the studies mentioned above and examples of our growing arts scene, see our Resources page.

Learn more about our story and meet our leadership.