5th Avenue of the Arts launches A Summer of Art on 5th Avenue of the Arts in the center of Downtown Nashville, during an expanded First Saturday Art Crawl June 1, with extended summer hours from 4PM to 9PM.
One of the first major art events of the summer will showcase 5th Avenue of the Arts literally moving in new directions, starting with this historic block being converted into a 2-way thoroughfare. In addition, the new Streetscape between Church and Union will be unveiled featuring aesthetic and technological improvements; First Saturday Art Crawl will be expanded with more artistic experiences and more venues participating; and Mayor Karl Dean will be on hand to unveil the newly designed art block by turning on the street’s innovative one-of-a-kind draped lights (approximately 5:15PM)! Illuminating the street’s visionary influence, 5th Avenue of the Arts is moving forward in the 21st Century.
“Nashville already has a worldwide reputation for music, and this new arts district will bring greater attention to the abundance of talented, creative people in Nashville contributing to the arts well beyond just music,” Mayor Dean said. “I am thrilled how 5th Avenue is being transformed into a space unlike anything else in Nashville, and I am confident this district will become an important center for the growing arts community in our city.”
The transformation of the 5th Avenue of the Arts Streetscape is a welcomed update for 5th Avenue North, and it is being designated as a visual arts destination for downtown Nashville. The streetscape will feature 16 new 30-foot light poles with a one-of-a-kind light canopy stretching across the street, enhancing nightlife for this artistic district. The sidewalks have been expanded to accommodate sidewalk dining, and the direction of the street is being converted to 2-way traffic to allow for better traffic flow and easier accessibility to the art galleries and culinary venues. 5th Avenue of the Arts will serve as a beacon for the business visitors at the new Music City Center, as well as Nashville residents.