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Celebrate Arts & Humanities Month Online lists hundreds of Middle Tennessee cultural events online and in-person, Sept. 28 - Oct. 31.

Artober Nashville, a program of NowPlayingNashville at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is emphasizing both in-person and virtual experiences in a big way this fall.

Held from Sept. 28-Oct. 31, the annual month-long celebration of the arts in Nashville and Middle Tennessee will highlight the depth and variety of the arts community and its many public offerings while encouraging participation in the arts virtually from residents and tourists alike.

Visitors to will find hundreds of arts and cultural events both online and in-person — many unique to the month of October — in every discipline, including visual and performing arts, music, history, language and film.

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New this year:

  • Artober Learning Labs featuring activities for Metro Nashville Public School students, home-schoolers and children at home
  • Artober Talks featuring discussions and panels about current issues in the arts including diversity, gender and funding
  • ArtoberTV featuring events and ways to participate

Nashville-area cultural highlights:

Cheekwood Harvest with Chihuly Nights at Cheekwood (Sept. 19-Nov. 1)
(Virtual) Nashville Film Festival (Oct. 1-7)
(Virtual) Oktoberfest (Oct. 10)
(Virtual) Southern Festival of Books (Oct. 9-11)
(Virtual) International Black Film Festival (Sept. 30-Oct. 4)
Goblins & Giggles at Gaylord Opryland (Sept. 11-Oct. 31)
(Virtual) CMT Music Awards (Oct. 21)
(Virtual) Tin Pan South (Oct. 20-24)
(Virtual) Music City Bandwidth (Sept. 14-Oct. 31)
(Virtual) Tennessee Craft Fair (Oct. 9-11)
Boo at the Zoo at the Nashville Zoo (Oct. 15-31)
Fall Family Fun Festival at Lucky Ladd Farms (Sept. 19-Nov. 1)
(Virtual) Opera Jukebox (Oct. 24)

Artober Learning Labs include segments airing live on Artober Nashville and NowPlayingNashville’s Facebook, as well as YouTube at 10:15 am each Tuesday and Thursday.

Content will be geared toward elementary, middle, and high school age groups and will feature special content from Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Frist Art Museum, Nashville Public Library, OZ Arts Nashville, Southern Word and Studio NPL, Tennessee Craft, Tennessee State Library & Archives, Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee State University.

Other offerings:

  • Learn songwriting with The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Learn about Voting Rights from Frist Art Museum, Nashville Public Library, and the Tennessee State Museum
  • Have story time with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
  • Learn about poetry and spoken word from Southern Word and Studio NPL
  • View digital-collection highlight that features an African American student at Fisk University in the 1920s memorializing his experience through a scrapbook

“With limited in-person events, we aim to still bring Artober Nashville content to homes through virtual programs,” said Erin Holcomb, NowPlayingNashville manager.

“Artober TV, Learning Labs and Talks were created to shed light on arts and humanities offerings in the entire Middle Tennessee area,” Holcomb continued. “While 2020 has been a challenge in general, it has been a good opportunity for us to do more with Artober Nashville to engage and create awareness of arts across the country.”

Artober 2020’s featured visual artist is veteran Nashville painter Omari Booker, whose work Blueprint II, one in a series created by Booker, is this year’s official backdrop for Artober Nashville. 

During the ongoing pandemic and social revolution, Booker took to his studio to create a softer energy through his works and discover how we find human connection.

These works represent a new exhibition called Need a Hug, which explores the vulnerability that is integral to the human condition, alongside the incredible isolation and loneliness so many are experiencing these days.

The exhibit will be on display Oct. 10-Nov. 21 at The Black Box Gallery in The Local Distro, 614 Garfield St. in the Germantown neighborhood.

Although has been an organizer and presenter of Artober Nashville since its creation by the Metro Arts Commission in 2011, this marks the online arts and entertainment website’s fourth year operating the program.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.