November 8, 2019 – 6:00 pm
Frist Friday: Murals + Mics
Enjoy live performances by Daisha McBride, Rashad thaPoet, and Southern Word + gallery programs celebrating our current exhibitions.
Free to members and to visitors 18 and younger; $15 college students with ID; $20 general admission
Discounted tickets for seniors and military will be available only at the door.
Inspired by the exhibitions Murals of North Nashville Now and OSGEMEOS: In between, the evening will offer visitors opportunities to experience art in new and unexpected ways with live performances, interactive gallery activities, and food and beverage specials.
Auditorium, 6:15–7:00 p.m.
Rashad Rayford, a.k.a. Rashad thaPoet, is an activist, actor, and award-winning spoken-word artist who captivated audiences during Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville and our June 2018 “Happening.” He will kick off the evening with his energetic and soulful blend of spoken word and hip hop.
Auditorium, 7:30–8:45 p.m.
Daisha McBride began rapping when she was ten years old, living in Knoxville. In the years since, she’s honed her songwriting skills, grown a fan base by posting freestyle videos on social media, and earned a music business degree at Middle Tennessee State University. Now a Nashvillian, McBride has released two EPs, and in 2018 she was named “Best Rapper / Hip-Hop Act” and “Hip Hop Newcomer of the Year” in the Nashville Scene. Citing Missy Elliot and Nicki Minaj as influences, McBride continues to push herself into new territory. On her debut full-length, WILD (2019), which features Evan Dupri, Mike Floss, and other guest artists, she addresses struggles from the personal to societal.
Galleries, throughout the evening
Founded on a passion for serving youth, Southern Word has been a positive influence on the Nashville community and beyond since 2008. It equips participants with the tools to become thoughtful creators through the outlets of writing, music, and performance. Diligently responding to educational and youth development challenges, the organization has reached more than 7,500 youth, 67 schools, and 12 Tennessee counties. Hear Southern Word youth poets in the galleries as they perform original spoken-word pieces. A Southern Word DJ will spin tracks between sets.
PROGRAMS AND MORE
One Drop Ink Temporary Tattoo Station with Elisheba Israel Mrozik
Grand Lobby, while supplies last
Internationally recognized tattoo artist Elisheba Israel Mrozik has been working in graphic design, anime, and fine art since 2006. She began tattooing in 2010 and, a year later, she opened One Drop Ink Tattoo Parlour and Gallery in North Nashville. She was named Nashville Tattoo Artist of the Year by Indieville TV in 2015, and appeared in the international TV show Inkmaster. Her mural Unmask ’Em is featured in the exhibition Murals of North Nashville Now. Mrozik will host a temporary tattoo station, featuring unique designs inspired by the exhibition.
Collaborative Mural-Making with Norf Art Collective
Rechter Room, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Norf Art Collective specializes in socially engaging public art that speaks to issues affecting members of the North Nashville community while celebrating its unique culture and history. Their projects are considered collaborations with the community, and their mission has led to partnerships with Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (JUMP), United Healthcare, Urban Housing Solutions, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the McGruder Center, Slim and Husky’s, Tennessee State University, and more. Norf has two murals featured in the exhibition Murals of North Nashville Now. Join the artists to participate in a collaborative mural-making activity.
Mini-Tours of Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, Murals of North Nashville Now and OSGEMEOS: In between
Throughout the evening, Frist docents will lead brief tours through current exhibitions.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
In the lobby:
Barista Parlor will offer complimentary tastings of a Brazil-sourced coffee from the Cerrado region.
Slim & Husky’s will offer a complimentary cinnamon roll tasting bar.
Southern Grist Brewing will offer complimentary tastings of an exhibition-inspired beer.
In the courtyard:
Food trucks: Slim & Husky’s Pizza, Roscoe’s Smoked Bar-B-Que, and the Peach Cobbler Factory will serve food and beverages, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Exhibitions on view during the event:
Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists
Murals of North Nashville Now
Conte Community Arts Gallery
OSGEMEOS: In between
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery
Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
Tasting Sponsors: Barista Parlor, Slim & Husky’s, Southern Grist Brewing