Since 2000, the Frist Art Museum has partnered with local organizations to provide art educational programs to Nashville-area communities, offering the Art Trunks Program to groups of all ages throughout Davidson County and featuring collaborations with trusted community institutions to serve pre-school and after-school youth, English as a second language and adult basic education learners, families, and senior citizen groups.

Outreach partnerships enable our community partners to become ambassadors of the Frist Art Museum. Ambassadors are entrusted with facilitating other unique programs that give community members the ability to see their world in inspiring ways through art. Partners can apply for a transportation subsidy to make it possible for them to visit the Frist Art Museum and experience its historical building, its exhibitions, and the many programs offered.

Community Partner Tours

Community Partner groups can make reservations for self-guided, docent-guided, or online virtual tours.

Frist Community Partners 20212022


Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville
Daybreak Arts
Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee
FiftyForward Madison Station
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
Metro Parks—Looby Community Center
Metro Parks—Napier Community Center
Metro Parks Visual Arts
Nashville Public Library—Main Library
Nashville Public Library—Thompson Lane Branch
Oasis Center
The Salvation Army Nashville
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center


Bethlehem Centers of Nashville
Catholic Charities of TN—Refugee and Immigration Services
Conexión Américas
Easterseals Tennessee
Eighteenth Avenue Family Enrichment Center (EAFEC)
FiftyForward Bordeaux
FIftyForward Donelson Station
FiftyForward—J.L. Center in Bellevue
Healing Arts Project Inc
Hispanic Family Foundation
Martha O’Bryan Center
Metro Parks—Antioch Community Center
Metro Parks—Bellevue Regional Community Center
Metro Parks—Coleman Park Community Center
Metro Parks—Easley Community Center
Metro Parks—East Park Community Center
Metro Parks—Elizabeth Senior Center
Metro Parks—Hermitage Community Center           
Metro Parks—Madison Regional Center
Metro Parks—McCabe Regional Community Center
Metro Parks—Old Hickory Community Center
Metro Parks—Paradise Ridge
Metro Parks—Parkwood Community Center
Metro Parks—Sevier Park Regional Community Center
Metro Parks—Shelby Community Center
Metro Parks—Smith Springs Community Center
Metro Parks—Southeast Community Center
Metro Parks—Watkins Park Community Center
Metro Parks- Bellevue Community Center
Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE)
Nashville Public Library—Bordeaux branch
Nashville Public Library—Donelson Branch
Nashville Public Library—East Branch
Nashville Public Library—Edgehill Branch
Nashville Public Library—Edmondson Pike Branch
Nashville Public Library—Goodlettsville Branch
Nashville Public Library—Green Hills Branch
Nashville Public Library—Hadley Park Branch
Nashville Public Library—Inglewood Branch
Nashville Public Library—Looby Branch
Nashville Public Library—Madison Branch
Nashville Public Library—North Branch
Nashville Public Library—Old Hickory Branch
Nashville Public Library—Pruitt Branch       
Nashville Public Library—Southeast Branch
Preston Taylor Ministries
Project for Neighborhood Aftercare (PNA)
Project Return
Safe Haven Family Shelter
St. Luke’s Community House
Thistle Farms Residential
Youth Encouragement Services (Carpenter’s Square)
Youth Encouragement Services (Lindsley Center)


Criteria to become a Community Partner:

  1. The partner organization should have a strong foundation of programs, staff, and financial support. Community partners should have longevity and stability, and be firmly rooted in Davidson County.
  2. Frist Art Museum partner organizations collectively represent the geographical, ethnic, cultural, and age diversity of Davidson County. In an effort to reach diverse communities, it is our priority to partner with organizations located within or serving all parts of Davidson County. The Frist Art Museum also seeks to develop partnerships that reflect the ethnic, cultural, and age diversity of Nashville and Davidson County.
  3. Whether or not the partner organization has art programming in place, the Frist Art Museum’s activities should be a natural fit for the organization’s mission and goal.
  4. Visiting the Frist Art Museum is essential to forming successful community partnerships.
  5. Complete the Community Partner Application.

Interested in becoming a Community Partner? Complete the application above or contact Shaun Giles, community engagement director, at 615.744.3254 or

Please consider supporting the Frist Art Museum with a donation. Your gift is essential to our mission of serving the community through the arts and art access in particular. We truly appreciate your generosity.