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 202021


Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee
FiftyForward Madison Station
Main Library
Oasis Center
Poverty and the Arts
The Salvation Army
Thompson Lane Branch Library
TN Voices
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
Centennial Art Center
Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville


Bellevue Branch Library
Bellevue Community Center
Bethlehem Centers of Nashville
Bordeaux Branch Library
Catholic Charities of Tennessee
Coleman Regional Center
Conexión Américas
Easley Community Center
Edgehill Branch Library
Eighteenth Avenue Family Enrichment Center
Elizabeth Senior Center
FiftyForward Donelson Station
Goodlettsville Branch Library
Green Hills Branch Library
Hadley Park Branch Library
Hartman Regional Center
Healing Arts Project, Inc.
Hermitage Branch Library
Madison Community Center
Martha O’Bryan Center
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Old Hickory Branch Library
Old Hickory Community Center
Parkwood Community Center
Preston Taylor Ministries
Project for Neighborhood Aftercare
Pruitt Branch Library
Sevier Park Community Center
Southeast Branch Library
Southeast Community Center
Thistle FarmsWatkins Community Center
YMCA Community Action Programs
Youth Encouragement Services


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.