Brookfield Donation to MNPS

Brookfield Properties donates $20,000 to Metro Nashville Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts
Posted on 06/25/2021
Brookfield donation to MNPS; Photo Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Fifth + Broadway.

Brookfield Donation to MNPSBrookfield Properties and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) today announce Brookfield has donated $20,000 to the MNPS Visual and Performing Arts department.

The partnership formed as Brookfield worked with MNPS to identify student artwork to be brought to life in its Fifth + Broadway’s Art in Motion installation running from Friday, June 25th until July 31st.

“As a community member, we recognize a big part of what makes Nashville special is its incredible artists and creatives,” said Tom Miller, General Manager of Fifth + Broadway. “Supporting Metro Nashville Public Schools’ arts program and forging a partnership with it is a natural fit for us. These students are so amazing and skilled, we want to do what we can to provide them a platform and fuel opportunity for them – they’re the next generation of what makes Nashville truly special.”

“I’m so grateful to Brookfield Properties and the Fifth + Broadway development for being such great community partners and elevating the importance of Metro Schools and the students whose vision and creativity serve as tremendous examples of the children we educate every day,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Schools.  

“Metro Nashville Public Schools is fortunate to have some of the most talented visual arts students and faculty in the nation,” said Jeff Smith, Director of Visual and Performing Arts at MNPS.Fifth + Broadway provides the perfect venue to showcase the incredible work of student artists from across our district, and this donation allows us to achieve much more. #ArtsMoveMNPS, and we know that through Music Makes Us and districtwide support of the arts, our students are able to create, be inspired, perform, and exhibit their artwork. Their lives are forever changed for the better. Thanks to everyone at Brookfield Properties for their commitment to our program.”

Art in Motion is a five-minute long light, sound, and projection that is open to the public and will run every 30 minutes between the hours of 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Student art that is featured is by Samantha Palma (Hunters Lane); Genesis J. Cortez Rivera (Cane Ridge); Sandra Garfias (Maplewood); Bethany Hemphill (Overton); Selena A. Camargo (Antioch); Donovan A. Martin (Antioch); Jade Gordon (East Nashville); Genesis Ike (East Nashville); Shatorria Harris (Stratford); Amelia Wang (MLK); Saida Bolduc (MLK); Lynn Vu (Overton); Yen Le (Overton); Riley McDowell (Hillsboro); Kelly Castlen (McGavock); Kiera White (Rose Park); and Alice Castro-Rendon (Goodlettsville Middle School).

The $20,000 donation provided by Brookfield Properties will help to fund the launch of a teaching artist residency program in the 2021-2022 school year. In collaboration with Metro Arts, 12 teaching artists will be selected to serve in Metro Nashville high schools for several weeks. These teaching artists will work side by side with our visual art educators to create dynamic and engaging lessons that pull back the veil for students to see firsthand the life and work of professional artists in our community. The selected teaching artists will each focus on a social justice theme and weave social emotional learning (SEL) and culturally responsive teaching practices into their work to ensure that student voices are heard and every student is known.

For more information, visit the Fifth + Broadway events guide: https://fifthandb.com/events/

Photo Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Fifth + Broadway.

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