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Centennial Art Center’s 50th Anniversary

The Centennial Art Center’s (CAC) 50th anniversary was celebrated at the center and was open to the public.
Guests who attended included former and current students, former and current teachers, and staff.
Tanya’s Touch of Elegance, owned by Tanya Hollerman, was the caterer and the delicious cake was provided by Rhoda Jones, owner of Tyree’s Cake Box.
Among those who spoke to the guests were Rev. Troy Merritt Jr., Lena Arice Lucas, Danielle McDaniel (The Clay Lady), James Threalkill, and Metro Parks Director Monique Odom.
The “Homecoming” exhibit brought together a sampling of artists, many of whom began or spent their careers dedicated to Metro Parks Visual Arts Programs and other Nashville art communities.
CAC’s “birthday party” followed in the footsteps of the unveiling of a historical marker in March which designated the center as an important site in the city’s Civil Rights history.
In May, Asia Pyron, of PYDANCE, will present “POOL” as part of “Reflections and Deep Dives,” a project celebrating CAC’s 50th anniversary by first reflecting on the building’s former use as a “whites only” swimming pool.
“POOL” is inspired by and in response to historical events related to the closing of Nashville’s public swimming pools after African American students Matthew Walker, Jr. and Kwame Leo Lillard attempted (unsuccessfully) to test the limits of racial integration.
“POOL” will be performed in conjunction with CAC’s May gallery exhibit, “Immersion,” with large-scale artwork presented by Nashville mural artists Elisheba Israel Mrozik, Michael Mucker and ArJae Thompson.
“POOL” will be performed Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m.

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