Avenue of Arts planned for downtown Nashville

Avenue of Arts planned for downtown Nashville (Image 1)
Avenue of Arts planned for downtown Nashville (Image 1)

A downtown Nashville street is about to get a dramatic, artistic makeover.
Fifth Avenue between Church and Union streets is already home to art galleries and studios, but by next summer it will have a new name and a new look.

The one block section will be called Avenue of the Arts.

The $1 million makeover will include overhead light canopies, improved sidewalks and sections for outdoor cafes or art.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced the plan Friday, but it was people like art gallery owner Anne Brown who envisioned the project.

She hopes Nashville tourists are drawn to the soon-to-be-refurbished art district.  

“They are going to be down on lower Broadway or walk out of that new convention center and see these new lights and say I got to go there,” Brown told Nashville's News 2.

“It will make them come in feel welcome. It's going to be new all the time because that is what art is,” added Brown who owns The Arts Company on 5th Avenue.

Mayor Dean told the gathering at the announcement that “he is counting the days when he can have a glass of wine on the sidewalk” of the new Avenue of the Arts.

The project is expected to complete by late summer of 2013.

The one block area already includes 19 art galleries.

Nashville is said to be home to 36,000 creative workers.

Friday's announcement was part of Artober.

It's the second annual month long celebration of art and culture for Nashville.

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