New Martin ArtQuest Open!

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The Frist opens its brand-new hands-on creative gallery for kids on Thursday, May 24!

There’s a whole lot of NEW happening at the Frist Center … starting with a new name and new brand identity. Coinciding with the museum’s 17th anniversary year, it’s now the Frist Art Museum.

“Our new name clearly communicates who we are: Nashville’s art museum and a cultural anchor in the community,” says Frist Art Museum Executive Director Susan H. Edwards, Ph.D. “Our mission and vision are not changing, and our commitment to the community, education and fellowship is the same,” she adds.


The Frist’s popular Martin ArtQuest (MAQ) Gallery for children and families began its overhaul on Jan. 29. It reopens on Thursday, May 24 with a members-only ribbon-cutting and preview from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. MAQ opens to the community at 3 p.m. with free admission to all galleries through 9 p.m.

MAQ’s new design responds to cultural interest in both hands-on and shared learning with a nod to social media across generations. New activities along with old favorites will be housed in the refreshed space. Here’s what you can expect:

• Drawing, painting and printmaking stations will return, with improved functionality.
• Exploration of moving images will include a large zoetrope, a shadow theater and stop-motion animation.
• A 16-foot interactive wall with color-changing dials allow kids to create large-scale designs using the full spectrum of colors.
• You can contribute to a collaborative textile-weaving installation.
• A full-body digital experience will transform visitors into colors and shapes.
• Activities that explore museum exhibitions, artists and ideas will include new opportunities for visitor participation, dialogue and response.
• In coming years, current artists will design new interactive stations to keep the space fresh and engaging.


The popular Frist Fridays concert series that takes place in summer months will now occur throughout the year to further strengthen the link between live performances and current exhibits. The first one take place Friday, July 27.

Frist Art Museum is located at 919 Broadway, Nashville. Hours are Mon – Wed & Sat 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thu – Fri 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 1 – 5:30 p.m. Admission is $12 adults, free ages 18 and younger. Call 615-244-3340 or visit

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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