Creative Exchange brings together artists, arts administrators, creative entrepreneurs, and business professionals to build community across genres; inspire thought-provoking dialogue; and provide high-quality, practical tools to galvanize the creative economy.

Through inspiring keynote presentations, collaborative panel discussions, and informative breakout sessions, Creative Exchange addresses common challenges in the creative industries and sparks innovation to tackle those challenges head-on.

Most importantly, Creative Exchange is about expanding your network and forging connections with fellow artists, makers, and creative organizations to cultivate a robust, thriving creative community in Middle Tennessee.

Rashad thaPoet amps up the crowd during breakfast at Creative Exchange 2019.


Saturday, October 2, 2021

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Center 615

“Bright Futures” isn’t a prediction of a better world. It’s a call to action to foster the kind of creative community we want today. That means having tough conversations. It means doing the hard work to build a more equitable creative community. Bright futures don’t just happen. They are made when we work together and take action in the here and now. They are made by tearing down old institutions that won’t change and building new economic and social systems that benefit the many, not just the few. In the garden we tend—Nashville’s creative community—we aim to be the catalyst for creating a thriving and sustainable creative culture, and we need it now. It’s time to work together to create the future we all want and all deserve.

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Additional discounts for ABC members! Email us for the promo code.

You’re not going to want to miss the incredible line-up of speakers, resources, performances, and a special pop-up exhibition from the Museum of Contemporary Art Nashville!

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Health & Safety Protocols

All artists, staff members, volunteers, and attendees must provide the following at the door:

  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination; (Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination may be satisfied by presenting an original or photograph of a COVID-19 vaccination card, and the name on the participant’s vaccination card must match the participant’s government-issued ID presented at the event. Must be 14 days after the final dose, which shall be no later than September 18, 2021.)


  • A negative COVID-19 test from a recognized authority dated within 72 hours of the event; (Self-administered, home tests will not be accepted.)


  • Attest that they are symptom-free before entering the building.

All artists, staff members, volunteers, and attendees are required to wear face masks during the event (except when actively eating or drinking), observe proper hygiene, and physically distance where possible. Please note that speakers may remove masks when they are actively speaking on stage.

These health and safety protocols are based on current disease dynamics and CDC best practices. These policies are subject to additions and changes and will be communicated in advance.

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