NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 21, 2017) – Each year, the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville celebrates a Nashville resident for their inspiring leadership and patronage of the arts with its Martha Rivers Ingram Arts Visionary Award. This year, the deserving honoree is Shirley Zeitlin, a long-time Nashville business leader and arts supporter.

Zeitlin’s friends, family and colleagues from her many business endeavors as well as her community and arts leadership activities will gather at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony on Thursday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. to honor her significant volunteer and community support work.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to honor Shirley Zeitlin with this prestigious award,” said Casey Summar, CEO of the Arts & Business Council. “As a leading patron of the arts – as well as a strong business leader – she is the perfect choice for this year’s Ingram Arts Visionary Award. The event will be a mix of fun, art, love and respect for Shirley.”

Previous Ingram Arts Visionary Award winners include: Earl Swensson, Denny Bottorf, Walter Knestrick and Steve & Jay Turner.

This cocktail reception and award ceremony is by invitation only. Attendees and supporters are invited to make a voluntary donation in honor of Shirley Zeitlin to the Arts & Business Council, which works to cultivate Nashville’s creative community. For more information about the event, call (615) 460-8274.

Corporate sponsors of this event include Earl Swensson Associates and Cumberland Trust.

About Shirley Zeitlin

Shirley Zeitlin founded Zeitlin & Co., Realtors in 1979, and the firm has grown to over 100 agents. Along with leading one of Nashville’s strongest real estate firms, Shirley’s active role in the community is evident in her experience serving on boards such as Saint Thomas Health Services, the Nashville Symphony, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville Downtown Partnership, and the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville. Shirley also served as the first female president of the Tennessee Association of Realtors. Beyond real estate, Shirley’s community accomplishments are numerous. In 1993, the YWCA inducted her into the Academy of Women of Achievement, which honors Nashville women demonstrating extraordinary leadership and a commitment to improving her community by inspiring individuals.