Street Artist And Local Nonprofits Use Public Art To Encourage Interaction With Nashville’s Waterways

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Internationally renowned street artist Beau Stanton will come to Nashville this October to launch a new campaign for stream stewardship: Rivive! Nashville. Stanton will paint Nashville’s next large outdoor mural, orchestrated by the Nashville Walls Project. The mural will be painted at Fifth Avenue North and Commerce Street in downtown Nashville, just steps away from the Ryman Auditorium, and takes inspiration from local waters and their importance to life, health and recreation.

“We want to remind Nashvillians that the city thrives because of the river,” said Mekayle Houghton, executive director of the Cumberland River Compact and a Nashville Waterways Consortium member. “The Cumberland is the source of the water we drink and is woven into the fabric of our town. With the pace of growth the region is experiencing, the health of our water is at risk. From your backyard creek to the Cumberland River, we want Nashvillians to get out and explore our waterways while also appreciating the fragility of this precious resource.”

Stanton will arrive in Nashville on Oct. 15 and paint the mural at Fifth Avenue North and Commerce Street in downtown Nashville through Oct. 26. The public is invited to visit the mural site during the painting. Stanton resides in Red Hook, Brooklyn, N.Y., and draws inspiration from local nautical history. His work has recently been shown in a 12th century crypt, on the Berlin Wall and in galleries worldwide.

“As someone who is inspired by water, I’m honored to be a part of this project,” Stanton said. “I’m excited to play a part in educating the Nashville community about the importance of keeping rivers and streams healthy.”

The First Saturday Art Crawl for the next two months will feature this unique project. Stanton’s previous work will be projected over Cashville at 236 Fifth Ave. N. during the Art Crawl the evening of Oct. 7, and the new mural will be celebrated during the Art Crawl on Nov. 4 between 4 and 7 p.m.


About Rivive! Nashville and the Nashville Waterways Consortium:

The Nashville Waterways Consortium is a collaboration among The Cumberland River Compact, The Harpeth Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, The Richland Creek Watershed Alliance and The Tennessee Environmental Council, generously funded by The Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund. The Consortium developed Rivive! Nashville as its first collaborative initiative. Rivive! Nashville seeks to inspire Nashvillians’ participation in stream stewardship through unique art projects and by offering volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Visit to learn more.

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