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New Student Art Exhibit Opens In The Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum’s Taylor Swift Education Center

April 05, 2023

Metro Nashville Public Schools students collaborated with visual artist Elisheba Israel Mrozik and music therapist and songwriter Kyshona to create the works presented in the All I Am exhibit.  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Apr. 5, 2023) – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum recently unveiled a new exhibit in the Taylor Swift Education Center, featuring music-inspired artwork and an original song created by students from Hunters Lane High School in Nashville. To produce the exhibit, titled All I Am, the museum and students collaborated with music therapist and songwriter Kyshona and visual artist Elisheba Israel Mrozik, whose contributions are prominently featured.

To find inspiration for their smaller-scale visual artworks presented in this exhibit, students chose existing songs that reflected aspects of their identities or experiences. Then, they independently created visual artworks to illustrate themes from their musical selections and their connections to them. The resulting images include a variety of perspectives, from loneliness and hardship to joy and beauty.

Working in a group songwriting session with Kyshona, students co-wrote the exhibit’s companion song, “Who We Are.” This original song was recorded, featuring museum educator Adam Ollendorff’s production and mixing, Kyshona’s vocal performance and backing by a band of professional musicians.

Bringing the group project full circle with a visual art response to “Who We Are,” Mrozik translated the song’s feelings and imagery into a large-scale painting. The painting, titled “This Future,” represents these students’ struggle to maintain optimism about what lies ahead for them in the aftermath of the pandemic.

This is the fifth student art exhibition that the museum and Metro Nashville Public School students have mounted since the Taylor Swift Education Center opened in 2014.

Visit here, to meet the artists and listen to “Who We Are.” A QR Code that links to the song is also available within the exhibit.

Admission to the exhibit is included with museum tickets.

Tennessee children ages 18 and under from Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties receive free museum admission as part of Community Counts: Museum Admission Program for Locals. Up to two accompanying adults receive 25% off admission. Proof of residency required. For more information, please visit Community Counts or inquire at the Museum Box Office. Community Counts Passports are available for check out through Nashville Public Library for two free adult admissions.

Museum programs for schools are funded in part by Chet Atkins Music Education Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; CMA; CMA Foundation; Dollar General Literacy Foundation; The Les Paul Foundation; The Memorial Foundation; Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission; Nashville Predators Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; PNC Grow Up Great; and Tennessee Arts Commission.

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