Oasis Art Studio

The Underground Art Studio at Oasis Center offers youth an opportunity to use creativity as a pathway for self-exploration, healing, community service and transformative justice. Our mission is to cultivate creative leadership within our youth to promote positive change in the Nashville community and beyond.


The Underground Art Studio at Oasis Center is funded by the William N. Rollins Fund for the Arts of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. We are also grateful to our business and community partners, including Jerry’s Artarama, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Metro jarNashville Arts Commission and Tennessee Arts Commission have also funded some of our special community art projects, including Where Are You Going?, an art & public transit project, and We Are Our Stories, a community mural project with youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Special Events:

Throughout the year, Oasis Center receives many opportunities to collaborate with local artists and community partners on unique and meaningful art projects. Here are a few examples of past collaborations:

· No Name-Calling Week with GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) – mask-making

· Make a Mess with Dante Orpilla, LA-based street artist – watercolor & ink

· Where Are You Going? with Oasis youth & Nashville MTA – photography

· More Love with Gregory Sale & Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum – creative writing

· Our Town with Bryce McCloud & Isle of Printing – public art

· Songwriting with Morgan Karr of CommunicateME & Ruby Amanfu

· Edmondson Park with Lonnie Holley & Metro Arts – found objects

· Cig-Regrets led by Oasis youth & TN Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

Dante Workshop 2


Since launching in February 2013, the Underground Art Studio has provided a creative space for the following youth-serving programs:

· Oasis Center’s Emergency Shelter

· New Life Project Fatherhood Program

· Oasis Center’s International Teen Outreach Program (ITOP)

· STARS Nashville’s Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse (YODA)

· Hadley Park Community Center

· Oasis Center’s Just Us (LGBTQ)

· Oasis Center’s R.E.A.L. (Reaching Excellence as Leaders) Program

· Planned Parenthood’s PG13 Players

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Ann Krafft – community volunteer

Alison Waid – community volunteer

Derek Gibson – Nashville Electric Service

Jackie Tidwell – Arts & Business Council

Jeff Danley – professional artist

Ndume Olatushani – professional artist

Susan Gardner – Clearing the Way Home

Susan Leath – 417 Union Restaurant