Community Partnership Brings Public Art to Educational Spaces


This August,  Hands On Nashville and Dollar General joined the Nashville Public Library to unveil murals at six library branches, each of which were completed by Dollar General volunteers this summer!

The artwork is now displayed at the Donelson, Edgehill, Edmondson Pike, Hadley Park, Inglewood, and Old Hickory Branches of the Nashville Public Library.

“Nashville Public Library appreciates all our volunteers, who invest so much of their time and energy into their public library,” said Kent Oliver, NPL Director. “We also embrace art and artists at our Library. This project with Dollar General and Hands On Nashville is so rewarding because it combines volunteerism and art in a way that will benefit thousands of patrons and guests who visit Nashville Public Library in future months and years.”

Leading up to the project, library directors at each library branch worked closely with Nashville artist Kim Radford to develop their own customized, color-by-number design that reflects the spirit and history of their branch. Hands On Nashville organized and engaged Dollar General volunteers to complete the vision.

Here’s a look at the final murals!

083016_dollar-general-donelson-mural-20Donelson: This mural, which is designed to reflect Donelson’s vibrant arts community, features images of the library as well as musical instruments and the Grand Ole Opry.

edgehillEdgehill: This mural for the Edgehill Branch library captures the joy of childhood reading and encourages young library-goers to explore the world through literary adventures.


Edmonson: This mural, which is installed outside of Edmonson Library’s staff patio, provides a bright reminder of how libraries provide ample space for communities to grow ideas together.


Hadley Park: A home-away-from-home for many TSU students and alumni, the Hadley Park Branch library mural includes an empowering message for the community it serves each day. This mural is installed in the library’s multipurpose room where groups of local students often gather to study and work together.

inglewoodInglewood: This mural encompasses the many programs and activities available through the Inglewood Branch library, from the community seed exchange to the Story Time Castle. Also featured is the vehicle of a long-time library employee. Community members know – if the Bug is in the parking lot, the library is open!


Old Hickory: Established in 1937 by the DuPont Company for its workers and their families, the Old Hickory Branch library has a long, rich past. The mural pays homage to the neighborhood’s history as showcased through the craftsman-style homes along the bottom of the design, which were common to the area. The mural, which will be placed in the youth reading area, also illustrates the maxim that books can take you anywhere!

Dozens of volunteers painted the murals during a service event in August 2016.

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about supporting literacy and education initiatives in our communities,” said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s Senior Director of Community Initiatives. “Libraries provide vital learning space, and our employees are proud to have had a hand in creating beautiful artworks that are now part of that framework. We hope they provide inspiration and beauty to all who visit.”

Thank you, Dollar General volunteers! To see more photos from the project, click here.

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