It’s not just the pews and stained glass. abrasiveMedia’s new space has a holiness about it—a grandness. At their opening in early May, trapeze artists and arial dancers hung from the ceiling beams; painters worked in the hallway, unhindered by the prying eyes of passersby; the curious circled the perimeter, checking out the local art. abrasiveMedia was founded in 2004, and a decade later, it finds a rightful new home in Houston Station.
According to abrasiveMedia’s mission statement, the organization “exists to help artists grow, connect, and produce. We facilitate and advocate for artists in Nashville, while building relationships within the artistic community and making excellent art more accessible for our city.” It hosts four dance companies and various visual artists, as well as writers, photographers, musicians, and web designers. Tony Youngblood interviews exec director Audra Almond-Harvey in Nashville Arts here.
The org offers classes in ballet, ariel fabric, trapeze, and kickboxing, among others. It’s cooking up fantastic programming for kids, including pop-up Super Squad camps. And their prices are reasonable for studios and desk rentals.
Right now, they’re showing a fun series: David Landry’s Kickstarter-funded, giant graphic novel “The Anomaly.” “Imagine walking inside a steampunk comic book;” he writes, “that is how big this is going to be.”
With its prime location, abrasiveMedia will be a sure stop on future We-Ho art crawls.
Houston Station is too gorgeous. It’s refurbished and renovated—an urban loft space with unfinished wooden beams, slick hard wood floors, and exposed brick, and even random vintage furniture sitting in rooms that are otherwise uninhabited. It’s even got a freight train that barrels past the back door. It touts itself as “the new center for events, art, and music in Nashville.” I’m curious how much it costs to rent a space; the web site doesn’t list prices. It also calls itself “Nashville’s one-stop shop for event, art, and music needs.” To me, the little pockets of creativity and artistic presence in Nashville are wonderful; I wouldn’t want them all in one place. That said, aside from its swaggering website, the space makes a beautiful new home for abrasiveMedia.