abrasiveMedia is located in the Historic Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood in Nashville, TN. We provide a home for artists, a space for community classes and workshops, and a venue for bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together – all to fulfill our non-profit mission of helping artist grow, connect, produce, and give back to the community.
On any given day you may find our space filled with dancers, painters, writers, aerialists, actors, martial artists, photographers, poets, sculptors, or musicians. You may experience a gallery exhibit, dance performance, circus act, theatrical production, mixer, art classes, concert, fashion show, conferences, or any collaborative mixture of the these. There’s something for everyone at abrasiveMedia, and we hope you’ll join us.
From 2004-2010, we hosted multiple art shows and community performances at various locations in Nashville, we held forums to partner artists with social justice-oriented organizations, and we launched a social community called the Starving Artist Venture. The early years were event driven, which helped us realize the need for permanent space, reuseable resources, and support infrastructure for non-established artists. In 2010 we realized that we need to either make abrasiveMedia into a sustainable organization, or close shop. We decided to press on.
From 2010-2012, we began developing our Artist Residency programs. We took on two test-programs, and began offering classes in partnership with the Brick Factory (now Fort Houston). Our resident aerial & contemporary dance company, FALL, performed for over 1500 people at events such as the Nashville Sideshow Fringe Festival, Edgehill Artisan Fair, a variety of private events, and our own showcase. David Landry launched Th3 Anomaly, a graphic-novel based in fine arts in which each panel is a painting.