BLACK LIVES MATTER

We at abrasiveMedia understand that the recent deaths of African Americans at the hands of their fellow citizens are part of a continuum of brutality against black minds, bodies, and souls that predates the founding of this nation. We acknowledge that anti-Black racist ideology was foundational to the formation of our democracy and the institutions that comprise it. Thus, we …

Project Awake cast in rehearsal at Dance East

Long-time Dream Comes to Life

Share this PostOne of our very first program ideas was for a school show, which was birthed this year as Project Awake. The dream for this abrasiveMedia project began in 2005 but shortly after articulating the program and putting it on paper, we knew deep in our guts that we weren’t ready to do it—though we didn’t really know why …

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May 2019 Update: Strategic Planning, Moving, Fundraising

We’ve got a lot going on!Share this PostHow to Help Help us move (May 18th; event will be on the calendar soon!) Donate! Every little bit counts. (But we’ll certainly take a lot, if you have it!) Want to increase the impact of your gift? Support us through the Big Payback on May 2nd! Emotional support. We’re being serious here—moving …

You are not alone. Chessmen in front of the mirror

Our Founding Values

Share this PostIt’s easy to get too busy to take time to think about how you began. The project that began as a life-giving activity can become a mountain of heavy obligations. The inspiration that gave you joy at the start of your journey can fade to a distant memory as your calendar fills up and your network grows. At …

All Good Things…

“Mother Earth”, The CORE ESSENCE, Amanda Downs.Our Final Art Crawl in Houston Station is THIS Saturday! Help us say “goodbye” to our home for the last 6 years, have drink with us, celebrate the closing show of  the stellar CORE ESSENCE by Amanda Downs, & contribute vision for our future as we continue to serve Nashville’s artists!2/26/2019 To our community: …

July 2018 Recap

We had a huge turnout for the art crawl, which featured work by Brian Summerville along with the captivating performance art of Rebekah Alexander.

Two grey pencils on a yellow background with the title Make Your Story Yours

Make Your Story Yours

Feb 18 | $50 | 2-5pm “Make Your Story Yours” is a three-hour workshop designed for beginner storytellers. In a format that is both interactive and reflective, Kristen Chapman Gibbons will help participants examine which stories to tell and how to tell them. You will leave with one personal narrative to keep working on. The next opportunity is February 18, …