507 Hagan Street
Nashville TN 37203
Mission Statement
Coop is a curatorial collective made up of artists, curators, thinkers and professors who are committed to expanding Nashville’s dialogue with contemporary art by presenting challenging new or under-represented artists/artworks in the community. COOP is committed to exhibiting art of diverse media and content, with a goal to provide an alternative venue for artists free from the constraints of the retail market. COOP seeks to initiate a discourse between Nashville and art scenes across the country by inviting artists to show, develop projects and interact with the Nashville community.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jana Harper
Board Chair Ms Jana Harper
Board Chair Company Affiliation Vanderbilt University
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $11,933.00
Projected Annual Revenue 12600 (2018)
Mission Coop is a curatorial collective made up of artists, curators, thinkers and professors who are committed to expanding Nashville’s dialogue with contemporary art by presenting challenging new or under-represented artists/artworks in the community. COOP is committed to exhibiting art of diverse media and content, with a goal to provide an alternative venue for artists free from the constraints of the retail market. COOP seeks to initiate a discourse between Nashville and art scenes across the country by inviting artists to show, develop projects and interact with the Nashville community.
Background COOP was founded in the fall of 2010 as a way to bring new ideas and artists to Nashville’s young visual art scene. The feeling at the time was that exhibitions in commercial spaces were limited in their approach and so a group of artists and writers, many with different university affiliations, got together and began to program COOP with monthly solo exhibitions in Nashville’s Downtown Arcade Building. The premise was simple: that we would show anybody’s work except for our own, and that we would focus on bringing artists and media of excellence that were under-represented in existing Nashville galleries. From those original twelve members, COOP has grown to approximately 30 participating artists and curators. We have mounted 75 consecutive exhibitions in our space, without lapse or downtime. Our programs have built upon these dynamic monthly shows. In addition to the gallery programming we now have programs for interns, for local artist outreach(NADB), for exchanges and collaborations with other alternative artist groups nationally, for showcasing great curators and galleries of the Southeast(our House Guests Series). COOP has always run by the labor and dues of its membership. This is the first time we are beginning serious fundraising to support our programs and increase our ability to support the exhibitions and artists that we serve.

2017 was a great year for COOP. We completed our first full year in our new home on Hagan Street in Wedgewood Houston and our 7th year of programming. We collaborated with nationally recognized curators Daniel Fuller from Atlanta’s Contemporary Arts Center and Jennifer Baker from ArtSpace in Kansas City and with internationally recognized curator Sumesh Sharma from Bombay’s Clark House Initiative and the Pompidou Center in Paris. We held our first Micro Cinema event which featured short films by over fifteen artists from around the country. This was our most diverse programming year with over twenty five percent artists/curators of color. And we held our first annual fundraiser and were overjoyed with the results.

Our goals for the next year include continuing to increase the diversity of our board and our presenters and to grow our fundraising and grant writing efforts in order to eventually be able to hire a part-time Director. We are excited about our programming for 2018 and the broad range of artistic practices represented and are looking forward to another Micro-Cinema event focused on Southern filmmakers and an Open Call for artists in all fields.

  1. Financial support for our diverse programs.(programming cost is 10k and we would like to offer even MORE support to our artists beyond what we are currently doing).

  2. Volunteers with fundraising experience to help us craft an effective strategy.

  3. Volunteer docents to help staff our gallery.

  4. Grant writing assistance.

  5. Sponsorship for our artist outreach programs.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Help support programming at COOP by visiting our support page at

You can also support COOP by making a check out to COOP and sending it directly to our Treasurer at:

McLean Fahnestock, Treasurer
1216 Berry St
Old Hickory, TN
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Art Museums
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
Board Chair Statement

COOP has approximately 20 members and is governed by a rotating board consisting of 11 positions: President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations, Programming, Fundraising, Grants, Internship Coordinator, Archivist, Social Media, and Gallery Installers. Certain positions rotate annually and others every two or three years. All members pay dues and all members are expected to contribute to the life of the gallery by serving on the board, hosting exhibitions, gallery sitting, or sponsoring other events.

 Our organization is completely run by volunteers and this contributes to both our successes and our challenges. Each board member takes their job seriously and they all dependably get their jobs done. Though because most of us are already operating at full capacity with full time jobs and families, things naturally fall between the cracks and often the response rate is slow. We have an efficient system in place that ensures that all functions are met, but it has been difficult to expand beyond our current capacity.

Thanks to a few extremely hard working and dedicated board members, we have recently achieved non-profit status and are now in a position to write grants and work on development. Ultimately, we would like to create a paid Executive Director position who could dedicate ten to twenty hours a week on growing the organization. 

CEO Statement

COOP is an organization that runs on passion. Our members are all full-time artists and/or full-time Professors of Art. All are deeply committed to enriching and contributing to the arts landscape of Nashville, and every hour put into the organization is donated. In seven years, not a single month has gone by unprogrammed and our exhibitions are of the highest quality, keeping company with galleries such as Zeitgeist, Seed Space, and occasionally even the Frist.

One of COOP’s goals is to provide a venue outside of the commercial gallery system for artists to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of sales. This kind of creative freedom is rare, and we hope to both continue and expand on our current programs by increasing our development. We rely on the diverse resources of our member base to exhibit artists from around the country and recently, the world. But this is costly, and up until now, most artists have had to provide their own funding. One of our hopes is that we can alleviate some of these costs to the artists.  

COOP is remarkable in that it provides a sense of community for artists all over the city. Our members teach at every major University and we work hard to support both each other and to create an inviting, open environment for all arts enthusiasts. Nashville, as we know, has grown exponentially in the last ten years and we’ve seen almost every community thrive and prosper. We’d like to see the level of arts dialogue grow to match the city that we are transitioning into, and this means greater visibility, outreach, and education.

Description COOP curates and invites artists from around the country to visit Nashville and mount a solo or group exhibition of challenging contemporary visual art. We provide each artist with an honorarium and material assistance in creating their exhibition. We provide each artist an online and brick and mortar platform to speak about their work and address our Nashville community
Budget 8000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Population Served Adults, Families, General/Unspecified
Short Term Success In the short term, COOP's exhibition program provides essential energy and consistency to Nashville's nascent visual arts community. Our city has seen a number of artist groups come and go. Now in our 7th year, COOP has consistently programmed monthly exhibitions without lapse and has proved that artist-run organizations can play a lasting role in anchoring our visual arts community.
Long term Success The ultimate success for our exhibition program will be the enrichment of our local artistic community by the artists and artworks that we have and will continue to bring to Nashville. This enrichment will take the 3 forms: the education and exposure to new ideas and trends for our audience; the growth of new opportunities for our Nashville artist community members as relationships are developed with our visiting artists and artist groups; and lastly, enrichment flows from this foundational program, as successful collaborations bread other collaborations which in turn bread growth and new avenues for artistic projects.
Program Success Monitored By COOP's exhibition program success is monitored by the concept of growth in 4 ways: the gross number of exhibitions and projects; the scope of projects and exhibitions; the number of artists and curators in collaboration each season; and the number of audience members served. In all these ways COOP has demonstrably grown each year. Our exhibitions have grown from 12 a year to almost 20. The scope of our projects has grown from locally presented visiting artists to international collaborations.
COOP collaborates with other alternative contemporary artist spaces around the country and internationally to co-develop exhibitions and public programs. COOP develops two of these exchanges a year, each culminating in an exhibition at both COOP and the participating spaces. In the last 3 years COOP has partnered with Clark House Initiative in Bombay, India, Atlanta Contemporary, Creative Cukurcama in Istanbul, Napoleon Gallery in Philadelpia, and Punch and Judy Gallery in Seattle.
Each Summer COOP offers their exhibition space to other alternative artist galleries, collectives, or curators to come to Nashville and exhibit their artists and explain their missions. This program has been an essential way for creating a network among the diverse and far flung alternative art spaces outside of major urban centers in the United States. 
Budget 2500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Population Served Adults, Families, General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Short term success is an increased awareness of shared cultural production gained by working with other artists and artist-run groups across the country. Short term success is the exposure and growth of opportunities for our artist members in showing their work in other national venues.
Long term Success Long term success of these exchange shows would be to fully integrate Nashville's visual arts community within the national dialogue of art and artists.
Program Success Monitored By We know this program is working because we are getting more and more requests to participate from artist-run groups around the country.
Description COOP offers (currently) 3 internship opportunities a year. Interns work directly with COOP artists to learn how a gallery s managed, how exhibitions are curated, installed and promoted, and how a diverse schedule of programming is planned and coordinated. Each intern works directly with a COOP Artist mentor in developing, curatign and executing an exhibition of their own design.
Budget 500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Instruction
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Adults, US& International
Short Term Success In the short term, our internship program provides for each participant an immersive and engaging experience where they learn how a non-profit arts collective operates, gain important knowledge on how exhibitions are curated, installed, marketed and presented to the public.
Long term Success Long term success would be to establish COOP as an incubator of young artistic talent as well as ideas. Already one of our interns has gone on to create their own gallery in Nashville. Our hope is that the COOP community of artists and curators can be a driver of cultural dynamism through immersive opportunities like our internship program.
CEO Comments

Our dreams include increasing our artist stipends, being able to bring our exhibiting artists to Nashville to give talks and meet with artists, students, and community members; we would like to dedicate at least one show a year to an international artist or artist collective; we would like to grow our on-line presence, using the platform to its fullest as a curatorial space; we would like to increase our presence at national (and international) art fairs; and finally, we would like to help contribute to the current state of arts writing by sponsoring or collaborating on an arts writing internship. We are addressing these dreams by increasing our fund raising and grant writing efforts.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms Jana Harper
Company Affiliation Vanderbilt University
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Board Members
Mr Paul Collins Austin Peay State UniversityExofficio
Ms McLean Fahnestock Austin Peay State UniversityVoting
Ms Tina Gionis Community VolunteerVoting
Mr Morgan Higby-Flowers Vanderbily UniversityVoting
Mr Rocky Horton Lipscomb UniversityVoting
Mr Alex Lockwood Independent Artist and OrganizerExofficio
Ms Jennifer Pepper Lipscomb UniversityVoting
Mr Robert Scobey Watkins College of Art and DesignVoting
Ms Alexandra Jo Sutton Austin Peay State UniversityVoting
Ms Donna Woodley Belmont UniversityVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 20%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Kristi Hargrove
Company Affiliation Watkins College of Art and Design
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2020
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments

We have a solid governance structure where our board is run by our most active officers. We believe that this structure would be made more substantial and stable with the appointment of outside experts and supporters to serve longer terms alongside our officer-members. We believe that bringing in outside voices will help us increase diversity, expand our outreach, bring in new supporters, and could help us evaluate our efficiency and develop a strategic plan. 

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Jana Harper
Term Start Jan 2017
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 30
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? No
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? No
Best of Nashville - Best Arcade GalleryNashville Scene2013
Best of Nashville - Best New GalleryNashville Scene2011
Best of Nashville - Best Artist HangoutNashville Scene2015
Best of 2017-Favorite Exhibitions in the South-NashvilleBurnaway2017
CEO Comments

Our organization currently employs no paid staff and is run exclusively through volunteer efforts, which has its limitations. We hope to build upon our demonstrated programmatic success to build a strong fundraising program which would enable us to hire a paid Executive Director position who could dedicate ten to twenty hours a week.  We believe that such a position would help grow our organizational effectiveness and outreach, in turn strengthening our fundraising and programmatic reach.

Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $12,600.00
Projected Expenses $11,933.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$0$0$0
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0--
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Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
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IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Exempt - Expires Dec 2018
Solicitations Permit
CS Permit
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
2017-2018 Budget2018
Organization Comments

We have operated for 6 years, each year amassing a surplus through membership dues and a few sporadic fundraising events. This past year we moved to a new location with much higher visibility, and higher rent. The new location absolutely allows us to extend our programmatic effectiveness, but requires us to more deliberately craft an effective fundraising strategy. In response we’ve attained our 501c3 status and are will be actively pursuing grants. At our current member base we can still operate on a break even basis, but our goal is to expand our programmatic support and outreach. Financial Comments

This organization filed a 990-N form with the IRS, which does not provide specific financial information. Most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less ($25,000 for tax years ending after December 31, 2007 and before December 31, 2010) are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.

Comment provided by Nicole Rose 03/23/2018. 
Nonprofit COOP
Address 507 Hagan Street
Nashville, TN 37203
Primary Phone (314) 422-4441
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jana Harper
Board Chair Ms Jana Harper
Board Chair Company Affiliation Vanderbilt University
Year of Incorporation 2014