A close friend who once worked with me at The Tennessean said I was the kind of editor who got excited about every possible story, including the ones we seemed to cover every year.
An example: It was time again for the county fair, and instead of writing another who-what-when-where-why report, I wanted a reporter to ask the carnival workers to interview each other. “Carnies interviewing carnies!” she recalls me squealing at this weird idea.
I am “fizzy”, like a bottle of champagne someone has shaken. At the same time, I am a hometown girl, living within an hour’s drive of my parents and working for the same company that hired me as an intern at age 18.
Nashville has my heart.
It is an effervescent city full of creative people – artists, musicians, writers, entrepreneurs, community builders, fundraisers, chefs, designers and stylists. It’s also an unpretentious one, in love with its funky old buildings, at ease in jeans or sequins, and unconcerned with how late anyone arrives.
Y’all know it.
You made it this way.
And it’s for you – fizzy and folksy Nashvillians – that a team of us is working hard to launch 12th & Broad: a celebration of the city’s creative and entrepreneurial culture through unique events, collaborations and storytelling.
The events are one-of-a-kinds you’d only find in Nashville, created with great local partners and thrown in interesting, unusual venues you’ve probably never been inside of but driven (or pedaled) past and wondered about. We collaborate with passionate, creative, thoughtful people, organizations and businesses who love-love Nashville like we do. For example: This is where we’ll be tomorrow. And, with the help of The Tennessean and community partners, we share stories about your favorite people, places, ideas and movements.
We open memberships to 12th & Broad in December, but you can sign up for our newsletter and find our social media pages now at www.12thandbroad.com. Many thanks to everyone at The Tennessean, Nashville Lifestyles and – especially, especially! – the creative community in Nashville for getting us to this point.
Many good things to come.
Meanwhile, please follow, like and otherwise stalk our team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn:
Meagan Rhodes, Community Manager
A Nashvillian for nine years, Meagan attended Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and received her B.A. in Oboe Performance before launching a media career. Meagan served in editor and production roles at The Tennessean, Nashville Arts Magazine and ArtsNowNashville before joining the 12th & Broad team. An artist herself, she remains highly active in Nashville’s art and fashion community. She is the voice behind ArtFlash, as well as an oboist, model and aspiring author. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram @MrsRhodes87.
Codie Gentry, Engagement Coordinator
Codie Gentry is a native Nashvillian who finds inspiration in the creative culture of our city. After graduating from American Intercontinental University with a degree in Business Management and Marketing, Codie started “A Brunette”, a blog about plus-size fashion and local style events including Nashville Fashion Week. She became a fashion contributor to The Tennessean and was recruited to join the 12h & Broad team where we think her title should be “Magic Maker”. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram @codieannie
Ashley Schneider, Events Planner
Ashley grew up in Jackson, Tenn. and attended Kansas University where she majored in Journalism. She has lived in Nashville eight years and is passionate about volunteerism and living an active, athletic lifestyle. Her professional background includes sales, marketing and editorial roles. She splits her time between planning events for 12th & Broad and working with The Tennessean’s editorial department. Find her on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @ashleys0203
Knight Stivender, General Manager
I grew up in Mt. Juliet (East East Nashville), graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Journalism degree, and I’ve worked at The Tennessean as a reporter, columnist, editor, and in various director positions including digital and community engagement. Find me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram @knightstivender.
Incubation Team: David Anesta, Brian Barry, Emily Daniel, Kristin Eastman, Jonathan Houghton, and Dave Paulson
Community Advisers: Ruby Amanfu, Sara Broun, Chuck Bryant, AnaLee Canto, Kristyn Corder, Meredith Crowley, Laurie Davis, Andrew Duthie, Mackenzie Grosser, Sarah Clark Hannah, Jon Henshaw, Beth Inglish, Kia Jarmon, Kate Lowry, Tony Marks, Connie McGee, Jackson Miller, Lisa Purcell, Connie Richardson, Amanda Saad, Courtney Seiter, Andy Snyder, Stacie Standifer, Jenny Steuber, Kelly Tipler, Cindy Wall , Jacob Weiss, Erin Wenzel, Traci Wilde, Becca Wilson, and Melissa Wyllie.