Nashville Announces its New Class of Rising Creatives

Mayor Megan Barry signed a proclamation last year officially declaring Saturday, October 22nd as Creatives’ Day in Nashville, TN. Creatives’ Day is a time of recognition dedicated to individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for innovation. It includes, but is not limited, to musicians, songwriters, visual artists, film art professionals, makers, journalists, photographers, dancers, and creative entrepreneurs living and working in Nashville, TN and surrounding counties.  Read on for a special announcement about the inaugural class of Creatives on the Rise!
























This year the Creatives Day Committee of Nashville launched it’s first ever “Creatives on The Rise” social media award campaign. The goal of this annual campaign is to honor the Creatives in Nashville and surrounding counties that are rising above their creative counterparts in various industries. Residents of Nashville and surrounding counties nominated their favorite Creative within a two-week timeframe. Over 125 names were submitted for consideration, but only 23 Creatives were selected. Each winner will be featured in a YouTube campaign that will highlight their creative process in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as well as the Nashville Public Library.

“This annual award is about recognizing those Creatives that continue to bring tremendous value to the Middle Tennessee region,” explained Creatives’ Day Chair, Brian Sexton. “This campaign is also about breaking up silos and connecting community residents and leaders to our creative community so that we can network, problem solve and collaborate together around the issues impacting Nashville.”

This year’s list of “Creatives on The Rise” winners include Lily C. Hansen, Jake Elliott, Omari Booker, Donna Woodley, Katie Wolf, Jamal Jenkins, Michael B. Hicks, Emoni Wilkins, Jason Eskridge, Rashad Rayford, Mike Floss, D’Llisha Davis, Jama Mohamed, Ciona Rouse, Anasa Troutman, Kristen Chapman Gibbons, Kelly Huddleston, Dj Jazzy T, Matt Kenigson, Joshua Lewis, Tammy O’Connor, Alyx Walker, Zach and Dorinda Walker.

“I am so incredibly grateful to live in such a supportive city and community. What an inspiration for how things could be if we all cheered one another on instead of always trying to be right. Everything that is wrong with our national government is made right in Nashville’s creative ecosystem,” Lily C. Hansen, Journalist and 2017 Creative on The Rise winner, says.

I am a proud member of the Creatives on the Rise and helped support bringing this project to life.  Thanks to the entire team and executive board of Creatives Day for the team effort.

Karla (KB) Burnett is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Sociology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from Bethel University.  She is a Nashville Native and Lifestyle Blogger; a Free Spirit, and a Music Lover. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  You can listen to her as she co-hosts “The Scenario Radio Show” by downloading the app “Radio Free Nashville” or streaming the archives here. She also launched “Shoebox Consulting” for support and coaching for If you need help starting your own blog.  You may join her blogging community or click here for your free consultation. Or you can always email:

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