The Little Art House: Investing in the Community

By: Evins Roddy

A Quick Introduction

Two sisters, Emma Lancaster Bradford and Leighton Lancaster Bryant, started the Little Art House with the dream of inspiring creativity in their community. Beginning their careers with majors in Studio Art and in the Nashville public school systems, the sisters wished to support education, teachers, and the arts within the Nashville area. With their studios in Hillsboro Village and Sylvan Park, they also offer satellite locations around the city. The studio offers both children and adult classes, with the hope to inspire creativity and a passion for the arts within all ages alike.

Two smiling artists with paint-splattered aprons for The Scout Guide.

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Additionally, the children focused classes often take shape in the form of summer camp, and work to integrate visual art and creativity into the youth. The adult classes allow for a local artist to come to the studio and teach a class on their trade. The children’s classes during the school year offer a more educational structure, and the Little Art House partners with multiple local schools and educational centers. The Little Art House Foundation works to support local teachers, aid in nonprofits and after school care, and donate to important causes within the community. The sisters enjoy being present in the Nashville community, meeting students, and intentionally fostering creativity.

Three people in a cheerful meeting for The Scout Guide around a table with creative supplies.


The Little Art House is looking to franchise into different cities with a similar size to Nashville. The Little Art House needs an empowered member of a new community, with a passion for the arts and education. If you are interested, please refer to their website here. This role is not necessarily suited for someone classically trained in art or education, but who wants to passionately expand art in their area. Personal connections, involvement, and creativity are crucial to the values of the Little Art House.

Adult guides child in art project, embodying The Scout Guide spirit.

Summer Q&A:

Q: Favorite thing to do in Nashville during the summer…

A: Creek swims, front porch hangouts with our dog!

Q: Favorite Nashville resturaunt right now?

A: Martin’s BBQ & Answer.

Q: Favorite Nashville art event?

A: The Frist is bringing back “Frist Fridays” with live entertainment and fun!

A woman reading to attentive children in a bright art studio with The Scout Guide.

Photography: Keeli Faith