The 615 is a group of graphic and web designers in the Nashville (area code 615) area. They convene every other Tuesday and actually do talk about design during their meetings. Each member brings something new and different to the table and they all bounce ideas off one another in an effort to improve. The 615 occasionally holds contests within the group. Contests can range from logo designs to background designs to full interface designs. Every 6 months the site that belongs to the group is redesigned by a member of the group who can come up with the best layout and design strategy (voting is done within the group).
The 615's website URL is: http://www.the615.com
Membership in the group is fairly simple. All it requires is that the members be in the 615 area code, show up for at least SOME of the meetings and pay the bi-annual $30 (US) membership fee.