What is ArtsFirst?

ArtsFirst is the First Tennessee Foundation’s arts funding program administered by ArtsMemphis. ArtsFirst strengthens the Memphis community by combining First Tennessee Foundation’s commitment to supporting excellence and enrichment in the nonprofit arts sector with ArtsMemphis’ grant-making experience and knowledge. Funding decisions are made by a grant panel composed of First Tennessee Foundation representatives.

2017 ArtsFirst Funding

Grant deadline will be available Fall 2016.  Sign up here to receive updates.

2016 ArtsFirst Grant Recipients

Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival | 30th Anniversary Celebration

Ballet Memphis | Audience Building: Carnival of the Animals

Blues City Cultural Center | This Is Orange Mound

Carpenter Art Garden  | Arts engagement - Binghampton community

Circuit Playhouse, Inc. | Unrestricted support

Company d | Presenting Sponsorship, LOCAL

Creative Aging Memphis | Arts for Underserved Seniors

Crosstown Arts | Artist-led Digital Media Workshops

Dixon Gallery and Gardens | Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art

Hattiloo Theatre | Holiday Jamboree

Indie Memphis | Community Engagement Series

Levitt Shell | Stars at the Shell Benefit Concert/Preservation Campaign

Memphis BoyChoir, Inc. | Winter Music Program

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Presenting Sponsor - Centennial Exhibition, Red Grooms: Traveling Correspondent; Memphis Wine + Food Series

Memphis College of Art | Scholars Program

Memphis Symphony Orchestra | Holiday Concert

National Ornamental Metal Museum | Visible Storage Project

New Ballet Ensemble and School | Binghampton Residency/Summer Program

Orpheum | Eric Carle's Brown Bear

Playback Memphis | Memphis Matters/Community Matters Performances

RiverArtsFest, Inc. | Art in the Making

Soulsville Foundation | Live in Studio A at Stax Museum with Stax Music Academy Alumni Band

Tennessee Shakespeare Company | Henry V

Theatre Memphis | Presenting Season Sponsorship

Visible Music College | Madison Avenue Overlook