ArtsMemphis is honored to host Americans for the Arts this weekend for the annual National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference, November 10-13, 2017. We are excited to have the opportunity to highlight a few of our grantees during the course of the event
Stax Music Academy’s Street Corner Harmonies will perform classical anthems, Negro Spirituals, funk, and more. That afternoon, Ballet Memphis will perform.
Saturday night, ArtsMemphis will host the Conference Opening Reception at Clayborn Temple. We are excited to show off Clayborn Temple which has recently been named a National Treasure by the National Trust of Historic Places. Outside of Clayborn we will have Beale Street Caravan on site. For more than 20 years, BSC has been capturing and exporting the sounds of Memphis and the Delta region attracting more than 2.4 million listeners each week with The Sounds of Memphis radio program.
Indoor performances will feature New Ballet Ensemble & School in a Dance Off/Sing Off with Opera Memphis. This competition will be exciting!
New Ballet Ensemble & School will start the day at the Peabody Hotel with a performance featuring the Memphis urban dance form, Jookin. The afternoon performance will feature a contemporary dance piece by Collage Dance Collective.
The NAMP Conference will include two excursion sessions which will take attendees to Stax Museum of America Soul Music, National Civil Rights Museum, and Center for Transforming Communities who will host Caritas Village. Stax’s legacy is inextricably tied to Memphis, and more specifically, to Soulsville, which is arguably one of the most talent-packed neighborhoods in the world. The National Civil Rights Museum is a complex of historic museums whose exhibits trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. Center for Transforming Communities is dedicated to the holistic transformation of communities in and around Memphis. This goes hand in hand with Caritas Village who uses art, music, theatre, and connections to creatively join people together from many different ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.