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"I love that Stax is connecting us to our musical heritage while developing the talents of local young people. I love that Creative Aging provides support for performing artists while enhancing the lives of our seniors. I love that Decorative Arts Trust continues to grow dynamically in its support for Brooks Museum to provide a museum with something for everyone. "
Joy Jefferson, Veteran Officer, Memphis Police Department
I support Playback Memphis because it was a partner in the Community Police Relations project. Working with Playback was a breathtaking experience for every police officer in the room: we laughed, we cried, but most importantly, it made us human again. The realization that officers continuously experience trauma of others and rarely receive a chance to express their emotions was exposed. Playback had such an impact that I wish they could share this experience with every officer.
Katie McWeeney, artist and Crosstown Arts event coordinator
I am so thrilled to be in the middle of all the projects, collaborations, and opportunities at Crosstown Arts right now: the gallery, the 430 N. Cleveland venue and the Cleveland Street Flea Market. Just this week, Crosstown Arts' after school program, Story Booth, opened its doors to the public!
I support the arts in Memphis because it our city's most honest and motivated voice. Creatives never quit.
I am particularly excited about Crosstown Arts (it will revitalize the area) the new building Hattiloo Theatre will be getting, also excited about the new project the Orpheum is working on now!!
I love the arts, and my son is an artist and MCA graduate and in my opinion a thriving arts scene in a community is a sign of growth, continual learning and exploration.
Being a visual artist, I'd have to say that Crosstown Arts and Urban Arts are the two most exciting organizations here in Memphis, for me.
I support ArtsMemphis because the arts are so important to a community, in ways subtle and overt. If children don't receive art education, vital components of their ability to learn and process information are lacking. We need the arts because they show us a different way, a spiritual way; and we so need that here in our place and time.
Hattiloo Theater and Crosstown Arts are my favorite arts projects right now. And I am very excited about all of the new growth and development on Broad Street in Midtown.
I support and value Opera Memphis above all other arts groups. Memphis College of Art is also a unique and valuable asset.
I love all the live theater we have in Memphis, from the Orpheum to high school plays. The Arts Card makes it possible for me to afford to go to shows at Theater Memphis and several other theaters. I took my son to see Romeo & Juliet at GPAC this month, and I am excited about several other plays that are coming up.
ArtsMemphis supporting the Stax Museum and the Soulsville Foundations programs is important because it keeps the past and present connected in our community.
I like that Memphis is diverse in artistic talent...not only in theatre and fine art, but in hundreds of artists with talents in fiber arts, literary arts, etc.
The Five in One Social Club is pretty exciting - so are Ballet Memphis and New Ballet Ensemble. Those two ballet companies are by far my favorite because of how well they pull in audience members that may not typically get an opportunity to go see a ballet performance. New Ballet Ensemble even brings in Memphis dance like jookin'.
And then, although it's a store and a place for workshops, Five in One is exciting because it is a place where you can go and easily support local artists' work AND learn how to do something new.
I support Arts Memphis because by carrying out and extending over and above its stated mission, Arts Memphis has helped make Memphis the thriving, exciting and vibrant arts city that it is.
Ham Smythe IV
I support New Ballet Ensemble.
The Arts are the center of our culture. And they are the best manifestation of our unique American right of free expression.
I support ArtsMemphis because it brings all of the arts organizations together and courages collaboration. We all bring something unique and relevant to the table of the Memphis arts community. We all hold the same mission to provide the community with the best arts opportunities through experience, education and entertainment. Whether we paint, sing, dance, build, act, sew, melt, teach, plant, write, tune, orate, hang or however we add to the arts landscape, we are stronger when we collaborate, partner and support each other.
Chatterbox Audio Theater is making the talent of Memphis available to the world. We have about 10,000 visitors to our website every month, 98% of whom are outside Tennessee.
The creativity of Memphians is astounding. Everywhere you look, people are creating something new, often with very few resources. This creates a vibrancy that is equaled by few cities our size.
ArtPOPCulture, organized by the Brooks Teen Program. While the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has served area teenagers since 1969 through its Mid-South Scholastic Awards, the museum is enjoying success toward its long-held goal of engaging teenagers more directly with art. Its new Brooks Teen Program brings together high-school students from all over the city throughout the school year, giving them a chance to learn about art and to curate their own exhibition entitled artPOPculture. The exhibition opens this weekend with ART POP CULTURE FEST, with t-shirt designing and art-making, including music and food. It’s free to teens. The arts are an important component of what makes Memphis great. The fact that Memphis has an outstanding art museum in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art makes a tremendous impression on people visiting Memphis or moving here. It also makes a great impression on executives at companies who might be considering moving operations to Memphis.