Conservation Through Art

Conservation Through Art

presented by

Regions Bank

Honoring John Dobbs Jr.

Tommie and Billy Dunavant
Honorary Chairs

Trow Gillespie and Chuck Smith

Honoree Dinner at Crosstown Concourse
Saturday, November 3, 2018
$1,000 per person

Camo & Cocktails (location TBA)

Saturday, September 22, 2018
$150 per person

About Conservation Through Art

Conservation Through Art (CTA) is a biennial event, co-hosted by ArtsMemphis and Ducks Unlimited, which raises money for two of our region’s greatest assets: wildlife and the arts. Founded in 2005, CTA brings together arts patrons and wildlife enthusiasts in creating a collective philanthropic legacy. In fact, over the last thirteen years, this partnership has raised over $5 million – helping to conserve thousands of acres of wetlands and provide grants for 80 local arts groups and artists.

These two unlikely partners – ArtsMemphis and Ducks Unlimited – share a commitment to sustaining treasures which enrich lives from generation to generation. Whether it’s an awe-inspiring dance performance or a spectacular sunrise on the marsh, the arts and the outdoors serve to connect us to one another. 

Past Honorees

2005: Harry Phillips
2006: Billy Dunavant
2008: Allen Morgan & Henry Morgan
2010: George Dunklin & Steve Reynolds
2012: Trow Gillespie & Chuck Smith
2014: Spence, Bob & Kem Wilson
2016: Johnny Morris & Bill Rhodes


Founders & Advisory Council

Tommie & Billy Dunavant
Elizabeth & Trow Gillespie
Snow & Henry Morgan                                          
Susan & Chuck Smith
Anne & John Stokes


About the Beneficiaries

Founded in 1963, ArtsMemphis works to sustain Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. ArtsMemphis achieves that mission by amplifying awareness, driving support, and forging connections for artists and organizations. In 2017, ArtsMemphis awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to 72 different organizations and eight individual artists, thanks to support from more than 1,300 donors. The arts enhance the quality of life for Shelby County residents, and they are a key driver for our local economy – generating nearly $200 million in annual spending, and employing the equivalent of more than 6,000 full- time jobs.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest, private, non-profit, waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. Established in 1937, with the mission to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13.6 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and led by more than 50,000 dedicated volunteers, DU works toward the vision of wetlands and grasslands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.


Have questions or want more information about sponsorship opportunities? Contact Jana Tayloe at 901.341.0409 or [email protected]

One Gift Helps 80 Arts Groups and Artists

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