Conservation Through Art

 Conservation Through Art 2020

presented by

Regions Bank

Details to be announced Summer 2020


Katherine and John Hull Dobbs, Jr.


Elizabeth and Trow Gillespie

Susan and Chuck Smith


Honoree: Tommie Smith Dunavant

Tommie Dunavant and her husband, Billy, founded Conservation Through Art in 2005. They have generously provided support and leadership since that time as Advisory Council Members. Tommie was instrumental in the publications of First Shooting Light and Wild Abundance; she also created “Women in Camo” to support ArtsMemphis and Ducks Unlimited. Tommie served on the boards of Christian Brothers University, Rhodes College, and the National Coalition of Pastors' Spouses. She currently serves on the Board of Slingshot Memphis where she and her husband are seed funder. As the head of The Dunavant Foundation, she oversees and actively supports many causes and organizations in Memphis. Being a psychologist, she is particularly proud of the Tommie Dunavant Behavioral Center at the Church Health. Tommie’s greatest assets are her energy and constant encouragement of others.

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 $6 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
2018: John Hull Dobbs, Jr.


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 2019, ArtsMemphis awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to 73 different arts organizations and individual artists through 164 grants. These grantees provided over 2.5 million art experiences in Shelby County, including 700,000 for youth. 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 is recognized as one of North America’s largest and most effective conservation organizations. Our conservation efforts have conserved over 14 million acres of critical waterfowl habitat since our founding in 1937. We are most proud that our founders were duck hunters and the majority of our 744,000 members and our 54,000 volunteers are active hunters. Our conservation efforts are guided by science and the impact of our work has significant benefit to water and people. 


One Gift Helps 80 Arts Groups and Artists

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