RiverArtsFest is the longest-running fine arts festival in the region and attracts thousands of visitors every year. There are over 180 gallery artists represented, live musical entertainment, street performances, local artists, projects for kids, food, and more! The two-day festival presents the rich, cultural artistic diversity and talent from all over the Mid-south and across the country.
What does RiverArtsFest do the other 363 days of the year once this incredible festival comes to an end? Besides putting in countless hours to ensure they host an excellent weekend, the RiverArtsFest team works on Community Reinvestment. All of the money raised from the annual festival goes directly into funding for their numerous education initiatives. These initiatives include: Art Scholarships, Collaboration with local arts organizations, the Special Resources Fund, and the Art in the Making program.
RiverArtsFest’s Art in the Making program is a school-based initiative that is currently active in 11 Shelby County Schools. This program reaches 1,600 students of all ages every year. Students can experience master classes and workshops taught by professional artists at no cost to the student or the school. Artists such as George Hunt, Chuck Johnson, Obayana Ajanaku, Katey Henriksen, and more have taught young artists in Memphis through this program. In addition to the master classes and workshops offered, RiverArtsFest provides four SCS schools with the resources to offer Advanced Placement 3D Art to their students.
RiverArtsFest will be returning to Riverside Drive again this year. Join in on the fun between Jefferson and Beale Street. Your attendance and support of the festival is what makes it possible for the RiverArts staff to engage in Community Reinvestment and give back to local artists. RiverArtsFest is happening this weekend October 26th - 27th!