We're powering authentic assets in our community.

Our Mission

Here at ArtsMemphis, we’re working to sustain Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts.  

In 2019, we awarded 164 grants to 72 local arts groups and artists, totaling $2.5 million. All of this is possible because of the support we receive from more than 1,300 generous donors.


Our Vision and Values

We envision a Memphis in which every individual feels pride in our city’s authentic cultural assets and experiences the impact of the arts in their lives.  

In pursuit of that vision, we're guided by a commitment to AccessEquity and InclusionCreativity and Innovation, and Transparency.



Our Goals

  1. Amplify awareness and drive arts support
  2. Invest in, and forge connections for, artists and organizations 
  3. Model organizational effectiveness



Key Stats and Facts

— ArtsMemphis was founded by volunteer community leaders in 1963.

— We are one of the nation's largest United Arts Funds and were ranked 7th largest United Arts Funds campaign for the most recent fiscal year surveyed (2015).
— In fiscal year 2019, we awarded grants to 63 arts organizations and 9 individual artists.

— We've invested over $22 million into local arts and culture in the last ten years.

— Every dollar we raise helps us support local arts groups and artists.

— The groups and programs we support reach more than 2.5 million audience members in every zip code in Shelby County, including 700,000 youth..

— Our region's nonprofit arts groups support more than 6,000 local jobs and generate over $20 million per year in government revenue

Learn More About Our Commitment to Financial Responsibility

Click here to see our most recent IRS Form 990
Click here to see our most recent Audited Financials
Click here to see our most recent Annual Impact Report
Click here to view our WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth profile

One Gift Helps 80 Arts Groups and Artists

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