Invest in the arts for a powerful return in the future.

Our Mission

ArtsMemphis sustains Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthens local communities through the arts. 

In fiscal year 2020, we awarded 283 grants to 71 local organizations and 137 artists, totaling nearly $2.8 million in annual funding. All of this is possible because of the support from 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).
— Every dollar we raise helps us support local arts groups and artists.In fiscal year 2020, we awarded grants to 71 arts organizations and 137 individual artists.

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

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

— At full operational capacity, 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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