Arts Build Communities


Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant   

What is ABC?

The Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) offers the Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program in partnership with ArtsMemphis for organizations seeking support in the following West TN counties: Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, Tipton.  (Overall, 13 designated agencies administer the ABC program on behalf of TAC in all 95 counties of the state.)

The Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises.

If your organization is new to grant applications, this grant is a great way to get started!  Call one of our staff members listed at the bottom of this page to learn more.


In 2022:

  • $70,651 in ABC grants funds were distributed.
  • 20,573 people were engaged by ABC activities, including 4,857 youth.


The FY24 Arts Build Communities grant will open April 3, 2023.





2023 Arts Build Communities Grantees

2023 Arts Build Communities Grantees

AngelStreet Memphis | AngelStreet Spring Concert Event
Arkwings Foundation| Frayser Local Arts Festival
Arrow Creative| Marketplace in Motion
Bridges INC.| BRIDGES Community Murals
Buckman Performing Arts Center at St. Mary's School| Suidy Garrido Flamenco Company Residency
Carpenter Art Garden | Part Time Art Coordinator
Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group | Latin Fest 2022
Collage Dance Collective | Brazil by Day & Brazil by Night
Crosstown Radio Partnership | Meeting in the Middle
Elmwood Cemetery | Soul of the City 2022
IRIS Orchestra | Intersections: Iris Collective Residency with Randall Goosby, violin; Zhu Wang, piano
Memphis Challenge | Tell Me A Story: Speaking Truth To Youth
Memphis Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association | MCAOSA Presents! Creativity and SEL in the Music Classroom
Memphis Jewish Community Center | Drawn Together Art Exhibition
Memphis Men's Chorale DBA Memphis Choral Arts | Sondheim Singalong
Memphis Public Interest Law Center | Evicted
Methodist Healthcare Foundation | MusicRx 
National Civil Rights Museum | 2022 Ruby Bridges Reading Festival
Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. | Spring Jam 2023
RiverArtsFest, Inc. | Expansion of RiverArtsFest's Community & Arts Education 
Trezevant Manor Foundation | Arts Fair at Trezevant
Vollintine Evergreen Community Assoc. - V&E Greenline | V&E Greenline Artwalk 2022
Volunteer Odyssey | Volunteers for the Arts
WeNspire Association | Creative Motions

2022 Arts Build Communities Grantees

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact our Grants and Initiatives Department:
Tracy Lauritzen Wright, Chief Operating Officer [email protected]
Bryce Goodloe, Programs & Operations Manager [email protected]
ArtsMemphis (901) 578-2787

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