Arts Build Communities

Artistik Approach at Artspace Lofts
photo: Alyssa Kelley

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.

In 2018:

$49,453 in ABC grants resulted in additional investment of $816,000.

79,000 people were engaged by ABC activities, including 57,000 youth.

Project-related donations of goods and services were valued at $183,527, including 854 volunteers working 16,291 hours.


The FY20 Arts Build Communities Grant is now closed.

The FY21 Arts Builds Communities Grant will open Spring 2020.




2018 Arts Build Communities Grantees

2017 Arts Build Communities Grantees


If you have questions, please contact our Grants and Initiative Department:

Tracy Lauritzen Wright, Chief Operating Officer [email protected]

Colleen McCartney, Grants and Initiatives Manager [email protected]

ArtsMemphis (901) 578-2787


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