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 2021:

  • $47,100 in ABC grants.
  • 53,760 people were engaged by ABC activities, including 14,669 youth.
  • Project-related donations of goods and services were valued at $96,008, including 376 volunteers working 3,344 hours.

The FY23 Arts Builds Communities Grant is now closed.

The FY24 Arts Build Communities grant will be announced in Spring 2023.




2022 Arts Build Communities Grantees

2021 Arts Build Communities Grantees

2021 Arts Build Communities Grantees

Arkwings Foundation
Arrow Creative
Ballet On Wheels Dance School
Buckman Performing Arts Center at St. Mary's School
Carpenter Art Garden
Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group
Crosstown Radio Partnership
Elmwood Cemetery
Gilliam Foundation
LeeJazzOmega, Inc
Memphis Challenge
Memphis Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association
Memphis Library Foundation
Memphis Men's Chorale (DBA Memphis Choral Arts)
Memphis Museums, Inc.
Methodist Healthcare Foundation
National Civil Rights Museum
Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc.
New Day Children's Theatre
Pyramid Music Program (dba Memphis Youth Symphony Program)
RiverArtsFest, Inc.
The Arts Cafe

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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