ArtsFirst

Stax Music Academy
at the Levitt Shell

ArtsFirst Grants

What is ArtsFirst?

Art lifts our spirits and expands our horizons. Because art plays a vital role in a healthy community, expressing the diversity within our common humanity, the First Horizon Foundation is a long-time supporter of the arts through ArtsFirst, a program to promote excellence and enrichment in the arts in Memphis. Leveraging the grant-making expertise of ArtsMemphis while ensuring a continued significant impact in the community. The grant panel is composed of First Horizon Foundation representatives, who make all funding decisions.

The First Horizon Foundation focuses contributions to strengthen these vital signs of a strong community:

  • Arts & Culture: Promoting excellence and enrichment in the arts
  • Education & Leadership: Educating, developing the next generation of leaders
  • Environment: A more sustainable tomorrow, future
  • Financial Literacy: Investing in the financial future
  • Health & Human Services: Improving the well-being of our communities

 

The FY22 ArtsFirst application will open on October 1, 2021. 

Please check this page after October 1st for details and more information. 

 

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2021 ArtsFirst Grantees

2021 ArtsFirst Grantees

Arrow Creative | Youth Summer Camp Scholarships
Ballet Memphis | Capital Campaign 
Carpenter Art Garden | Mosaic Programs
Collage Dance Collective | Capital Campaign 
Creative Aging Memphis | Operating Support
Crosstown Arts | Capital Campaign
Dixon Gallery and Gardens | Black Artists in America: 1929-1954
GPAC | Capital Campaign
Hattiloo Theatre l Sensory Friendly Shows
Levitt Shell | Operating Support
New Ballet Ensemble l Springloaded Gala 2021 
Opera Memphis l Company Artists Sponsorship
Orpheum Theatre | Annual Auction
Soulsville Foundation |Stax Music Academy’s Music Career Fair and Spring Showcase
Tennessee Shakespeare Company | Season Sponsorship
Theater Memphis | Season Sponsorship and Capital Campaign 
Tone (formerly The CLTV) | Juneteenth Gala
UrbanArt Commission l Revisiting and Responding Project

2020 ArtsFirst Grantees

2020 ArtsFirst Grantees

Ballet Memphis | Capital Campaign
Carpenter Art Garden | After School Art Programs
Collage Dance Collective | Operating Support  
Crosstown Arts | Capital Campaign
Dixon Gallery and Gardens | Illuminating the Word: Saint John's Bible
GPAC | Capital Campaign
Hattiloo Theatre l Hattiloo Season 15
Levitt Shell | Capital Campaign
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art l Vive le Brooks 2020
Metal Museum | Exhibition Support
New Ballet Ensemble l Scholarship Program Support 
Opera Memphis l Bohème on Beale Street
Orpheum Theatre | Auction Sponsorship
RiverArtsFest | Art in the Making
Soulsville Foundation |Soulsville Foundation Youth Professional Development
Tennessee Shakespeare Company | Season Sponsorship
The CLTV (Collective) | Sponsorship
Theater Memphis | Season Sponsorship and Capital Campaign
UrbanArt Commission l Movable Collection Program

Contact Us

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

Tracy Lauritzen Wright, Chief Operating Officer [email protected]

Colleen Chandler, Grants and Initiatives Manager [email protected]

ArtsMemphis (901) 578-2787

 

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ArtsMemphis is a registered Non-Profit Public Charity.

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