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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 FY20 ArtsFirst application is now open.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen McCartney, Grants and Initiatives Manager, at [email protected] (901) 578-2787.



2019 ArtsFirst Grantees

2019 ArtsFirst Grantees

Angel Street | Discover your Purpose: Graham Heights
Ballet Memphis | Capital Campaign
Carpenter Art Garden | After School Art Programs
Circuit Playhouse | Theatre Access for All
Collage Dance Collective | The Collage Ballet Conservatory Turns 10: Design of a Decade
Creative Aging Memphis | Presenting Sponsorship
Crosstown Arts | Capital Campaign
Dixon Gallery and Gardens | Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution
GPAC | Capital Campaign
Indie Memphis | Film Festival Sponsorship
Levitt Shell | Capital Campaign
Metal Museum | 40th Anniversary Exhibitions
Orpheum Theatre | Auction Sponsorship
Playback Music | Bringing the transformative power of Playback theatre into under-resourced schools in Frayser
RiverArtsFest | Art in the Making
Soulsville Foundation |Stax Museum of American Soul Music Soul Explosion
Tennessee Shakespeare Company | Sponsorship
Theater Memphis | Presenting Sponsorship

2018 ArtsFirst Grantees

2018 ArtsFirst Grantees

Angel Street | Operational Support
Ballet Memphis | Peter Pan
Circuit Playhouse | Theatre Outreach Programming Support
Collage Dance Collective | Turning Pointe Outreach Program
Company d | LOCAL: Impressions
Creative Aging | Fall Fundraiser-Sponsorship
Crosstown Arts  | Lifeworks Collaborative Project
Dixon Gallery and Gardens | El Taller de Grafica Popular Exhibition
GPAC | Capital Campaign
Hattiloo Theatre | Strengthening our Core
Memphis Brooks Museum | 2018 Wine + Food Series
Metal Museum  | Exhibition Support for Alchemy4 and FORGE
New Ballet Ensemble | Scholarships
Opera Memphis | McCleave Project, Phase 2
Orpheum Theatre | Story Pirates
Playback Memphis | Be the Peace in Frayser
RiverArtsFest | Art in the Making, Arts Education
Soulsville Foundation | Stax Spring Concert: Tribute to 1968
Tennessee Shakespeare Company | Operational Support
Theatre Memphis | Presenting sponsorship
Urban Art Commission | Revisiting: Projects and events sited around existing public art

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact our Grants and Initiatives 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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