ArtsMemphis works with City and the County officials to leverage the arts to attract and retain creative, entrepreneurial talent. For example, CEO & President Elizabeth Rouse is currently serving on the Mayor’s Nonprofit Advisory Council.
The Nonprofit Advisory Council is also involved with "Memphis 3.0"—the City's first strategic plan in four decades, aimed at creating livable, sustainable neighborhoods and strengthening the quality of life for all residents. As part of this effort, ArtsMemphis has representation on a working group, which we hope will generate a cultural plan within the larger planning process. (One of our grantee organizations, UrbanArt Commission, is also involved in this endeavor, and they are helping to bring a number of local artists into direct dialogue with the planners and policymakers who are working on Memphis 3.0.)
In addition to our involvement with the Mayor's Nonprofit Advisory Council, ArtsMemphis holds memberships in the Greater Memphis Chamber, the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, and the Memphis Grantmakers Forum. These partnerships reflect our vision of an inclusive, equitable arts environment that unites, and serves, every Memphis resident.