Our Impact

we all play a role  

Arts are the foundation of our culture. They speak to our past, our present and our future with an authenticity and integrity that ultimately create the voice of our community. Often art is taken for granted, but it never should be. Artists write, dance, perform, teach, sing, conduct, and create in ways that many of us can only imagine.

In order to continue to expand the foundation of art in our community, we must first appreciate that art is not created in a vacuum. Performers would not be rewarded without an audience. Audiences would not be inspired without performances. Without the contributions of all parties, art would cease to exist.

At ArtsMemphis, our purpose as a granting organization is to expand the foundation of art for our city with diligent, thoughtful, diverse, intentional support. While we have distributed over $87 million since 1963 to artists and arts organizations, our support is not simply through good stewardship of donor dollars, but also providing financial guidance, organizational advice, marketing support, and networking advantages. Whether a donor, patron, educator, artist, or stagehand, together, we are all contributors to the arts.

When you give to ArtsMemphis you are part of a $2.2+ million investment in 64+ arts groups and hundreds of artists that provide arts experiences across Shelby County.

 A list of our 2021 donors can be found here.   

To discover the true impact we have on the arts in Memphis, read the FY2021 Impact Report here.

FY21 Grantees

Organizations

ACT/YADA
AngelStreet Memphis
Arkwings Foundation
Arrow Creative
Ballet Memphis
Ballet On Wheels
Beale Street Caravan
Blues City Cultural Center
Buckman Performing Arts Center
Carpenter Art Garden
Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Company
Children's Ballet Theater
Circuit Playhouse, Inc.
Collage Dance
Creative Aging Memphis
Crosstown Arts
Crosstown Radio Partnership
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Elmwood Cemetery
Germantown Community Theatre
Gilliam Foundation
GPAC
Harmonic South String Orchestra
Hattiloo Theatre
Indie Memphis
IRIS Orchestra
Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Inc.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Memphis Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association
Memphis Jazz Workshop
Memphis Library Foundation
Memphis Choral Arts
Memphis Museums, Inc.
Memphis Music Initiative
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul, Inc.
Memphis Slim Collaboratory
Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Memphis Youth Symphony Program
Metal Museum
Methodist Healthcare Foundation
Music Export Memphis
National Civil Rights Museum
Neighborhood Christian Centers
New Ballet Ensemble & School
New Day Children's Theatre
On Location: Memphis
Opera Memphis
Orpheum Theatre Group
Overton Park Shell (formerly Levitt Shell)
Perfecting Gifts
Playback Memphis
PRIZM Ensemble
RiverArtsFest, Inc.
Soulsville Foundation
SubRoy Movement
Tennessee Shakespeare Company
The Arts Café
The Blues Foundation, Inc.
The Memphis Challenge
Theatre Memphis
TheatreWorks
Tone
University of Memphis Dept. of Theatre and Dance
UrbanArt Commission
Young Actors Guild

FY20 Grantees

Organizations

AngelStreet 
Arkwings Foundation
Ballet Memphis
Ballet on Wheels Dance School
Beale Street Caravan
Beethoven Club
Blues City Cultural Center
Buckman Performing Arts Center at St. Mary's School
Carpenter Art Garden
Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group
Children's Ballet Theater
Circuit Playhouse, Inc.
Collage Dance Collective
Creative Aging Memphis
Crosstown Arts
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Downtown Church
Elmwood Cemetery
Germantown Community Theatre
Gilliam Foundation
GPAC
Harmonic South String Orchestra
Hattiloo Theatre
Indie Memphis
IRIS Orchestra
Kingdom Community Builders - Orange Mound Veteran's Association
Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Inc.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Memphis Boychoir, Inc
Memphis Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association
Memphis Equity Through Arts - META Inc.
Memphis Fashion Design Network dba Arrow Creative
Memphis Jewish Community Center
Memphis Library Foundation
Memphis Men's Chorale dba Memphis Choral Arts
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Memphis Slim Collaboratory
Memphis Symphony Orchestra 
Memphis Wind Symphony
Metal Museum
Methodist Healthcare Foundation
Music Export Memphis
Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc.
New Ballet Ensemble & School
New Day Children's Theatre
OFF THE WALLS
Opera Memphis
Orpheum Theatre Group
OUTMemphis
Overton Park Shell (formerly Levitt Shell)
Perfecting Gifts Inc.
Playback Memphis
PRIZM Ensemble
Quark Theatre
RiverArtsFest, Inc.
Soulsville Foundation
SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION 
Tennessee Shakespeare Company
The Arts Cafe
The Blues Foundation
The CLTV (Collective)
The Memphis Challenge
Theatre Memphis
TheatreWorks
Tipton Fine Arts Council
United Housing, Inc.
UrbanArt Commission
Voices of the South
Youth Artist Development Academy

FY19 Grantees

Organizations

Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, Inc.
AngelStreet
Ballet Memphis
Beale Street Caravan
Beethoven Club
Buckman Performing Arts Center at St. Mary's School
Caritas Village
Carpenter Art Garden
Center for Transforming Communities
Circuit Playhouse, Inc.
Collage Dance Collective
Creative Aging Memphis
Crosstown Arts
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Elmwood Cemetery
Germantown Community Theatre
GPAC
Hattiloo Theatre
Indie Memphis
IRIS Orchestra, Inc.
Latino Memphis
Lauderdale County Council of Arts
Luna Nova Music
Main Street Collierville
Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Inc.
Memphis Boychoir, Inc
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Memphis Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association
Memphis Choral Arts
Memphis Jewish Community Center
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Memphis Wind Symphony 
Metal Museum
Music Export Memphis
National Civil Rights Museum
Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc.
New Ballet Ensemble and School
New Day Children's Theatre
Opera Memphis
Orpheum Theatre Group
Overton Park Conservancy
Overton Park Shell (formerly Levitt Shell)
Playback Memphis
PRIZM Ensemble
Parks & Neighborhood Division, City of Memphis
RiverArtsFest, Inc.
Soulsville Foundation
Spiritual Foundation, Inc.
Tennessee Shakespeare Company
The Blues Foundation
The Collective (CLTV)
The Withers Collection
Theatre Memphis
TheatreWorks
Total Spirit Connection Ministries
Transformations Autism Treatment Center
Turtle Island Native American Association
University of Memphis
UrbanArt Commission
Visible Community Music School
Voices of the South
 

Artists

Sharon Havelka
Jed Jackson
Chuck Johnson
Lacy Mitcham Veteto
Aisha Raison
Juan Rojo

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