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.