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ArtsMemphis supporting local arts organizations through grants

By  Camille Connor , WMC TV | April 14, 2021 at 6:16 PM CDT |  link to video   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - ArtsMemphis is offering grant funding to organizations in West Tennessee in collaboration with the Tennessee Arts Commission. The grants are a part of the Arts Build Communities program. It is open to Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties. “They can apply for these grants to really help broaden access to arts experience,” said... Read More
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Applications open April 1 for TN Arts Commission Arts Build Communities Grant Program

The Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) offers the Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program in partnership with ArtsMemphis for organizations seeking support in the following West TN counties: Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, Tipton. The Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises. ... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021
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ArtsMemphis Awards Operating Support Grants to 48 Local Arts Organizations

MEMPHIS—This week, ArtsMemphis has announced its second round of fiscal year 2021 operating support grants, bringing the organization’s distribution total for this grant category to $850,000 across 48 arts organizations based in Memphis and Shelby County. “We recognize that unrestricted operating support is necessary to shape a dynamic and sustainable arts community,” said ArtsMemphis President & CEO Elizabeth Rouse. “In addition to the COVID-prompted Artist... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021
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ArtsMemphis Releases New Data Reflecting State of the Arts, Illustrating Continued Need for Industry Support

MEMPHIS—This week, ArtsMemphis has released new data on behalf of the local arts organizations it has funded, painting a picture of the continued need for community support of the arts sector. Following a $20 million loss in 2020, local arts organizations collectively project a 25% decrease in 2021 income compared to 2019’s pre-pandemic numbers.  “Our arts organizations have made strategic shifts in operations and programs in order to continue harnessing an audience... Read More
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A peaceful pandemic moment at Brooks - 'just me and the art' | Opinion

Elizabeth Rouse, Guest Columnist  Published February 23, 2021 | The Daily Memphian On a recent cold, dreary weekend afternoon, I arrived at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for the first time since the pandemic began. My role with ArtsMemphis had regularly brought me to the exquisite site for events, speakers and series, but this time, there was no agenda. It was just me and the art. My visit was one of raw, unexpected emotion and stands as one of my most enjoyable, unforgettable... Read More
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Agile and accessible investments in the age of COVID | Guest Column

Pat Danehy, Guest Columnist Published 12:18pm EST | Dec. 18, 2020 | Memphis Business Journal Like many, in December I reflect on accomplishments and challenges of the year and hopes for the future —with gratitude for the opportunity to do so. In both my professional and civic seats here in Memphis, the term “investment” is a constant. When one invests, it is the intent that the investment will yield a positive return. I’ve reflected upon the economic... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Monday, Dec 28, 2020
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Youth arts education is imperative | Opinion

Pat Mitchell-Worley, Guest Columnist  Published 4 a.m.| December 12. 2020 | The Daily Memphian I believe art is not just a “feel-good,” esoteric aesthetic. Art is not just about the intangible. Art is not just about the now. In a year weighed down by the daily struggle and short-term, significant impacts of a pandemic on our households, organizations and communities, we forget to look further. It’s almost impossible to look further. However, for our... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Saturday, Dec 12, 2020
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ArtsMemphis receives grant from Regions Foundation of Tennessee; Grant will support Shelby County arts organizations in 2021

MEMPHIS, TN, December 10, 2020— In conjunction with the inaugural Arts Week, ArtsMemphis today announced a grant from the Regions Foundation of Tennessee to provide financial support to arts organizations in the form of unrestricted grants. Arts Week, occurring from December 7 – 13, 2020, is a community-wide celebration spotlighting all that our local artists and organizations have created and accomplished throughout this unprecedented year. For over 20 years, the... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Wednesday, Dec 9, 2020
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In a time of pandemic and racial reckoning, we need art | Opinion

Rodney Sanders, Guest Columnist  Published 4:00 AM | December 9, 2020 | The Daily Memphian To celebrate the work artists and arts organizations have created in 2020 despite the pandemic, ArtsMemphis is introducing its inaugural Arts Week Dec. 7-13. ArtsMemphis provides grants to 70 arts organization, and this year supplied emergency funds to individual artists. From an early age, I’ve been drawn to the arts. I remember my third-grade teacher taking the class to see... Read More
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ArtsMemphis launches ‘Arts Week’ in a community changed, perhaps forever, by pandemic

Published in The Daily Memphian , December 2, 2020 | Chris Herrington “Someday soon we all will be together/If the fates allow/Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow.” Judy Garland debuted “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the 1944 film “Meet Me in St. Louis.” So devoted am I to director Vincente Minnelli’s movie musical that I had no idea until a couple of years ago that there are versions (looking at you, Sinatra)... Read More
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Arts Week celebrates the ‘aha!’ moments that change our lives | Opinion

Mia Henley, Guest Columnist Published: 4:00 a.m. | December 6, 2020 | The Daily Memphian “Who knew?” It's a phrase we have all uttered this year.  Who knew “Zoom” would be a word used daily? That 75-plus seniors would create phenomenal abstract paintings, and learn to write, and play the dulcimer — online?  That older adults would form new friendships through their online class communities? Who knew that talented local... Read More
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ARTSMEMPHIS INTRODUCES OFFICIAL “ARTS WEEK” CELEBRATION DECEMBER 7-13

MEMPHIS, November 30, 2020 — ArtsMemphis is proud to announce the inaugural Arts Week, an annual week-long celebration to showcase Memphis’ dynamic, diverse collection of artists and arts organizations. An officially-proclaimed week by both the City of Memphis and Shelby County, Arts Week will splash social media pages of artists and arts organizations, as well as marquees across Memphis neighborhoods and the Mighty Lights on the Memphis riverfront, to spotlight the significance... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Monday, Nov 30, 2020
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We Need to Invest in Local Arts | Opinion

Elizabeth Rouse, Guest Columnist Published: 4:00 a.m. CT | November 14, 2020 | The Daily Memphian We Need to Invest in Local Arts WHO WILL TELL OUR STORY? When we look back on this time, what will we see or remember? The ever-changing variables in today’s economic, social, political, and health landscape are difficult to define or, arguably, even describe. But despite the uncertainty, time and time again, I know who to turn to as our storytellers. Artists... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Monday, Nov 16, 2020
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ARTSMEMPHIS ANNOUNCES YEAR-END GIVING CAMPAIGN

ArtsMemphis is proud to announce its year-end fundraising campaign to respond to the significant needs of Memphis and Shelby County’s arts community. ArtsMemphis awarded $2.8 million to 71 local organizations and hundreds of artists and individuals employed in the arts sector just this year, and is calling for ongoing contributions to sustain this critical level of grant-making. In addition to its annual granting programs, ArtsMemphis instituted the Artist Emergency Relief Fund in... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Monday, Nov 9, 2020
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Shelby County Arts Organization COVID Impact Survey Results September 2020

The arts sector was one of the first to close in March and will be one of the last to fully reopen. While the impacts are devastating, arts organizations and artists continue to be resilient, creative, and collaborative during these challenging times. The financial overview, employee data and programming updates listed were collected through an ArtsMemphis survey in August and September 2020. 47 Shelby County arts nonprofits responded. $20MM Income Loss Projected for Fiscal Year 2020 ... Read More
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ArtsMemphis Receives $200,000 in Local CARES Act Funding

ARTSMEMPHIS RECEIVES $200,000 IN LOCAL CARES ACT FUNDING AND WILL PARTNER WITH MUSIC EXPORT MEMPHIS TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 MEMPHIS, September 10, 2020 — ArtsMemphis is honored to receive $200,000 in CARES Act funding through the City of Memphis to be redirected to artists and arts and culture sector workers who reside in Memphis. Emergency Relief Funds of up to $1,000 will support recovery from income losses due to canceled events, work shortages, or... Read More
Posted by Colleen McCartney at Thursday, Sep 10, 2020
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Daily Memphian Podcast: What ArtsMemphis is doing to support Memphis artists and institutions

 As ArtsMemphis works to distribute local and national philanthopic dollars, there is optimism that the creativity, collaboration, and experimentation taking place now will ultimate lead to an even stronger arts community.  Listen to the conversation, or watch the video as ArtsMemphis President & CEO, Elizabeth Rouse, is interviewed by Daily Memphian CEO Eric Barnes for The Extra Podcast .   Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020
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Emergency Fund Supports Hundreds of Local Artists

ArtsMemphis and Music Export Memphis provided Artist Emergency Funding from April 1 to June 17, 2020 to individuals within the sector who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, more than $307,000 has been distributed to 443 artists of all disciplines. A wide variety of artistic disciplines were represented in the pool of applicants. Grants administered to musicians were distributed by Music Export Memphis.  ArtsMemphis distributed $145,000 in funds as... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Tuesday, Jul 7, 2020
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ArtsMemphis Surveys Local Arts Patrons

ArtsMemphis, with the help of arts organizations in creation and distribution, launched a patron survey at the end of May. The survey was collected in two phases. Phase one ran from May 29 - June 12. Phase two ran from June 12 - 26. Responses have been edited for clarity and brevity, and some directives from the Shelby County Health Department have been revised since survey responses were received. Please visit health department website for the latest health and safety... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Tuesday, Jul 7, 2020
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ARTSMEMPHIS RECEIVES LOCAL AND NATIONAL FUNDING TO SUPPORT ARTS COMMUNITY’S IMMEDIATE NEEDS

MEMPHIS, July 2, 2020— ArtsMemphis is proud to announce $450,000 in local and national funding to assist the organization’s efforts in supporting the local arts community. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) selected ArtsMemphis as one of just 9 local arts agencies across the nation to receive $250,000 in CARES Act funding. In a separate announcement, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis (CFGM) selected ArtsMemphis to receive a $200,000 capacity building... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Thursday, Jul 2, 2020
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Artist Emergency Fund Distribution

ARTSMEMPHIS + MUSIC EXPORT MEMPHIS DISTRIBUTE $77,190 TO 159 LOCAL ARTISTS, SECURE NEW ROUND OF FUNDING FROM KRESGE FOUNDATION TO CONTINUE STABILIZING COVID-19 IMPLICATIONS MEMPHIS - This week, ArtsMemphis and Music Export Memphis are distributing $77,190 to 159 artists across Shelby County in direct response to their establishment of the Artist Emergency Fund, made possible by a Community Foundation of Greater Memphis COVID-19 Regional Response Fund grant and compounded with generous... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Wednesday, Apr 15, 2020
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Artist and Organization COVID-19 Survey Results

ArtsMemphis deployed a survey on March 18, 2020 to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on artists and cultural organizations in Shelby County. The purpose of the survey is to determine how ArtsMemphis and our community can best help and connect artists and organizations to resources. We will continue to accept responses and will update the data regularly. Responses (as of 4.13.20): Artists: 200 Organizations: 61 Organization survey data indicated the following: Total... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Tuesday, Apr 14, 2020
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Emergency Fund Established to Support Individual Artists in Response to COVID-19

MEMPHIS, April 1, 2020— Today, ArtsMemphis launches its Artist Emergency Fund , a $50,000 emergency granting process made possible by the generosity of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and the Assisi Foundation. ArtsMemphis was designated as a beneficiary of $25,000 from the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, who is collectively contributing over $415,000 to community agencies across sectors to provide flexible... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
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Memphis' artistic energy rises above social distancing challenges | Opinion

Elizabeth Rouse, Guest Columnist Published 7:07 a.m. CT March 25, 2020 | The Commercial Appeal Social distancing restrictions hasn't stopped ArtsMemphis' mission to spread the arts across the Bluff City. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Elizabeth Rouse is president and CEO of ArtsMemphis, whose mission is to sustain Memphis’ world renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. Before this crisis confined us to our homes, some may not have yet... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
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Arts and Culture Sector United in Response to COVID-19

MEMPHIS, TN  (March 13, 2020) – The arts and culture sector continues to take precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of staff, artists and audience members and program participants by adhering to Shelby County Health Department, Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization recommendations. In a call today convened by Terri Lee Freeman, President & CEO of the National Civil Rights Museum and chair of the Memphis Cultural Coalition, thirty members... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Friday, Mar 13, 2020
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ArtsMemphis is getting noticed for positive change in our support for the local nonprofit arts community!

We’re proud of it, and we want to be sure you to know about it, too. The Daily Memphian published an article focusing on diversity in our city’s nonprofit board leadership. When they talk about organizations making intentional positive change, ArtsMemphis is at the top of the list. We are recognized for our equitable grant process. We are recognized for our work to diversify our board leadership. We are recognized for the purposeful changes we have made to ensure everyone feels... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020
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ArtsMemphis Awards Six Artist Grants; Schedules Exhibit to Showcase Work

MEMPHIS, TN (February 21, 2020) – ArtsMemphis has awarded $30,000 in grants to six local visual artists through its ArtsAccelerator program. The ArtsAccelerator Grants are incentive grants for visual artists who are at a critical juncture in their careers. The grant is intended to deepen and expand artistic work to advance the grant recipient’s artistic accomplishments. This year’s grant recipients are Karina Alvarez, Funlola Coker, Amber George, Johana Moscoso, Katrina... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Friday, Feb 21, 2020
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ArtsMemphis Enlists Goodwin PC as Partner in Office Data Security

  MEMPHIS, TN (February 11, 2020) – ArtsMemphis is thrilled to have Goodwin PC Systems & Support as its official technology and data security partner. The expert team at Goodwin PC works alongside the ArtsMemphis team to make sure all office technology needs are met and ensure all office computers and networks exceed industry standards.   ArtsMemphis recently completed an upgrade of its client database, an upgrade that would not have been possible without the... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020
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Memphis is One of Six Cities Participating in a national Creative Community Development Workshop hosted by ArtsMemphis

Memphis is One of Six Cities Participating in a national Creative Community Development Workshop hosted by ArtsMemphis ArtsMemphis has been selected by Americans for the Arts as one of six organizations in cities across the United States to host Artists at the Community Development Table Workshop . This program was developed to deepen the capacity of local artists and arts organizations to pursue arts-based solutions to community development.  ArtsMemphis has served as the... Read More
Posted by Colleen McCartney at Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020
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Thank you and welcome to 2020!

Thank You! Photo credit: Music Export Memphis “[Grant funding from ArtsMemphis] signifies that our work has been recognized as crucial to the arts ecosystem in Memphis, and that goes such a long way!” --  Music Export Memphis , ArtsMemphis Operating Support Grantee Who doesn’t love a thank you note? But, we know that the credit goes to you, our donors - so please give yourself a moment to consider the incredible  i mpact of your support... Read More
Posted by Colleen McCartney at Thursday, Jan 9, 2020
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Join us for the closing reception of Unfolding: The Next Chapter in Memphis.

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM ArtsMemphis, 575 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117 Through this bicentennial exhibit, Alexander speaks to the progression of artists, as well as the progression of Memphis in the 200 years the city has existed.  Artists displaying work in the show include: Lindsey Bailey, Anna Bearman, MB, Richard Echols, Beth Edwards, Jay Etkin, Amber George, Elisha Gold, Jed Jackson, Chuck Johnson, Paula Kovarik, Drea L. Powell, Tad... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019
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ArtsMemphis Announces $49,000 for Art Projects in four West Tennessee Counties

MEMPHIS, TN (October 16, 2019) – ArtsMemphis is pleased to announce Arts Build Communities grants have been awarded to thirty non-profit organizations in West Tennessee. The grants will be used for artistic and cultural projects that benefit Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale and Tipton counties.   Arts Build Communities (ABC) is a program funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) and administered by ArtsMemphis. ABC grants offer financial support for projects in arts... Read More
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Memphis Artist Nancy Cheairs Wins $10,000 Emmett O'Ryan Award

Memphis Artist Nancy Cheairs Wins $10,000 Emmett O'Ryan Award MEMPHIS, TN  (October 1, 2019) – ArtsMemphis is pleased to announce local visual artist Nancy Cheairs is the recipient of the ninth annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration. The award, known informally as "The Emmett," is given annually by Renasant Bank to a distinguished visual artist in Shelby County. It is named in honor of Emmett O'Ryan, a founding Board Member of... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019
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ArtsMemphis Awards $1.34 Million to Arts Organizations

MEMPHIS, TN (September 5, 2019) – ArtsMemphis is proud to announce $1.34 million in Operating Support Grants has been awarded to 45 arts organizations throughout Memphis and Shelby County for the year 2020. This is double the number of arts organizations impacted by Operating Support Grants since 2016.   Recognizing that unrestricted support is necessary to shape a dynamic and sustainable arts community, ArtsMemphis has expanded this cornerstone Operating Support Grant... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
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ArtsMemphis Announces New Board Officers and Members, Names Chief Operating Officer

MEMPHIS, TN (September 5, 2019) – ArtsMemphis is pleased to announce new officer and member appointments to its Board of Directors and the promotion of an existing staff member to the newly-created position of Chief Operating Officer.    Patrick Danehy, Principal, Client Communications with NewSouth Capital Management, has been named Board Chair. He joined the Board of Directors of ArtsMemphis in 2001 and has served as a member of the Finance Committee, Board treasurer... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
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ArtsMemphis Announces Art Show to Honor Bicentennial of Memphis and Shelby County

MEMPHIS, TN (May 28, 2019) -- In celebration of the 2019 bicentennial of Memphis and Shelby County, ArtsMemphis is proud to announce a special exhibition of visual art by local Memphis artists in the ArtsMemphis gallery.  An opening will be held in the ArtsMemphis offices at 575 South Mendenhall on June 7 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The exhibition theme is Unfolding: The Next Chapter in Memphis and speaks to the progression of artists, as well as the progression of Memphis in the... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Wednesday, May 29, 2019
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Announcing our 2019 ArtsAccelerator Grantees

ArtsMemphis is pleased to announce six Shelby County visual artists have been awarded a 2019 ArtsAccelerator Grant. These incentive grants are for artists at a critical juncture in their careers and are intended to deepen and expand artistic work to advance the grant recipient’s artistic accomplishments. This year’s recipients are: Sharon Havelka, Jed Jackson, Chuck Johnson, Lacy Mitcham, Aisha Raison, and Juan Rojo. Each artist will receive a grant of $5,000. This year is the... Read More
Posted by Colleen McCartney at Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
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ArtsMemphis Expands Impact by Increasing Operating Support to Record Number of Local Arts Organizations

MEMPHIS, TN  (February 1, 2019) – Recognizing that it is the work of the artists and art experiences happening every day that make Memphis an incredible city, ArtsMemphis has expanded its cornerstone program to include any organization in Shelby County with an arts-based mission, regardless of its history, genre or budget size. In 2018, ArtsMemphis provided operating support grants to 39 arts organizations totaling $1.3 million, up from 22 in 2016. Changes in eligibility and... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Friday, Feb 1, 2019
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ArtsMemphis Announces Staff Additions

MEMPHIS, TN  (January 16, 2019) – ArtsMemphis president and CEO, Elizabeth Rouse is pleased to announce two additions to the team of professionals. Josie Secher Ballin joined the ArtsMemphis team as Director of Marketing and Donor Engagement at the close of 2018, and Sarah Watkins joined as coordinator of Art by Design in early 2019. In this newly-created position, Ms. Ballin serves as a member of the organization’s leadership team and spearheads the organization’s... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
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Memphis Arts Community Unites For Federal Employees

MEMPHIS, TN (January 16, 2019) – During the federal government shutdown, ArtsMemphis is pleased to announce the availability of free admission and discounts to all federal employees at several Memphis arts organizations. Workers with a badge I.D. of all federal government departments will be granted free or discounted admission.  A list of participating organizations can be found on the ArtsMemphis website, www.artsmemphis.org/federalworkers . The site will be updated... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019
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Colleen McCartney Elected to Americans for the Arts’ Advisory Council

Colleen McCartney of ArtsMemphis Will Advise the Emerging Leaders Council Press Release: Memphis, TN, (December 14, 2018) —Members of Americans for the Arts have elected Colleen McCartney as a member of their advisory council for the Emerging Leaders Council. McCartney will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership. In the Emergin g Leaders Council , McCartney... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Friday, Dec 14, 2018
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Over $49,000 Awarded to Non-Profits For Community Arts Projects

Memphis, TN – (October 4, 2018) ArtsMemphis recently awarded Arts Build Communities (ABC) grants to thirty-one non-profit organizations for artistic projects that benefit the Memphis community. Arts Build Com munities is a program funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) and administered by ArtsMemphis. ABC grants offer financial support for projects in arts disciplines including dance, music, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, literature,... Read More
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Press Release: ArtsMemphis Announces 2018 Emmett O'Ryan Award Winner

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN  (June 4, 2018) – Local muralist and community activist Gerard Harris is the recipient of the eighth annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration.  The award, known informally as "The Emmett," is given annually by Renasant Bank to a distinguished visual artist in Shelby County.  It is named in honor of Emmett O'Ryan, a founding Board Member of Metropolitan Bank, which merged with... Read More
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Help Close the "Arts Gap" in Our Public Schools

Come to Colonial Middle School on Saturday, May 12th, from 10 AM to 3:30 PM, for the  9th Annual ArtsFest , presented by Shelby County Schools.  ArtsFest is a celebration of the district’s rising stars in the visual and performing arts. The festivities will include over 900 student performers and nearly 1,000 pieces of student artwork.  More than 150 local schools will be represented at the event. In conjunction with this event, our friends at SCS... Read More
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ArtsMemphis Grantees Share Resources and Creativity

Nothing makes us happier at ArtsMemphis than seeing our grantees team up in innovative ways.  For example, on the afternoon of May 9th, players from the  Memphis Symphony Orchestra  are performing as part of Creative Aging 's Senior Arts Series for older adults.  And later that same day, Beale Street Caravan is offering special tickets to their I Listen to Memphis film series Launch Party for members of Indie Memphis .  Vive Collaboration! Here are... Read More
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Opera Memphis Chosen to Participate in World Opera Forum

Congratuations to Ned Canty and Opera Memphis on a well-deserved honor!   Earlier this month, Opera Memphis -- a longtime ArtsMemphis grantee -- was in Madrid, Spain as one of only FIVE(!!!) North American opera companies invited to attend the World Opera Forum.  They were represented by current General Director, Ned Canty.  All participants were hand-picked to represent one of the four main areas of discussion - Cultural Heritage, Diversity, New... Read More
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MLK's Legacy and the Memphis Arts Community

The staff and Board of ArtsMemphis join communities around the globe in solemn observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.  On this day, we reaffirm our commitment to building a more equitable Memphis.  A Memphis in which every resident shares equal access to our world-class cultural assets.  A Memphis in which the arts community reflects our city's racial and ethnic diversity.  Above all, a Memphis in which... Read More
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Announcing Our 2018 ArtsAccelerator Grantees

Here at ArtsMemphis, we recognize that visual artists are a magnet for creative, entrepreneurial talent throughout our City.  That's why, in 2013, we established ArtsAccelerator – a grant program for Shelby County artists in every discipline.  These incentive grants are for artists at a critical juncture in their careers.  Decisions are made by a rotating panel of experts, and they award five ArtsAccelerator Grants of $5,000 each, totaling $25,000... Read More
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Happy Birthday to the Memphis Arts Community!

This Friday, March 2nd, ArtsMemphis will turn 55!  That's right -- we've been around for five-and-a-half decades, serving as the Mid-South's primary arts grant-maker.  It all started with the shared vision of a small group of community leaders, including William F. Kirsch, Jr., Irving Metz, and Walter Armstrong.  They recognized the need for a central source of funding to sustain our city's anchor arts organizations.  Guided by that need, they created the ... Read More
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Action Alert: Trump Budget Calls for Elimination of the NEA

Earlier this month, the Trump administration released a budget that calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  The NEA is a vital source of arts and cultural funds that reaches every congressional district in the United States and costs just $0.46 per taxpayer.  In 2017 alone, the agency provided roughly $1.39 million to Tennessee organizations .   What's more, for every $1 that the NEA invests in our communities, an... Read More
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