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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 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 realized how much they needed... 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
at Monday, Jun 4, 2018
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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
at Friday, May 11, 2018
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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
at Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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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
at Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018
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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
at Wednesday, Apr 4, 2018
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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
at Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018
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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
at Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018
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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
at Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
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Announcing Our Latest Round of Operating Support Grantees

At ArtsMemphis, we understand that unrestricted operating support is the most valuable type of funding that an arts organization can receive, and the most difficult type of funding to raise.  That's why our Operating Support Grants have been a cornerstone of our mission for more than half a century.  And that tradition continues today, thanks to the generosity of more than 1,300 generous individuals, foundations, and businesses. The Levitt Shell... Read More
at Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018
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Just In: IBERIABANK Renews Generous Sponsorship of "Art by Design"

Big news!  For the third year in a row, our generous friends at IBERIABANK have agreed to be the Presenting Sponsor for our Art by Design fundraiser.  This unique event series brings together over a dozen interior design teams to create custom “vignettes” within a chic gallery showroom.  The event will take place from April 5 - 8, 2018 at the Historic Pipkin Building on the Memphis Fairgrounds. The exciting lineup of events includes a VIP... Read More
at Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018
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The art of giving. It's local.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.....  Fa la la la la la la la!  The coffee conversation this morning was about holiday giving. Where are you doing your shopping?  What did you get? At ArtsMemphis we like to support the arts and this season is one of the most fun! Here are some of our suggestions. Share yours in the comments. Elizabeth is excited to check out the Brooks Museum of Art's new store this weekend. Treat yourself to... Read More
at Friday, Dec 15, 2017
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Dorothy Gunther Pugh, 2017 Memphian of the Year

Congratulations on a well-deserved honor for Dorothy Gunther Pugh and Ballet Memphis. ArtsMemphis Grantee, Ballet Memphis, is an authentic Memphis asset with a widely acclaimed original repertoire that speaks of the cultural significance of our area. Dorothy Gunther Pugh founded Ballet Memphis in 1986 with two dancers. Today, the company has 25 dancers and have recently moved into their new, state of the ART, home in Midtown. In 1985, ArtsMemphis... Read More
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Authentic Stories: Patricia Jimenez

Did you know that ArtsMemphis works with over 20 local partner organizations to provide free tickets to local performances and exhibitions for those who face financial barriers.  The program is called ArtsAccess and Patty Jimenez is a perfect example of the impact that it makes. I'm so grateful that ArtsMemphis makes the ArtsAccess Program possible. – Patty Jimenez  Thanks to ArtsAccess, Patty is able to give her kids a love of the arts -- a love that Patty,... Read More
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Tennessee Art Education Association

ArtsMemphis recently provided a grant to the Tennessee Art Education Association to provide 25 scholarships to art educators in Shelby County to attend this year’s annual state conference, held at the Memphis College of Art, October 26-28, 2017. Awarded Scholarships Arlington Community Schools: 1 Bartlett City Schools: 3 Collierville Municipal Schools: 1 Germantown Municipal Schools: 1 Shelby County Schools: 19 Elementary: 17 Elementary AND Middle: 1 ... Read More
Posted by Ashley Ayikwei at Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017
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Featured Holiday Event | Theatre Memphis

Celebrate The Season with Theatre Memphis Looking for that perfect gift for your theatre-loving friends? Theatre Memphis is offering Holiday Gift Mini Memberships ! This $90 membership includes four tickets to be used at any show, in any combination, that performs January 1 - June 30, 2018. Make a night of it and take your friends to the theatre in 2018 or give this special deal as a gift!  A Christmas Carol A Memphis Family Holiday Tradition for 40 Years. ... Read More
at Friday, Dec 1, 2017
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Shop Local. Shop the Metal Museum Holiday Open House

Celebrate the start of the holiday season at the Metal Museum! Metal Museum Holiday Open House | Sunday, December 3, 2017 | Noon - 4:00 PM 374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, TN 38106 ArtsMemphis Grantee , the Metal Museum , will be hosting their open house overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River this Sunday beginning at noon. Take a class, shop for unique, hand-made gifts in the Museum Store , sip on hot chocolate or spiced cider or warm yourself by the fire pit. ... Read More
at Monday, Nov 27, 2017
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Authentic Stories: Jeannie Tomlinson

Some people just land in their dream job.  Others go out and  forge  that job for themselves.  That's Jeannie Tomlinson .  She's a punk rock goddess and a globetrotting addict.  But most of all, she's a dedicated staff member at The Metal Museum , one of our city's most distinctive organizations...and (natch!) an ArtsMemphis grantee. We think Jeannie hits the nail on the head (with a giant forge hammer!) when she... Read More
at Monday, Nov 20, 2017
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Local Arts Groups Make the Holidays Magical

Here at ArtsMemphis, we support over 80 grantee organizations and artists -- so it's no surprise that our holiday season is packed with holiday-themed arts events.  Here are just a few of the shows we think you should check out... Playhouse on the Square is going to have Peter Pan   from Nov. 17th to Dec. 31st.  Circuit Playhouse is running David Sedaris' raucous  Santaland Diaries from Nov. 30th to Dec. 23rd.  Hattiloo has Take the Soul... Read More
at Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017
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ArtsMemphis Grantees Perform at National Arts Marketing Conference

ArtsMemphis is honored to host Americans for the Arts this weekend for the annual National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference , November 10-13, 2017. We are excited to have the opportunity to highlight a few of our grantees during the course of the event SATURDAY Stax Music Academy’s Street Corner Harmonies will perform classical anthems, Negro Spirituals, funk, and more. That afternoon, Ballet Memphis will perform. Saturday night, ArtsMemphis will host the... Read More
at Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017
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Press Release: Memphis to host nearly 500 arts professionals at Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Marketing Project Conference

            For Immediate Release   Washington, DC —Americans for the Arts and ArtsMemphis will host the annual National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, November 10-13, 2017. The largest gathering of arts marketers in the country, the conference is a critical forum for arts groups to discuss the rapidly changing demographics and behaviors of U.S. consumers, as well as how arts and... Read More
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National Arts Magazine Features Memphis Organizations

The new issue of Arts Link , the official magazine of Americans for the Arts, highlights community engagement efforts by Memphis arts organizations. The article quotes ArtsMemphis President & CEO Elizabeth Rouse: “We know that arts organizations and communities must build deep trust and that this work must be approached as part of an organization’s mission. The arts organization and the community should be equal partners from the get-go. We strive to do this... Read More
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Authentic Stories: Greg Fletcher

He's not only a lawyer in real life, he's even played one on the stage!  Meet Greg Fletcher.  Greg is a perfect example of how a love of the arts is often found where you least expect it -- for instance, in the office of a corporate attorney and Naval Air Force Veteran.  Believe it or not, when he's not studying up on cases or preparing briefings at the highly regarded law firm, Baker Donelson, Greg finds time to perform in local theatre productions. And... Read More
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Authentic Stories: Henry Nelson

Henry Nelson is a living legend in the Memphis arts community, thanks to his tireless efforts to spread Memphis music through his many radio shows -- from Furry Lewis to Big Mama Thornton to Isaac Hayes and beyond.  "The arts," Henry reminds, "bring us all together."  That's a lesson worth remembering now more than ever.  Don't miss this wonderful profile of an extraordinary human being. Video produced by Lawrence Shaw.   Click... Read More
at Monday, Oct 23, 2017
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Meet Our New Board Chair

Over the summer, the ArtsMemphis Board welcomed Lucy Lee as its new Board Chairman.  Lucy is the perfect person to serve as Board Chair at this pivotal time in ArtsMemphis' history.  As a longtime supporter and patron of the arts, she has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that all arts groups face.  She also has an abiding commitment to the mission of ArtsMemphis—having served on the Board since 2008, most recently as Vice... Read More
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Authentic Stories: Ham Smythe III

Even if you've never met W. Hamilton ("Ham") Smythe, you've almost certainly ridden in one of his family's taxis.  Or you've been on the 'Roo bus, or on any number of other transportation options that the Premier Transportation family proudly offers.  And you've probably benefited from one of the many business enterprises that Ham has been involved with...ranging from the Agricenter to ArtsMemphis, itself.  The fact is, Ham Smythe and his family... Read More
at Monday, Oct 16, 2017
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