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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

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
at Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017

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

Press Release: ArtsMemphis Grantees Use Art to Tackle Social Issues

  For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN (October 2, 2017) — ArtsMemphis has announced the recipients of its 2017 Arts Build Communities (“ABC”) grants, administered in conjunction with the Tennessee Arts Commission.  The ABC grant program supports 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.  It is open to... Read More
at Monday, Oct 2, 2017

Authentic Stories: Michai Mosby

Michai Mosby is no ordinary teenager.  He's a got a voice that will move your soul and a kindness that will warm your heart.  Michai is one of the many gifted students at the Stax Music Academy -- a longtime grantee of ArtsMemphis. As Michai says, "Without ArtsMemphis, there would be no Stax Music Academy." Preach! Video produced by Lawrence Shaw.   Click here to check out more of Lawrence's work . Read More
at Monday, Oct 2, 2017

Authentic Stories: Nikola Printz

When you think "opera singer," you probably don't think "biker chick" and "aerialist."  But that's what makes Memphis so great.  The arts are interwoven with every area of life in our city.  That's why Nikola Printz is the perfect subject to kick off our brand new Authentic Stories Campaign.  With this series, we'll be featuring local artists and art patrons who have a unique personal story -- with a focus on stories... Read More
at Monday, Sep 25, 2017

Press Release: ArtsMemphis Partners with Local Black Artists on an Innovative Art-Shares Program

        For immediate release MEMPHIS, TN   (September 22, 2017) – ArtsMemphis and The CLTV announced today that they have begun selling “shares” in a forthcoming collection of artwork by local artists of color.  It’s all part of an innovative art-distribution model called Community Supported Art, or “CSA.”  Much like agriculture CSAs, art CSAs rely on share purchases by a community of... Read More
at Friday, Sep 22, 2017

New York Times Showcases Lil Buck in Interactive Feature

We were thrilled to learn that The New York Times recently published an Interactive Feature about Memphis' own Charles "Lil Buck" Riley and jookin' -- the dance style that he helped to popularize around the world.  The Times feature dissects the mind-bending choreography behind Lil Buck's well-known "The Swan," set to "The Dying Swan," one of the dance world's most celebrated solos.  Buck worked on the piece with his ballet... Read More
at Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

Opera News features Opera Memphis

ArtsMemphis grantee Opera Memphis is featured in a recent article in the Opera News. Ned Canty, general director of Opera Memphis, says that Opera Memphis receives a $15,000 grant from the NEA for their "30 Days of Opera" festival.  If Donald J. Trump's administration's proposed changes to the federal tax code are passed, they may weaken incentives for the charitable donations that opera companies rely on for revenue. “The people deciding whether to... Read More
at Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017

Smart City Memphis Features Ballet Memphis

Longtime ArtsMemphis grantee Ballet Memphis, and its brand new Overton Square headquarters are featured in a recent article in the online urban planning hub, Smart City Memphis.  The article praises the project for visionary recognition of how the arts could reactivate an unused site, formerly occupied by the defunct French Quarter Hotel. The article in Smart City also notes that the Ballet building contributes to the increasing exciting arts... Read More
at Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017

ArtsMemphis Announces Findings of Major Economic Study

Yesterday, at a press conference in Crosstown Concourse, ArtsMemphis announced exciting findings from a newly released economic study showing that Shelby County's nonprofit arts in dustry accounts for nearly $200 million in annual spending and sustains the equivalent of more than 6,000 local jobs . Our announcement this morning included remarks by  Phil Trenary  (President & CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber),  Anne Pope  (Executive... Read More
at Friday, Sep 1, 2017

Press Release: Arts & Economic Impact

                                                                                         For immediate release ArtsMemphis to Announce Findings from Major Nationwide Study on the Economic Impact of the Arts MEMPHIS, TN   (August 25, 2017) –... Read More
at Friday, Aug 25, 2017

King Day Arts Activities Funded by ArtsMemphis

ArtsMemphis-Funded Activities Draw Big Crowds at the National Civil Rights Museum Above: Watoto Memphis The  National Civil Rights Museum  is a 2016 Arts Builds Communities (ABC) grant winner for their funded activity, King Day.  King Day is an annual event that has been a centerpiece of the Museum's programming since its opening in 1991. Activities include family arts and cultural programming, youth-centered learning, food vendors and the... Read More
at Friday, Apr 7, 2017

Press Release: ArtsMemphis Announces 2017 Emmett O'Ryan Award Winner

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN  (April 6, 2017) – Carl E. Moore, a local visual artist, best known for his vivid, high-contrast paintings, is the recipient of the seventh annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration.  This award is presented by ArtsMemphis and generously sponsored by Metropolitan Bank, in partnership with Butler Snow.  It is given each year to a local artist whose work demonstrates creative and civic leadership within the... Read More
at Thursday, Apr 6, 2017

Write a Postcard to Help #SAVEtheNEA

Help #SAVEtheNEA It's more important than ever to contact our legislators and urge them to #SavetheNEA.  ArtsMemphis is setting up  postcard writing stations  at several arts events around town. We ask you to take a moment to tell our elected officals write why the arts matter to you. #artsmatters  Each postcard is addressed and we will add the stamp plus mail it for you. We recently heard from one Representative who said he  received 65 postcards in one... Read More
at Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017

Press Release: Two Top Companies Team Up for 2017 Emmett Award

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN -  (April 4, 2017) – ArtsMemphis will present its 7th Annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration at a ceremony this Thursday, April 6th, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.  The “Emmett” is given each year to a local artist who has demonstrated creative and civic leadership within the Memphis arts community.  The winner receives a $10,000 cash award. The award is named in honor of... Read More
at Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017

Press Release: ArtsMemphis Announces FY '17 ArtsAccelerator Grantees

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN  (March 10th, 2017) – ArtsMemphis has awarded a  $25,000 in competitive grants to five artists . ArtsAccelerator is an incentive grant for visual artists who are at a critical juncture in their career.  ArtsMemphis provides five grants of $5,000 each to visual artists from Shelby County to enhance the artist’s overall work or career.   By supporting individual artists we are able to provide real and... Read More
at Friday, Mar 10, 2017

ArtsMemphis Hosts Packed Event to #SaveTheNEA

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Memphis Made Brewing Company yesterday for our advocacy event to #SaveTheNEA.  We had terrific turnout for the event, and we wrote lots of postcards letting our elected officials know that #ArtMatters to Tennesseeans.  Here are some photos from the event.         And be sure to check out this short video about the event:   Read More
at Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

Memphis Business Journal Features ArtsMemphis Advocacy Work

A new article in the Memphis Business Journal focuses on the potential local affects of cutting the National Endowment for the Arts.  The article, by Mary Cashiola, points out the extraordinary cost-benefit calculus behind federal investments in the arts: For every dollar that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) spends in local communities, another $9 in additional public or private funding follows. ... In Tennessee alone, there are more than 48,000 arts-related jobs,... Read More
at Friday, Feb 17, 2017

Press Release: ArtsMemphis Receives $25,000 for Community Engagement

For immediate release   Memphis, TN   (December 13, 2016) — Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced awards totaling more than $30 million, including a $25,000 grant to help Memphis-based community leaders use the arts to revitalize local neighborhoods.  The grant will be administered through ArtsMemphis, and it will go toward projects led by participants in the organization’s Community Engagement Fellows Program – an initiative aimed at... Read More
at Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

Shop Local Arts Groups for the Holidays

Support local artists and arts groups during this holiday season! Memphis College of Art | 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar & Fundraiser Friday, November 18: Preview & Purchase Party, 5–10 p.m. $25/person | Cash Bar  Saturday, November 19: Open Market, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free Admission | Cash Bar | Food Trucks on site Memphis College of Art's Holiday Bazaar & Fundraiser is back and better than ever! After a pause during 2015, Memphis'... Read More
at Friday, Nov 18, 2016

Press Release: ArtsMemphis Puts Spotlight on Teachers with After School Special

Special exhibit celebrates local teachers who inspire children through art with a show highlighting their own works For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN (November 1, 2016) – ArtsMemphis, in partnership with ArtsFirst, has turned the spotlight on teachers for their new exhibit,  After School Special , curated by Nikii Richey.  The exhibit features 50 pieces of art submitted by 38 art teachers from the Memphis area. A selection committee chose the original works... Read More
at Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016

Artspace Groundbreaking In Downtown Memphis

The highly anticipated Artspace South Main Lofts in Downtown Memphis will break ground this Thursday. Nearly ten years in the making, this project will provide affordable housing for artists and creative professionals in the greater Memphis area. The Tennessee Arts Commission has partnered with ArtsMemphis to support the development of this cultural asset and we look forward to witnessing the value it will bring to the Memphis community. THURSDAY, SEPT 29 | 4 PM - 6 PM... Read More
at Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016

Press Release: ArtsMemphis Elects New Board Members

For immediate release   Memphis, TN (September 6, 2016) – Today ArtsMemphis publicly announced the appointment of three new members to the ranks of its Board of Directors. The new members comprise top executives from some of the city’s most prominent companies. They are:  Jon Ernst  (Vice President/General Manager of Foodservice Business at International Paper);  Reginald R. Paige, Sr.  (Associate General Counsel at Evergreen Packaging Inc.);... Read More
at Monday, Sep 12, 2016

ArtsMemphis wins national award for exemplary work at the intersection of the arts and community life

Today, Americans for the Arts named ArtsMemphis as the winner of its 2016 Robert E. Gard Award at the organization's Annual Convention in Boston, MA. The award recognizes exemplary work at the intersection of the arts and community life. The ArtsMemphis Community Engagement Fellowship Program was nominated for  its groundbreaking curriculum ,  which trains arts and civic leaders in how to use the arts as a tool for positive social change. ... Read More
at Friday, Jun 17, 2016

Press Release: ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission Partner to Support Artspace Lofts on South Main

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN (April 18, 2016) – The development of the Artspace South Main Lofts project in Downtown Memphis received another major boost this week, thanks to a grant of $25,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Artspace South Main Lofts, to be located at 138 St. Paul Avenue in the South Main Arts District, will be a 58-unit development that includes both adaptive reuse of an existing warehouse and new construction.  When complete, the... Read More
at Monday, Apr 18, 2016

Press Release: Fifteen Memphis interior designers use creative talents to raise money for the arts

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN (April 11th, 2016) – ArtsMemphis today announced details for their unique fundraising event called Art by Design, presented by IBERIABANK.  The event will bring together a fifteen of Memphis's most sought-after interior designers to create one-of-a-kind "vignettes" at Propcellar on Summer Ave.  Three days of events including parties and tours on April 28th and April 29th, culminating in a public opening on... Read More
at Monday, Apr 11, 2016

Press Release: Metropolitan Bank Honors Beth Edwards with Emmett O'Ryan Award

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN (March 3, 2016) – Beth Edwards, a Memphis visual artist, best known for her paintings of children’s toys, is the recipient of the sixth annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration. This award is given by Metropolitan Bank to a local artist whose work demonstrates artistic mastery. As the Emmett O’Ryan Award winner, Edwards receives a $10,000 cash award. Edwards was selected based on her decades of making... Read More
at Thursday, Mar 3, 2016

Press Release: The National Endowment for the Arts Supports Our Fellows Program!

For immediate release   photo: ArtsMemphis 2014 Fellow, Lecolion Washington, presents his case for support to peers and faculty Saad&Shaw.  MEMPHIS, TN   (December 8, 2015) – Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced a $40,000 grant to help ArtsMemphis train emerging leaders in the nascent field of arts-driven social change.  The initiative is called the Community Engagement Fellows Program. ArtsMemphis launched the Fellows... Read More
at Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015

ArtsMemphis Announces Brokerage Firm Challenge Winner

And THE WINNER of Our Inaugural Brokerage Firm Challenge Is... August 7, 2015 Back in May, we launched  The ArtsMemphis Brokerage Firm Challenge  -- an exciting partnership with three of Memphis's top financial firms:  FTB  Advisors ,  Raymond James , and  Wunderlich Securities .  Here's how it worked: we gave each firm a list of 200 past donors to ArtsMemphis who had yet to make a gift in our current fiscal year.  From there, volunteers... Read More
at Friday, Aug 7, 2015

Press Release: AutoZone Named a Top 10 Best Business Partnering with the Arts

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN   (May 20, 2015) – Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, announced that AutoZone has been named a BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honoree for 2015. Above: Singers from Opera Memphis perform "AutoZone: The Opera." Presented every year by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of... Read More
at Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Press Release: Metropolitan Bank Honors Memphis Artist with Emmett O'Ryan Award

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN   (August 25, 2017) – Frank D. Robinson Jr. is the recipient of the fifth annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration, given by Memphis-based Metropolitan Bank to a local artist whose original work indicates continued artistic significance. Robinson, was nominated for the award by Memphis Brook Museum of Art. The award comes with a $2,000 cash award and the nominating organization receives $500. The Emmett... Read More
at Thursday, Feb 26, 2015

Press Release: ArtsMemphis Elects New Board Chair

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN   (January 2, 2015) – Bruce Hopkins, President of the West Tennessee Region of First Tennessee Bank, has been elected as the Board Chairman of ArtsMemphis, which provides communitywide funding for the arts community in Memphis. During 2014, ArtsMemphis distributed $3.3 million in grant funding to arts groups and individuals, bringing the five-year total of grant funding to $18.2 million. Also serving on the ArtsMemphis Executive... Read More
at Friday, Jan 2, 2015

Press Release: ArtsMemphis Announces New Leadership

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN   (June 23, 2014) – Susan Schadt who has been President & Chief Executive Officer of ArtsMemphis for the past 13 years, has stepped down as President of the arts funding organization. She will remain CEO of ArtsMemphis until December 31, 2014, when she will become CEO and owner of Wild Abundance Publishing, a Memphis-based firm that specializes in the publication of books that focuses on conservation and the arts. Elizabeth... Read More
at Monday, Jun 23, 2014

Press Release: Metropolitan Bank Presents Emmett O'Ryan Award to Leandra Urrutia

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN -  (Feb. 27, 2014) – Leandra Urrutia, an associate professor and department head of ceramics at Memphis College of Art, is the recipient of the Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration.  The Emmett O’Ryan Award is given annually by Memphis-based Metropolitan Bank to a visual artist for an original artistic creation that also bears promise for future artistic significance. The honor comes with a $2,000 cash... Read More
at Thursday, Feb 27, 2014

Press Release: ArtsMemphis Appoints Head of Community Outreach

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN -  (February 4, 2014) – ArtsMemphis is pleased to announce that Linda P. Steele has joined ArtsMemphis in its community engagement and outreach efforts. Ms. Steele has assumed the role of ArtsMemphis’s Chief Engagement and Outreach Officer and will be in charge of further developing and executing the organization’s efforts to bring the community’s wide array of arts to people throughout the Memphis area, including... Read More
at Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014

Announcing a New Grant Program for Visual Artists

ArtsAccelerator - An Incentive Grant for Visual Artists will help artists who are at a critical juncture in their work offset expenses related to a project or opportunity that would enhance the artist’s overall work or career. The ArtsAccelerator grants will support the areas of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, performance art, video or media art and craft. Individual funding requests for ArtsAccelerator grants may be up to $3,000 and are available to local artists at... Read More
at Thursday, Aug 8, 2013

Press Release: NEA Awards $135,000 to Memphis Arts Groups

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN  (April 24, 2013) – Four Memphis arts groups – ArtsMemphis, Opera Memphis, Soulsville Foundation, and Binghampton Development Corporation – have received $135,000 in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, which is nearly half of the total sum given by the NEA to arts organizations throughout Tennessee. The NEA awarded these grants to the four Memphis arts groups based on their contributions to create vibrant... Read More
at Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013

Press Release: Metropolitan Bank Presents Emmett O'Ryan Award to Alan Spearman

For immediate release   MEMPHIS, TN -  (Feb. 28, 2013) – Alan Spearman, a Memphis filmmaker,  recently received the third annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration,  given by Metropolitan Bank to an emerging artist for his or her work that also bears promise for future artistic significance. The honor comes with a $2,000 cash award and the nominating organization receives $500. Mr. Spearman, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and photojournalist,... Read More
at Thursday, Feb 28, 2013

Press Release: ArtsMemphis to Host Free Arts Festival

For immediate release   Featuring public art, performances and hands-on arts activities MEMPHIS, TN  (March 13, 2012) – ArtsMemphis will host a free Pop Up arts festival from 12-4 p.m. on March 24 at the Hollywood Community Center, 1560 North Hollywood. The arts festival will include the permanent installation of five picnic tables, designed and decorated by local artists, at the Hollywood Community Center. It will also include the dedication of artist Suzy... Read More
at Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012

Press Release: Metropolitan Bank Presents Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration

For immediate release   Second annual award honors artist Anthony D. Lee MEMPHIS, TN  (February 2, 2012) – Metropolitan Bank presented the second annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration (the “Emmett”) to artist Anthony D. Lee during a reception at Metropolitan Bank on Jan. 25. The award, which honors Mr. O’Ryan, a founding board member of Metropolitan Bank, is given annually to an emerging artist recognized for his or her... Read More
at Thursday, Feb 2, 2012

Press Release: ArtsMemphis to Steward First Tennessee Foundation Arts Funding

For immediate release   ArtsFirst grant panel will allocate more than $350,000 to arts groups MEMPHIS  (January 11, 2012) – First Tennessee Foundation has reinforced its significant investment in the arts in Memphis through a unique new funding model. The foundation will partner with ArtsMemphis to steward a grants program called ArtsFirst. In 2012 First Tennessee Foundation will allocate more than $350,000 through ArtsFirst to Memphis area arts organizations to... Read More
at Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012

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