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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

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

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

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

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

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

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