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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

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

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

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

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
at Monday, Nov 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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