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 disciplines including dance, music, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, literature, interdisciplinary and folk arts. Through the ABC grant program, the TAC supports arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address quality of life issues through the arts, and enhance the sustainability of cultural experiences.   

ABC grants are available to eligible organizations in Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale and Tipton counties.  Applicants must be state-recognized non-profit 501(c)3 organizations or government entities and must be able to provide a dollar-for-dollar match towards the proposed project.  Awards range from $500 to $2,500. Applications were reviewed by an independent grant panel consisting of community volunteers.

“The ABC grant program underscores how art helps organizations of varying disciplines achieve their mission. From supporting artists at community festivals, to having art classes with seniors or students, these organizations find inventive and creative ways to integrate art into their programming. It really speaks to the intersectional work we have going on throughout our area.” says Colleen McCartney, ArtsMemphis Grants and Initiatives Manager. 

2019-2020 ABC Grant Recipients and Projects:

2019-2020 ABC Grant Recipients and Projects:

AngelStreet - AngelStreet: Discover Your Purpose
Arkwings Foundation - Frayser Arts Festival
Ballet On Wheels Dance School - Youth Classical Concert and Performance
Beethoven Club - Beethoven Club Celebrates the Memphis Bi-Centennial
Buckman Performing Arts Center at St. Mary's School - Dirty Dozen Brass Band Memphis Residency at Buckman Arts Center
Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group - Dia de los Muertos Parade & Festival
Children's Ballet Theater - Magevney House Celebration Performance
Downtown Church - Engage Memphis
Elmwood Cemetery - Soul of the City
Gilliam Foundation - WLOK Stone Soul Picnic
Kingdom Community Builders - Orange Mound Veteran's Association - A Clean Orange Mound
Lauderdale County Council of Arts - "Pops on the Square"
Memphis Boychoir, Inc - ChoirFEST 2019
Memphis Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association - 2019-20 Teacher Workshop Series
Memphis Fashion Design Network - Positively Creative Summit and Series
Memphis Jewish Community Center - A Window into Mass Incarceration
Memphis Library Foundation - Increasing Arts Access for Seniors at Memphis Public Libraries
Memphis Choral Arts - Spring Collaboration Concert with Germantown Symphony Orchestra
Methodist Healthcare Foundation - MusicRx - Promoting Health through Musical Art
National Civil Rights Museum - 2020 Ruby Bridges Reading Festival
Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. - Spring Jam
New Day Children's Theatre - Saturday Playhouse
OUTMemphis - Outflix Film Festival
RiverArtsFest, Inc. - New Juried Emerging Artists component in the Artists Market at RiverArtsFest
The Arts Cafe - African American Arts Festival
The Memphis Challenge - Tell Me A Story: Facing The Change
Tipton Fine Arts Council - Mentoring Youth Leadership in Musical Theatre
United Housing, Inc. - The (Afro)Future of South Memphis: Conceptualizing a Vision for Fair and Equal Housing
University of Memphis - 8th Memphis International Guitar Festival


About ArtsMemphis:
For 56 years, ArtsMemphis has worked to sustain Memphis's world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. ArtsMemphis achieves this mission by amplifying awareness, driving support, and building capacity and connections of artists and organizations through grants and services. ArtsMemphis distributes more than 160 grants per year, to more than 70 local arts groups and artists, totaling more than $2.5 million in annual funding. For more information, visit



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