MEMPHIS, November 30, 2020 — ArtsMemphis is proud to announce the inaugural Arts Week, an annual week-long celebration to showcase Memphis’ dynamic, diverse collection of artists and arts organizations.

An officially-proclaimed week by both the City of Memphis and Shelby County, Arts Week will splash social media pages of artists and arts organizations, as well as marquees across Memphis neighborhoods and the Mighty Lights on the Memphis riverfront, to spotlight the significance of art to Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality.

“ArtsMemphis is a convener and connector for not only arts resources and advocacy but also for community celebration,” said ArtsMemphis President & CEO Elizabeth Rouse. “We are excited to launch Arts Week as a shared opportunity for the community to thank our artists and for our artists to showcase what they have accomplished this year despite the roadblocks of this pandemic.”

In honor of the conclusion of Arts Week, the Mighty Lights will glow ArtsMemphis colors on Sunday, December 13 after sundown.

In addition, ArtsMemphis and Mo’s Bows have collaborated on a limited-edition Arts Mask. Mo’s Bows is donating a portion of proceeds to ArtsMemphis to support 2021 grantmaking

ArtsMemphis will amplify the testimonials, tributes and performances published during Arts Week across its Facebook and Instagram channels. 

ArtsMemphis has awarded $2.8 million to 71 local organizations and hundreds of artists in 2020 to sustain and strengthen local communities. Per ArtsMemphis’ September 2020 survey results from area arts nonprofits, a $20 million income loss is projected from March through December 2020.

“The financial impacts have been devastating; however, arts organizations and artists continue to be resilient, creative, and collaborative during these challenging times,” continued Rouse. “Let’s honor their fortitude during Arts Week by contributing to ArtsMemphis or the arts organization of your choice.”

ABOUT ARTSMEMPHIS. ArtsMemphis is Memphis and Shelby County’s primary arts funder, generating and infusing over $80 million in financial support for the arts since its inception nearly 60-years ago. With a mission to sustain Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts, ArtsMemphis distributes $2.5-$3 million annually to 70+ organizations and also individual artists. During the COVID pandemic, ArtsMemphis has elevated its role as convener and connector helping the arts sector recover, reimagine, and continue as a critical economic driver to ensure the arts remain a vital component of Mid-South culture and daily life. Learn more at


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