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 National Civil Rights Museum experience.

Above right: Stax Music Academy performing
Below: Painter Jamond Bullock live-painting

This year King Day was held on the national holiday Monday, January 16, and honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most prolific humanitarians and leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. The focus of the celebration was community service and social justice in honor of Dr. King’s impact on the global society. 

Thanks to their ABC grant they were able to present 7 artists and arts groups to a diverse crowd of over 6,000 people. 

  • Stax Music Academy
  • Watoto Memphis
  • Ekpe Abioto
  • Joe Murphy
  • Will Graves
  • Jamond Bullock
  • Mighty Souls Brass Band


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