MEMPHIS, TN (January 16, 2019) – During the federal government shutdown, ArtsMemphis is pleased to announce the availability of free admission and discounts to all federal employees at several Memphis arts organizations.
Workers with a badge I.D. of all federal government departments will be granted free or discounted admission.
A list of participating organizations can be found on the ArtsMemphis website, www.artsmemphis.org/federalworkers. The site will be updated daily.
“While art experiences can spark dialogue around a particular topic, these same experiences can alternatively offer a welcome respite. ArtsMemphis is pleased to support and represent our vibrant arts community in their desire to provide a relaxing, fun activity for federal workers and their families during this time,” said Elizabeth Rouse, President/CEO of ArtsMemphis.
The offer was spearheaded by the National Civil Rights Museum in partnership with numerous Memphis arts groups in support of the over 800,000 federal workers furloughed and those working without pay or enduring uncommon conditions during the federal government shutdown. In appreciation for the hardship on all government agencies, this offer is also extended to workers whose federal departments are not directly impacted by the shutdown.
While the National Civil Rights Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is not federally funded, and operates as a private nonprofit.
“During this unprecedented government funding stalemate, this is the first time the museum has created an offer to offset cost and create opportunities for workers to enjoy the museum experience,” said Museum President Terri Lee Freeman.
For more than 55 years, ArtsMemphis has been sustaining Memphis's world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthening 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. In 2018, ArtsMemphis awarded nearly $2.4 million in grants to 75 local arts groups and artists.