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ArtsMemphis named featured nonprofit for Vintage901® Wine, Food, and Music Festival 2021: A celebration of life, culture and each other.

(Memphis, TN) Vintage901® celebrates its 5th Anniversary by bringing the “Grand Tasting” to the Levitt Shell on May 15, 2021. This will be a special event featuring incredible wine, wine education, Memphis music, and great chefs. Tickets are on sale now at  This year the Grand Tasting is an outdoor event where participants can practice social distancing and still have a great time. This one-day event will have two opportunities for participation &ndas... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021

ArtsMemphis supporting local arts organizations through grants

By Camille Connor, WMC TV | April 14, 2021 at 6:16 PM CDT | link to video   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - ArtsMemphis is offering grant funding to organizations in West Tennessee in collaboration with the Tennessee Arts Commission. The grants are a part of the Arts Build Communities program. It is open to Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties. “They can apply for these grants to really help broaden access to arts experience,” said Elizabeth Rouse, p... Read More

Applications open April 1 for TN Arts Commission Arts Build Communities Grant Program

The Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) offers the Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program in partnership with ArtsMemphis for organizations seeking support in the following West TN counties: Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, Tipton. The Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises. Orga... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021

ArtsMemphis Awards Operating Support Grants to 48 Local Arts Organizations

MEMPHIS—This week, ArtsMemphis has announced its second round of fiscal year 2021 operating support grants, bringing the organization’s distribution total for this grant category to $850,000 across 48 arts organizations based in Memphis and Shelby County. “We recognize that unrestricted operating support is necessary to shape a dynamic and sustainable arts community,” said ArtsMemphis President & CEO Elizabeth Rouse. “In addition to the COVID-prompted Artist... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021

ArtsMemphis Releases New Data Reflecting State of the Arts, Illustrating Continued Need for Industry Support

MEMPHIS—This week, ArtsMemphis has released new data on behalf of the local arts organizations it has funded, painting a picture of the continued need for community support of the arts sector. Following a $20 million loss in 2020, local arts organizations collectively project a 25% decrease in 2021 income compared to 2019’s pre-pandemic numbers.  “Our arts organizations have made strategic shifts in operations and programs in order to continue harnessing an audience a... Read More
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A peaceful pandemic moment at Brooks - 'just me and the art' | Opinion

Elizabeth Rouse, Guest Columnist  Published February 23, 2021 | The Daily Memphian On a recent cold, dreary weekend afternoon, I arrived at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for the first time since the pandemic began. My role with ArtsMemphis had regularly brought me to the exquisite site for events, speakers and series, but this time, there was no agenda. It was just me and the art. My visit was one of raw, unexpected emotion and stands as one of my most enjoyable, unforgettable pand... Read More
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Agile and accessible investments in the age of COVID | Guest Column

Pat Danehy, Guest Columnist Published 12:18pm EST | Dec. 18, 2020 | Memphis Business Journal Like many, in December I reflect on accomplishments and challenges of the year and hopes for the future —with gratitude for the opportunity to do so. In both my professional and civic seats here in Memphis, the term “investment” is a constant. When one invests, it is the intent that the investment will yield a positive return. I’ve reflected upon the economic impact of... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Monday, Dec 28, 2020

Youth arts education is imperative | Opinion

Pat Mitchell-Worley, Guest Columnist  Published 4 a.m.| December 12. 2020 | The Daily Memphian I believe art is not just a “feel-good,” esoteric aesthetic. Art is not just about the intangible. Art is not just about the now. In a year weighed down by the daily struggle and short-term, significant impacts of a pandemic on our households, organizations and communities, we forget to look further. It’s almost impossible to look further. However, for our youths, thes... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Saturday, Dec 12, 2020

ArtsMemphis receives grant from Regions Foundation of Tennessee; Grant will support Shelby County arts organizations in 2021

MEMPHIS, TN, December 10, 2020— In conjunction with the inaugural Arts Week, ArtsMemphis today announced a grant from the Regions Foundation of Tennessee to provide financial support to arts organizations in the form of unrestricted grants. Arts Week, occurring from December 7 – 13, 2020, is a community-wide celebration spotlighting all that our local artists and organizations have created and accomplished throughout this unprecedented year. For over 20 years, the nonprofit Regi... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Wednesday, Dec 9, 2020

In a time of pandemic and racial reckoning, we need art | Opinion

Rodney Sanders, Guest Columnist  Published 4:00 AM | December 9, 2020 | The Daily Memphian To celebrate the work artists and arts organizations have created in 2020 despite the pandemic, ArtsMemphis is introducing its inaugural Arts Week Dec. 7-13. ArtsMemphis provides grants to 70 arts organization, and this year supplied emergency funds to individual artists. From an early age, I’ve been drawn to the arts. I remember my third-grade teacher taking the class to see “B... Read More
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