Arts and Culture

Nokomis McElroy stands for a portrait in Orange Mound. (Andrea Morales)

From Stax Records to social media, two generations of Black arts leaders support the sceneRead Article

While birthed in different eras, The Collective and The Memphis Black Arts Alliance face the similar strifes from combating generational poverty in disinvested communities and having to navigate and engage artists in a city where arts infrastructure is in its infancy. 
Brandon Marshall painting a recent temporary mural at the Crosstown strip.

Musical Heights: A neighborhood's forgotten role in the history of one of pop's most famous studiosRead Article

In a nondescript store front on National Street, some of the 20th century's biggest music stars once worked. Discover the one-time Heights recording studio that played a major role in garage rock, soul, and heavy metal and laid the groundwork for one of Memphis' most enduring musical ...

The intersection of art and urban planning makes Memphis 3.0 a multimedia strategyRead Article

Three Memphis-based artists are engaged in the comprehensive Memphis 3.0 planning process. Through art, they engage with residents and bring down to the earth lofty urban planning concepts such as livability, connectivity and sustainability. 
Mia Hamilton poses at the Art Village Gallery during Downtown Trolley Night.

Soulsville artists in residence combine creativity with community outreachRead Article

As the home of legendary Stax Records, Soulsville is known as Memphis' music-first neighborhood. As part of a unique artists-in-residency program, a muralist and filmmaker have moved into the neighborhood to encourage creativity among their neighbors.

Opera Memphis awards first McCleave Fellowship to local directorRead Article

Dennis Whitehead Darling is the inaugural fellow of the McCleave Project, an initiative of the opera company to bring a focus on diversity and inclusion to the genre.

Feature StorySummer Avenue, cerca de National Street, ha sido un importante rincón para el comercio desde fines del siglo XIX. (Andrew Breig)

Summer Avenue se renueva como distrito internacional


Feature StoryA customer looks around the store as he speaks with the owner of the Summer Outlet thrift store. (Natalie Eddings)

In photos: Memphis gets thrifty on Summer Avenue


Feature StoryA first-grade student peeks around the corner at a pop-up performance held at Treadwell Elementary School as his classmates line up behind him. (Renier Otto)

In photos: The Heights celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


Feature Story(Left to right) Ladarius Shields, Richy Phan, Ceric Hicks, Hayden Williams, London Johnson (held), Robin Tate, Alice Shields, and Lonel Shields (front) pose for a portrait at Treadwell Middle School. (Ziggy Mack)

In photos: Welcome to The Heights (en Español)


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Memphis is a rich with authentic arts and culture assets. From the thriving music industry with deep roots in every important American genre to arts districts blossoming from Broad Avenue to Soulsville, Memphis' creative talents are not left in the history books. The city is home to a nationally acclaimed professional ballet company, opera and symphony orchestra and new galleries and collectives that are bringing the city's latest generation of artists into greater recognition.