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Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts

Mary Jo Kariminia installs her interactive art work

What really sets NBE apart are its students. Simply put: these are not the kinds of kids you usually see in a dance studio.

Memphis is a rich with authentic arts and culture assets. From the thriving music industry with deep roots in every important American genre to an impressive p[erforming arts district blossoming in Overton Square, 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. We boast an array of incredible museums, including the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum. 

Arts and Culture Features

Jamond Bullock

Soulsville artists in residence combine creativity with community outreach

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.

Sarah Baumann launched Sealed Signet on Etsy in 2015, featuring original illustrations of cities and their special places.

Signet Sealed delivers colorful city prints with a personal touch

Sarah Baumann illustrates the special pieces of a city in 8x10 or 11x14 prints, including those places that locals call their favorite part of their city.

Mickele Bridges collaborates with other students to produce a song in Cloud901's recording studio.

After two years, Memphis Music Initiative marks improvement in arts opportunities for youth

Children from disadvantaged neighborhoods are less likely to interact with music and arts programming. The Memphis Music Initiative removes those barriers by investing and supporting neighborhood and school-based art programs.

Georgia Avenue Elementary sits partially boarded up and vacant across the street from Booker T. Washington High School.

Girls Inc. plans to add a massive center in former South Memphis school

Girls Inc. of Memphis plans to renovate part of Georgia Avenue Elementary, which has been shuttered since 2012. In the building, Girls Inc. will install a 30,000-square-foot center unlike anything else in its Mid-South footprint.

 A Derrick Dent and Michael Roy mural honoring Memphis history stands on the corner of South Main and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Five sites you may not know about along the Memphis Heritage Trail

The National Civil Rights Museum and Beale Street cannot contain all of Memphis' cultural heritage. An innovative project, the Memphis Heritage Trail, brings the history of Memphis' streets and structures from South Memphis to Orange Mound to life through art installations and signage.
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