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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

Barbara Nesbit hangs out with the kids at the Vance Avenue Youth Development Center.

Vance Avenue Youth Development Center is a free safety net for South Memphis children

Barbara Nesbit isn’t a childcare provider. She’s a diplomat, and she helps her kids navigate the barriers that arise from living in poverty.

Drag queens make their entrance at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Tri-State Black Pride educates and uplifts local black LGBTQ community

Memphis Black Pride has been rebranded after an over 20-year run. Tri-State Black Pride places an emphasis on education and bringing together black LGBTQ community members from the region.

Jeremy Stein, general manager for Lucky Heart Cosmetics stands with Bennie Franklin, an employee of 33 years, and Olivet Montgomery, an employee of 52 years, by the mural outside the company's new storefront on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard.

This black beauty company survived segregation in Memphis. Now it faces off against e-commerce.

Founded in 1935, Lucky Heart Cosmetics has seen its share of changes. The black beauty product manufacturer has opened its first retail store in the hopes of attracting its next generation of loyal customers.

The Edge Gets Lit Alley Party brough Memphians to an overlooked side of The Edge District.

Between the Lines II: Turning Memphis' alleys into hidden destinations

Built to be hidden parts of the city, alleys are reimagined by developers and artists as places to show off Memphis' creativity. 

Visitors to the block party enjoy live music.

In photos: Stop the Violence Block Party celebrates a 20-year run in South Memphis

Mid-June means community on Tate Street. For the past 20 years, South Memphis resident Betty Isom has hosted a Stop the Violence Block Party, which is meant to inspire pride in the community and decry violence.
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