901 Day Exposure event returns to in-person celebration, Sept 1

New Memphis' annual Exposure event returns to face-to-face festivities on this year's 901 Day, September 1. This year's celebration will be a 901-themed street party held at FedEx Forum's outdoor entrance plaza.

"While we were grateful to see success in a virtual environment last year, we’re even more grateful to see it return to in-person where more authentic, one-on-one interactions can take place," said Nora Murray, senior manager of community impact with New Memphis.

Murray said Exposure's goal is to connect Memphians and help them explore new opportunities to "plug in to things they’re passionate about."

"Memphis is nothing without you, so bring your celebrational spirit. Find your opportunity to activate and get involved around the city," said Nora Murray, senior manager of community impact with New Memphis.

As in past years, Memphians will get a chance to socialize and connect with other attendees and organizations representing Memphis' social, civic, recreational, and entertainment realms.

Guests can also expect free Mempops, live painting with Toonky Berry, music by DJ Spanish Fly, games, an on-site blood drive, and samples and giveaways including libations from Old Dominick Distillery, tickets to the Orpheum Theatre, Hyatt Centric hotel packages, and all-day passes to Mempho Music Festival.

Prior to the event, New Memphis will place Exposure posters around the city. The posters include QR codes that, when scanned, offer extra chances to win giveaways at the event.

Exposure is free, but pre-registration is preferred. Register here. Find more details here

"Exposure has always been an event that is best experienced in person. And to those who find irony in the event’s name, trust me we get it—that said we’ve been exposing Memphians to all the ways to live, work, play and thrive on 901 Day for more than a decade," said Nora Murray, senior manager of community impact with New Memphis.

As for the more literal potential exposure to COVID-19, masks will be required to enter the FedEx Forum and strongly encouraged on the plaza. Hand sanitizer will be available at every table, and organizers are encouraging groups to socially distance.

"As always, our hope is that participants feel more energized about all that’s happening in our community and, as a result, want to turn their love of Memphis into action," said Murray. "There really is so much to celebrate about our city, and we hope they get a small taste of that heart and soul at Exposure on 901 Day."

Independent Bank is Exposure's longstanding title sponsor. 

"We’re grateful for their continued support over the past six years, and we could not host this event without them," said Murray.
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Cole Bradley is a native Memphian and graduate of the University of Memphis. Cole's worked locally as a researcher and community engagement strategist and began contributing to High Ground in Jan 2017.