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Feature Story On Saturday, June 10, Playback Memphis hosted its annual Juneteenth Memphis Matters performance and celebration.

ARTSmemphis awards $1.2M in grants to these 45 local arts organizations

“We are proud to provide not only funds but also resources to amplify their program attendance and awareness as well as community engagement,” says Elizabeth Rouse, President & CEO of ARTSmemphis.

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Midtown urban flower farmers to celebrate grand opening of storefront in Cooper-Young

A micro-urban flower farm first seeded in the backyards of Midtown in 2021 is sprouting up in Cooper-Young with the opening of their first brick-and-mortar storefront.

Development News This Porter-Leath Early Childhood Academy is a state-of-the-art preschool and teacher training institute located at 628 Alice Avenue.

This historic Memphis institution was just awarded $3.7M in grants to support Head Start programs

This continued funding is an investment in our community, its children and its future," Congressman Steve Cohen says in a statement.

Development News “Conservation For A Continent is more than a statement,” says DU President Chuck Smith. “It’s a promise to improve wetlands across North America on a scale large enough to improve quality of life for waterfowl, people and other wildlife."

Memphis non-profit launches $3B fundraising goal for North American wetland conservation efforts

“Conservation For A Continent is more than a statement,” says Ducks Unlimited President Chuck Smith. “It’s a promise to improve wetlands across North America on a scale large enough to improve quality of life for waterfowl, people and other wildlife.”

Feature Story The following is a peek at what some of our hard-working neighbors have in store for the Memphis community in the following weeks and months ahead.

9 ways to support and engage with Memphis nonprofits this Black Philanthropy Month – and beyond

The following is a peek at what some of our hard-working neighbors have in store for the Memphis community in the following weeks and months ahead.

Development News “Our volunteers’ and donors’ dedication and support help ensure we can deliver mortgages with no interest, which helps create long-term affordability for Habitat’s first-time homebuyers," says Dwayne Spencer, Memphis Habitat president and CEO.

Habitat Memphis to build 12 new homes in Castalia Heights this fall

“Our volunteers’ and donors’ dedication and support help ensure we can deliver mortgages with no interest, which helps create long-term affordability for Habitat’s first-time homebuyers," says Dwayne Spencer, Memphis Habitat president and CEO.

Development News August is Black Philanthropy Month. This is how Memphis is celebrating, advocating, and participating – and how you can, too.

August is Black Philanthropy Month throughout the world. Here's what's happening in Memphis

It's Black Philanthropy Month. This is how Memphis is celebrating, advocating, and participating – and how you can, too.

Development News The health centers will be roughly 2,500 sq. ft. each, with full-time staffs that include primary care physicians and health coaches.

Primary health care centers planned for Memphis area YMCAs beginning in 2024

"Providing access to quality healthcare, especially in areas with fewer options, enables us to broaden our services to continue to help families and individuals thrive on their journey to wellness," says Jerry Martin, president and CEO of YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South.

Development News The Mobile Shell is a mobile, functional replica of the Overton Park Shell, scaled down to half the size of the historic bandshell first established in 1936.

A program of 'transformational, creative placemaking': Overton Park Shell rolls out its mobile stage

“With the release of the Mobile Shell, I hope to create more opportunities to support local Memphis artists and nonprofit organizations while making performing arts more accessible to all of Memphis,” says Shell on Wheels Outreach Manager, Yolanda Kelly.

Feature Story The Klondike Smokey City Community Development Corporation co-hosted the third event in the 2023 BLDG Memphis MEMFix series this past Saturday, July 22, along several blocks of Jackson Avenue.

PHOTOS: Scenes from MEMFix 2023 in Klondike Smokey City

The Klondike Smokey City Community Development Corporation co-hosted the third event in the 2023 BLDG Memphis MEMFix series this past Saturday, July 22, along several blocks of Jackson Avenue.

Development News “This year’s award winners display their care for the environment by taking action,” says Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner David Salyers.

These two Memphis projects just won Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards

“This year’s award winners display their care for the environment by taking action,” says Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner David Salyers.

Development News “Clinics, such as the one at College Park, are part of a growing trend to improve health and achieve health equity by connecting health and housing in affordable housing communities,” says Dexter Washington, CEO of Memphis Housing Authority.

Grand opening celebration held for on-site healthcare clinic for senior residents of College Park

“Clinics, such as the one at College Park, are part of a growing trend to improve health and achieve health equity by connecting health and housing in affordable housing communities,” says Dexter Washington, CEO of Memphis Housing Authority.

Feature Story "My mission is to heal – whether it’s with smoothies, supplements, or words," says Sondra King, founder of K&B's Smooth Nutrition. "I want everyone to experience life, not just existence."

Women Working It: Sondra King is a smooth operator of health, wellness, and putting words to action

"My mission is to heal – whether it’s with smoothies, supplements, or words," says Sondra King, founder of K&B's Smooth Nutrition.

Development News “We know more people are looking at websites on their phones and tablets, so it was essential that this next iteration be able to adapt to all devices,” says the city’s Communications Chief Allison Fouché.

City of Memphis launches new-look website with accessibility and inclusivity in mind

“In addition to the more streamlined design, we have upgraded features to be more inclusive of all residents that will keep them better connected and more informed,” says the city’s Communications Chief Allison Fouché.

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Application window opens for inaugural Tommy Pacello Placemaking Fellowship

The fund will award cash prizes to Memphians working on design projects and public realm improvements in their communities.

Development News Exodus Marketplace is located at 4100 Raleigh Millington Rd. in Memphis.

Grand opening: Exodus Marketplace to feature healthy, affordable groceries in Raleigh

“We believe fresh food is medicine and we want to create healing through Exodus Marketplace with access to fresh produce from local farmers,” says Torrey Bates, Executive Director of For the Kingdom.

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A jewel among thorns: Finding summertime fun, safety, and wisdom for the kids of North Memphis

“The children are making lifelong friends, learning African folklore, and going on weekly field trips that add to that knowledge,” says Mama Eyo, a teacher with the Afrikan Village Institute in Memphis' Klondike community.

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PHOTOS: Scenes from this year's Juneteenth performance and celebration at Playback Memphis

The energy was high and electric, and there was plenty of Kleenex to go around. As different members of the audience shared some of their most personal, private, and intimate stories, the talented ensemble reenacted every story line with empathy, compassion, and joy, bringing the audience to its feet.

Development News "These grants are a significant milestone for us as it supports our commitment to revitalizing strategic areas in Memphis and promoting environmental justice," said Ashely Cash, Dir. of Memphis' Division of Housing and Community Development.

Memphis' environmental clean-up efforts bolstered by $1M grant from EPA; EDGE to administer loans

"These grants are a significant milestone for us as it supports our commitment to revitalizing strategic areas in Memphis and promoting environmental justice," said Ashely Cash, Director of the City of Memphis' Division of Housing and Community Development.

Development News Gov. Bill Lee (L to R), Greater Memphis Chamber extern Tracy Thomas, a teacher at the Trezevant Career & Technology Center, and externship host Ron Redwing, CEO of The Redwing Group, at the signing of the Transportation Modernization Act in Memphis.

Memphis Chamber launches expanded workforce development program, pairing teachers and companies

“This program helps teachers empower their students to make the career decisions that are right for them,” says Ted Townsend, pres. and CEO of Greater Memphis Chamber.