Arts & Culture

Art Museum of the University of Memphis provides an exhibition space for the Department of Art’s students as well as presenting a myriad of educational programs for all ages that engage University of Memphis students, as well as the University and greater Memphis communities. It also presents a diverse array of art and cultural programs that enrich the daily lives of its community. 

Raises funds to ensure excellence in the arts and build a vibrant cultural community for everyone and provides a complete listing of all art events in the Memphis community.

Ballet Memphis
Whether your taste is for the classic or the modern, the groundbreaking or the fairytale, the outstanding joys or the ones hidden in your heart, Ballet Memphis is Always Surprising.

Brooks Museum of Art
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art enriches the lives of our diverse community through the Museum’s expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs that reflect the art of world cultures from antiquity to the present.

Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes
The Clough-Hanson Gallery, located in Clough Hall, brings to Rhodes College campus exhibitions of contemporary art from September through March. In April and early May, the gallery hosts two student exhibitions: the Juried Student Exhibit and the Senior Thesis Exhibit.

Cooper Young Night Out
On the first Thursday of every month, the shops in the Cooper Young community extend their hours into the night for the Cooper Young Night Out.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, one of Memphis’ premier art museums since 1976, specializes in impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and decorative arts.

Freak Engine
Memphis’ longest running improvisational theater variety show.

Hattiloo Theatre
Hattiloo Theatre’s mission is to develop a Black theatre that is accessible, reflective, and relevant of a multicultural community.

Indie Memphis
Indie Memphis utilizes Memphis’ rich cultural history to serve as a connecting point for regional filmmakers from all corners of the country — and provides a showcase for films celebrating Southern stories and storytelling.

Live From Memphis
Live From Memphis’ mission is to shine a light on the Memphis music, art, film, and culture we love. We tell the story of the Memphis creative community’s successes to both the city and the world.

Material Art Gallery
Material was built to provide emerging and established artists with an intimate, clean space in which to share their work with Memphis’ growing arts community.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to meaningful musical experiences is the heart of its past, present, and future. The MSO is an integral part of the cultural, educational, and economic life of the Bluff City and has been since 1952.

New Ensemble Ballet
The New Ballet Ensemble and School is a Community School of the Arts and Arts Education program with a professional performing ensemble.

Odessa is a nonprofit arts collaborative whose events and musings explore the intersections between visual art, music, technology, the DIY ethos, and an ever-shifting catalogue of other timely topics.

On Location: Memphis
On Location: Memphis (formerly the Memphis  International Film Festival) has a reputation for showcasing some of the finest  independent films from around the world.

On the Street Gallery, MCA
Memphis College of Art On the Street Gallery is located on 338 S. Main Street.

Opera Memphis
The mission of Opera Memphis is to cultivate and an appreciation for the arts in younger audiences, to produce high quality entertainment and experiences that are socially relevant, often through the creation and production of new works; and to provide cultural stimulation and opportunities for participation to people of all ages, incomes, ethnicities and abilities.

Playhouse on the Square
Playhouse on the Square’s mission is to produce a challenging and diverse repertoire of theatrical work that speaks to the intelligence, the soul, and the imagination of the Memphis community; to provide a nurturing artistic home for actors, directors, designers, and staff in which they can practice their craft and share their talent; and to make all of their productions available through access, outreach, and educational activities to everyone in the community regardless of financial circumstances.

Power House Memphis
Delta Axis is a non-profit visual arts organization that manages Power House exhibitions and that has been presenting contemporary art to Memphis audiences for over fourteen years. Delta Axis’ mission is to present contemporary art and film and link Memphis with other global artistic communities.

Project: Motion Contemporary Dance Collective is a non-profit modern dance company based in Memphis, Tennessee comprised of dance artists with diverse movement backgrounds. Since its inception in 1987, the artistic vision of Project: Motion has been to transform ideas (thoughts, feelings, actions) into movement-based art that engages its audiences emotionally, intellectually and communicates expressively. The dance collective strives to transport its audiences and participating artists into a unique kinetic world that explores the human condition through movement, imagery and the magic of theatre.

Rozelle Artists Guild
Rozelle Artists Guild is a group comprised of MCA students and alumni whose mission is to is to establish an artists’ guild and center, cooperatively run & maintained, providing the facilities, educational resources and creative environment necessary to serve the community and support the artistic practices of individuals within the city of Memphis and abroad.

South Main Trolley Tour
The South Main Arts District attracts a diverse group of people who love the urban living experience. Whether you want to live in something old or something new, a period place or contemporary chic, lease or own, South Main has it all.

Theatre Memphis
The mission of Theatre Memphis is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.

VINI (Five in One)
Five in One Memphis is an environment built and maintained to foster the creation, presentation and promotion of visual art with a focus on installation based work.  Showcasing non-traditional and non-static media, five in one is Memphis’ home for contemporary experimental art.

Voices of the South
Voices of the South is a Memphis based non-profit theatre company that creates, produces, and tours homegrown works of theatre that give voice to the southern perspective. VOTS also promotes literacy through their local and national touring program.

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