Yesterday Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. proclaimed Tuesday, June 22 as Arts Day in the city of Memphis. ArtsMemphis coordinate an Arts Fair & Artist Market downtown at the Civic Center Plaza; it included performances by New Ballet Ensemble, American Soul Music/Stax Music Academy and Stax Museum. It was also City-Wide Jeans Days. Individuals and businesses that participated allowed employees who donated $5 to wear jeans/casual clothes to work. Proceeds were donated to Arts Memphis, an organization dedicated to raising funds to ensure excellence in the arts and build a vibrant cultural community for everyone.
There were informational booths from the Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis Music Foundation, Playhouse on the Square, UrbanArt, and The Brooks Museum just to name a few. There were also local vendors on hand with artwork and jewelry for purchase.
Although I was late, I’m glad that I attended because it was an opportunity for me to find out more about Memphis’ diverse art community. There are quite a few plays and art exhibits (particularly Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History exhibit at the Brooks Museum that will run from June 26-September 26) that I plan to check out in the upcoming weeks.
Memphis' art community is so rich. Take the time out to support while also having some fun!
Readers: Did any of you attend? What events are you looking forward to this summer? Comment below and keep us NDLoop!