Archive for the ‘Arts and Culture’ Category

by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Livability | January 18th, 2017 12:49am CDT | No Comments

                  The UrbanArt Commission is the Jonas Salk of Memphis arts and culture. Remember him?  He’s the medical researcher who invented the first polio vaccine that transformed the futures of tens of thousands of children.  In his low key way, he simply went about his work unconcerned […]

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              We wrote 153 blog posts in 2016, and we always look back to see which subjects you had the most interest in.  Clearly, last year, that was parks, particularly the campaign to protect the greensward at Overton Park. The following are the 15 most-read blog posts of the […]

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                Twenty years ago, public art in Memphis consisted primarily of statues connected to various wars, Hebe in Court Square, W. C. Handy on Beale Street, and a half dozen or so downtown sculptures from the 1970s like John McIntire’s Muse, Richard Hunt’s I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, […]

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                  There are a number of cities in the U.S. that are fighting big boxes. Most often, they are about retail boxes, but here, we need to declare war on the proliferation of the large, gray utility boxes that populate our public spaces and degrade our civic […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Talent | January 21st, 2016 12:10am CDT | 1 Comment

                    We were recently reading two books by Memphis authors – well, they live on opposite sides of the country now but we still refuse to not consider them our own – that not only chronicle fascinating and important times in our national history, but they […]

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If Memphis was an actor, it would be looking to be cast against type. Memphis is like the actor who has only played light comedy roles and takes on a casting call as a serial killer just to shake up his image and how the public sees him. Memphis needs to do the same thing.  […]

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It is hard to think of a better fulfillment of the “Heart of the Arts” vision for Overton Square than the addition of Ballet Memphis’ new headquarters on the site of the decrepit French Quarter Inn at 2144 Madison Avenue. No other use at that location promises to increase the vibrancy of the burgeoning neighborhood […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture | August 1st, 2014 12:27am CDT | 1 Comment

England’s Sir Peter Hall, internationally known urban scholar, planner, and author of more than 30 books, died Wednesday at the age of 82. We mention it because he was author of a favorite book, the 1,168 page tome, Cities in Civilization.  While it is an instructive book for anyone interested in the story of Western […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Livability, Neighborhoods | June 13th, 2014 12:04am CDT | Comments Off on New Hattiloo Theatre Testifies To A Better Memphis

The new Hattiloo Theatre in Overton Square will open in a few weeks, and it will be a testament to one of Memphis’s most talented citizens: Ekundayo Bandele. And yet, he would be the first to tell you that it is also a testament to how Memphis is coming to grips with the diversity that […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Neighborhoods | June 5th, 2014 12:02am CDT | 2 Comments

Three of our favorite Memphians – Cardell Orrin, Charles Santo, and Eric Robertson – have made substantial progress on their Memphis Music Magnet project with the opening of the former house of Memphis Slim as the Memphis Slim Collaboratory. In only six years, the project moved from concepts with the students in Professor’s Santo’s regional […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Livability | January 13th, 2014 3:04pm CDT | Comments Off on Public Art Gets Better and Better

From Sustainable Cities Collective – By Christopher Berggren: Urban street art has a rich history in both the culture and economics of the cities it is created. The concept of street art includes not only unsanctioned designs like graffiti but commissioned works like sculpture, lighting displays, and wall murals. Public art is the pushing of […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Neighborhoods | November 7th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Jackson, Mississippi – Best City for the Next Generation of Artists?

From Atlantic Cities: “You want a Victoria’s Secret storefront? Jackson, Mississippi, come on down! Wetzel Pretzel? We got a Wetzel Pretzel for ya. Where are you spending your recession, huh? At the Gap in Mississippi! It’s free!” Thirty-year-old Josh Hailey is a few beers in, hamming it up for my benefit in a mock-announcer voice. […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture | August 29th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on 5 Memphis Things More Interesting Than Miley Cyrus

The following is from one of our favorite sites, Memphis Connect: Okay, so a teen-pop idol did a teen-pop dance at a teen-pop award show. Whoop-dee-do. Meanwhile in Memphis, hugely awesome things are happening while everyone over the age of 35 is looking up the definition of the word “twerk.” What follows is a list […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture | August 28th, 2013 3:10pm CDT | Comments Off on Carol Coletta, 1 of 50 Most Influential People in the Arts

Congratulations to our friend and inspiration Carol Coletta for her much-deserving ranking as one of the 50 most powerful and influential people in the nonprofit arts world in the U.S.   Carol maintains dual citizenship (now Memphis and Miami) as she works as a vice-president of community and national initiatives for the Knight Foundation.  We are […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture | August 21st, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Shakespeare and Dr. King: Two Unique Memphis Cultural Events

On the arts and culture front, we spotlight two Memphis programs that we should all be bragging about and putting their events on our calendars: The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College is pleased to announce free public lectures by highly-regarded Shakespeareans: • October 11: Shakespeare symposium, “The Past and Future of the Book,” with […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture | June 27th, 2013 3:08pm CDT | 2 Comments

From Urbanophile: Nashville has been on a roll in recent years, with a rapidly growing population (including a rapidly expanding immigrant base), robust job growth (#1 among large cities in 2012 on a percentage basis), and lots of positive national press. I’ve been visiting about once a year in recent years and have always had […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Uncategorized | April 23rd, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Dancing to a Conversation about the Arts

From MemphisConnect.com:     In a modern building on the edge of Cordova, Ballet Memphis‘ company of dancers prepares their performances for Memphis audiences, in quiet isolation as they tighten the screws on their art. When MemphisConnect visited last week, the company was hard at work in rehearsal for their April 20 and 21 performances […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Neighborhoods | January 8th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Powerful Placemaking Through The Arts

Note: ArtPlace is run by our friend and colleague Carol Coletta, now a dual citizen of Memphis and Chicago. From Atlantic Cities: A little-known but very interesting government agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, is quietly leveraging small amounts of financial assistance to make a big difference in helping communities across the country become stronger and […]

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