Committing To The Arts In Elvis City

The city of Memphis is known mainly for barbecue and Elvis, but lately, the western Tennessee city has been making a concerted push to become what is commonly referred to as a “big-league town.” That means getting at least one major league sports franchise to move in: Memphis swiped Vancouver’s NBA team last year. It means a serious effort to revitalize the downtown area: check. And, according to the folks in charge of Memphis, it means creating major public-private partnerships to support the arts and cultivate a unique musical and artistic scene in the city. Despite the nationwide trend towards slashing arts funding, Memphis is launching “a fund drive to generate $25 million for the Greater Memphis Arts Council.”