Doesn’t it seem like there are new murals and art installations popping up more frequently around town? Or perhaps they’ve always been there and we’re just not in the know of where to find them. Instead of leaving that kind of discovery up to chance or relying on someone to answer your “Where’s that?” comment on Instagram, why not use the MAP — the Memphis Art Project.
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The CLTV is a non-profit black arts organization elevating black artists, empowering black communities, and shifting the culture in Memphis. An after school program run by @thecltv provided students with the opportunity to create two amazing murals in Orange Mound. This one, in partnership with @explorebikeshare, can be found near Melrose High School
“There’s so much talent here and most of us only know about the ones we’ve already seen— the popular backdrops that flood our social feeds, ” Burke said. “MAP is necessary because, too often, I see people not appreciating the amount of art we have here. A lot of them are in places that you wouldn’t expect, so we get to satisfy a need — to discover those hidden gems and shine light upon those artists.”
MAP is just that. A map and directory that will help you along your way to finding the creative landmarks of this city. You’ll know exactly where to go, what you’ll get upon your arrival, and perhaps a better sense of pride of the art and creative spaces that call Memphis home.