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Ways to Support Local Creatives This Summer

Photo: Noah Glenn

Interested in supporting local artists in Memphis? Read ahead for several ways to find local art events and exhibits this summer.

Attend THUG, an Artist Talk, June 24

THUG: Artist Talk is a free community event hosted by The Collective, an artist collective for African American artists in Memphis to display their talents. The show starts at 2pm on June 24 and features an in-depth panel discussion about the featured artists’ works, their manhood, their blackness, the ways they perceive the world, and the way the world perceives them. For more information on the event, RSVP to the event page. Also, be sure to follow The Collective to learn more about their efforts and future events.

Attend Trolley Night: June 29, July 27, August 31

Trolley Night is a South Main event that occurs on the last Friday of each month. On that Friday, shops and restaurants open late for patrons to enjoy festivities all night. If you’re interested in supporting local artists, stop into shops like Stock&Belle to see their artist spotlights and works for sale. Not only is Trolley Night a great way to support local artists, it is also a great way to support local artisans you have not yet heard of.

Follow The Artist Commons

The Artist Commons is a platform for local creatives to come together and advance their practice. In order to celebrate these artists, TAC hosts regular events that support their creatives. Check them out on Facebook for updates, event schedules and artist spotlights.

Visit the Dixon’s ‘In Our Garden: The Dixon through Your Lens‘ gallery this summer, July 22 – October 7

Support local photographers and a local establishment this summer by visiting this Dixon gallery, starting July 22. You can see how different photographers have incorporated the Dixon’s garden into their photography through their In Our Garden exhibition.The gallery will spotlight both amateur and professional photographers. Be sure to follow The Dixon Gallery and Gardens for updates on other local events.

Visit Crosstown Arts

Crosstown Arts is a local organization known for its events, workshops, and exhibits. Their calendar is plentiful, so if you’re looking for various ways to support creatives this summer, visit their site. Next time you’re at Crosstown Concourse check out their space to see which artist or exhibition is currently featured.

Follow The Art Project

The Art Project is a local establishment that allows children to create freely, while the parents relax. With so many local artists working at the studio, it is not surprise that the also hold events. These events vary, but they typically spotlight local talent through gallery exhibitions. Be sure to check them out on Facebook to learn more about their events this summer.

Attend Echoes and Whispers Open Mic Night at the Art Village Gallery: June 20, July 18 and August 15

This South Main Gallery hosts a monthly open mic night for community creatives to come together. Art Village Gallery uses this night for local creatives to showcase their work – whether they are actors, models, singers, dancers, poets, etc. You can stumble onto this event on the third Wednesday of every month. This is a event is a great way to support and learn about different creatives minds in Memphis.

Check out Whet Thursday: July 5, August 2

If you haven’t already heard of it, Whet Thursday is a metal museum event that allows Memphians to enjoy the grounds after-hours for free. The event boasts live music, local food, exhibitions, and gallery talks. The theme rotates each month, but one thing remains the same: the event’s showcasing of different local talent. Pick a month that works for you, RSVP on Facebook, and meet new local creatives!

Spend an Intimate Night with Talibah Safiya, June 23

You can support this Memphis native on June 23 at Stock&Belle for her hometown show. Tickets to the show are $20 and include libations, so be sure to bring your I.D. While you’re enjoying the powerful lyricism of Safiya, be sure to wander around Stock&Belle. This local establishment features a variety of local artists, and all of their works are for sale. This event is a great way to experience and meet a variety of different Memphis creatives. Be sure to RSVP to the event on Facebook, and get your tickets here.

Go to Zine Fest on July 20

The Memphis Zine Fest will take place on the Crosstown Concourse Theater Stair (2nd floor). Check out all of the local zines and zinesters in Memphis! This event is free and open to all ages. Vendors are still needed. Fill out this form to reserve your free booth space. Want to learn more about zines, and how to make your own? Attend the free Community Zine Making Workshop on Saturday, July 14th from 1pm – 4pm. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring anything you feel you might need.

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