The Collective

ELEVATE BLACK ARTIST.

EMPOWER BLACK COMMUNITIES.

SHIFT THE CULTURE OF MEMPHIS

 
 

Elevate Black Artists


Create space for artistic development(creative and professional), infrastructure expansion, and the social impact of Black artists in Memphis



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“ The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through vast forests, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.”

- James Baldwin

 

Develop art based community spaces, with neighborhood specific programs and projects, to give artists the tools necessary to ethically engage with community.

Empower Black Communities

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"The artist's role is to raise the consciousness of the people. To make them understand life, the world and themselves more completely. That's how I see it. Otherwise, I don't know why you do it.”

— Amiri Baraka

Shift the culture of Memphis

 

Provide current information and creative media content that resonates with Black artists and their communities. Share positive stories about Memphis and the culture that makes this city so special.

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