Maintaining Place | Making Space
ArtsMemphis X The CLTV
We partnered with ArtsMemphis on their 2017 CSA (Community Supported Arts). Three local artists, Lawrence Matthews III, Matthew Thomas, and Felicia Wheeler, were commissioned to create a series of work in sets of 25. We sold 25 shares in the resulting art collection at $500 per share. Each shareholder will received three locally produced works of art – one by each of the participating artists.
In recent years, Memphians have wrestled with questions of neighborhood identity in the face of gentrification and revitalization efforts. Self-proclaimed place-makers often overlook the pre-existing desires, lifestyles, and cultures within communities affected by poverty and blight. This collection of work will spark conversation and contemplation around these issues, and it will promote dialogue about how to truly honor local communities during the re-animation of Memphis.