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South Main Artspace Lofts

New Vitality for an Historic Arts District

138 St. Paul Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38103
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Art Lounge Community Event

Art Lounge Community Event

Art Lounge Community Event

Art Lounge Community Event
Performers at Art Lounge Community Event

Art Lounge Community Event



Although an Artspace project is often the first step in a community’s plan to create an arts district, Memphis presents a different challenge: to help an existing arts district achieve a new level of vibrancy. Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District offers boutiques, coffee shops, galleries and restaurants. Other noteworthy attractions include the Memphis College of Art’s Nesin Graduate School and the National Civil Rights Museum.

For all of its success, however, the District is challenged by its low residential density, according to the artists, business owners and civic leaders who participated in an Artspace-led feasibility process. It is a magnet for tourists, as one participant put it, but “not a neighborhood.”

The South Main Artspace Lofts will help facilitate change. In partnership with the City of Memphis and the Hyde Family Foundations, Artspace will transform an historic three-story warehouse and an adjacent parking lot into a mixed-use arts facility with 58 affordable live/work units for artists and their families, community/gallery space and an outdoor arts garden. A permanent population of artists in South Main will energize and stimulate the entire Arts District, giving it a stronger personality than ever before.

Estimated Project Cost

$17 million


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Our Thanks to...

Hyde Family Foundations
Pyramid Peak Foundation
Tennessee Housing Development Agency
Assisi Foundation
Educational Foundation of America
Ford Foundation
Nelda and Tyrone Burroughs
Tennessee Arts Commission
First Tennessee Foundation
Southern Sun Asset Management
LOEB Properties
Ellen and Jay Heavilon
Diane and Myron Mall



Support the South Main Artspace Lofts!

To date, and with generous support from many local and national foundations, organizations, and individuals, $17 million has been raised for the South Main Artspace Lofts. Through an anonymous local Memphis philanthropist, South Main Artspace Lofts received a challenge grant of $500,000 and private funds in the amount of $500,000 were raised in response and committed to the project!

With your help we can meet the final amount needed to make this project possible - please consider supporting the South Main Artspace Lofts project by making a gift today.

Please call or email Kathleen Kvern, Senior Director of National Advancement, Artspace // 612 / 465 / 0219 //