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 achieve a new level of vibrancy for an existing arts district, located near the birth place of Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll. In partnership with the City of Memphis and the Hyde Family Foundations, Artspace transformed a historic, three-story warehouse and adjacent parking lot into a mixed-use arts facility with 63 affordable live/work units for artists and their families, as well as a community gallery space and outdoor arts garden. The South Main Artspace Lofts is part of roughly $200 million in investments to the South Main district including renovations to the National Civil Rights Museum, the Orpheum Theatre, and the Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project.
Tennessee Housing Development Agency; City of Memphis; City of Memphis, Division of Housing and Community Development; Center City Development Corporation, Downtown Memphis Commission; The Health, Educational, and Housing Facility Board of the City of Memphis; The Health, Education, and Housing Facility Board of Shelby County; Delta Regional Authority; Pinnacle Bank; First Tennessee Housing Corporation; Tennessee Arts Commission; National Endowment for the Arts; Hyde Family Foundations; Pyramid Peak Foundation; The Assisi Foundation of Memphis; Educational Foundation of America; AutoZone; Ford Foundation; First Tennessee Foundation; Nelda and Tyrone Burroughs; Southern Sun Asset Management; LOEB Properties; Ellen and Jay Heavilon; Dianne and Myron Mall
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63 live/work units
When you have arts and artists, that is a prime attractor of business. By bringing this [project] in, you're revitalizing and re-energizing the community in every way.
Contact Patrice Valentine, South Main Artspace Lofts Community Manager for more information, or current office hours.
Applicants are also strongly encouraged to review the South Main Artspace Lofts information packet before they apply.
*NOTE: The application fee for South Main Artspace Lofts is $11.75. Cash and personal checks will not be accepted.