Memphis, TN

Community Voices

A smiling Black man with short hair, wearing black glasses and a red polo shirt, leans against a wall with this arms crossed.
Corey Travis
Community Connector
An Afro-Latina wearing a black shirt is holding a Puerto Rican flag.
Dorimar Ferrer
Community Voice
A headshot of a medium light skin African American woman with braids up in two pigtails, glasses, and red lipstick.
Debra Brandon
Community Voice
An Indian woman poses for a photo while dressed in her traditional dancing attire.
Jayashree Kumar
Community Voice

Our Stories Our Art: Memphis, TN

Our Stories Our Art is a Magazine of the National Folklife Network that highlights writers who share and reflect on their folklife in the NFN’s seven regions.

Memphis Folklife Network News:

No matter where you are, art is culture. It’s tied to place and holds the history of the people who live and create in those places. It can help us make sense of the experiences we share, and those we don’t. And every place has unique cultural roots and artistic traditions. Memphis is known for the blues, but our arts ecosystem is made up of so much more. Memphis is home to organizations like Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group, who are sharing Latin-American culture through the scenic arts in order to create a unifying bridge for our communities, and Memphis Youth Arts Initiative (MYAI), where young people are introduced to the traditions of HBCU marching bands and drumline as a core component of Black musical culture. We are blessed with a wealth of music, visual art, and creativity all around us, but it’s important to recognize that our cultural treasures require stewardship, cultivation, and resourcing to thrive into the future…Read full article.

MYAI, Corey Travis
MYAI, Corey Travis
An Indian dance teacher stands with a group of Black children in an auditorium.
Jay Kumar poses with her students at a recent class.

CazaTeatro. Dorimar Ferrer