Spring 2019

Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community @ The Pink Palace

The Pink Palace’s bicentennial exhibit examines the legendary events and iconic Memphians who have made this city what it is. Rather than a linear overview, the exhibit is structured as a web of stories around five themes: Geography and the Environment, Migration and Settlement, Commerce and Entrepreneurialism, Art and Entertainment, and Heritage and Identity. Rather than going from event to event, the idea is to show intersections and influences in Memphis’ past. The exhibit is also designed to directly involve the community, with curated display items chosen by visitors. Click here for more information on this exhibit and other bicentennial exhibits.



If I Had a Camera: Art Shay: Activism, Civil Rights & Justice @ Art Museum of the University of Memphis, 9am-5pm on Monday-Saturday

The exhibit features the photographs of Art Shay (1922-2018), a Chicago-based photographer who in the 1960s photographed America's landmark civil rights movement, reflecting a struggle that is not history, but continues today. The exhibition includes 60 photographs depicting the 1965 voter registration effort in Fayette County, Tennessee; political action and unrest in Chicago during the 1960s (including the protests surrounding the 1968 Democratic Convention); and Memphis in 1968 at the time of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Click here for more information!


Cafe Conversations: Art Therapy @ Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 6pm

For this conversation, Kathy Dumlao, Director of Education at the Brooks, and Paige Scheinberg, MS, ATR-BC, will discuss the museum’s Art Therapy Access Program. They will introduce patrons to the unique benefits participants receive from art therapy and the art therapy program from the Brooks Museum.

Grab a cup of coffee and invite a friend. Café Conversations are not the same without you!

Free. No reservations required. Check out the Brooks Museum of Art’s events page for more information!


Ferguson Then & Now @ The National Civil Rights Museum, 6pm

A panel of activists, art professionals and a journalist will discuss what happened on the grounds during the Ferguson, MO civil unrest and what's happened since, during this fifth anniversary year of the killing of Michael Brown.

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“Sankofa” Film Screening @ Hattiloo Theater, 5:30pm-7:30pm

This film and theatre series at the Hattiloo celebrates 400 years of African-American history. Reservations can be made by emailing Elizabeth Baines at events@hattiloo.org.


National Civil Rights Museum 28th Freedom Award @ The Orpheum Theatre, 7:30pm

The National Civil Rights Museum will honor John Legend, Gloria Steinem, and Hafsat Abiola as recipients of its 28th Freedom Award. The museum’s signature event pays tribute to outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to civil and human rights.

The Freedom Award will be presented October 30, 2019 at the Orpheum Theatre at 7:30m. The Ceremony will be preceded by the Pre-Show Gala and Red Carpet at the Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts from 5pm to 7pm.

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Constellations of Differences: Rethinking Intersectionality @ The National Civil Rights Museum, 6pm

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, scholar, activist and theologian, will discuss "Constellations of Difference: Rethinking Intersectionality," seeking to not only disrupt but dismantle supremacy culture by focusing on new concepts of being and becoming.

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Audacity Fest @ Cooper Young

A Cooper-Young gathering around travel and culture with an element of environmental sustainability in a series of events that include panel discussion, entertainment and smaller break-out gatherings.


Shelby County Bicentennial @ Shelby Farms Park

This event will mark the closing ceremony of the city’s bicentennial of Shelby County’s formation. The event will feature an emphasis on the county’s six suburban cities and towns.