An Arts + Culture Campus on our Downtown Riverfront.
We're thrilled to announce that Memphis Art Park and its designer Mario Walker of Self+Tucker Architects have just been honored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Washington D.C. Just 33 projects from around the U.S. were chosen for the 2017 Emerging Professionals Exhibit in order to celebrate our nation’s rising generation of architecture and design professionals.
This year's 33 "Citizen Design" projects "tackle equity, access, ecology, and sustainability with contemporary design solutions." According to Kathleen M. O’Donnell, Manager at AIA”s Center for Emerging Professionals, “Memphis Art Park stands out because it’s a great solution for the riverfront area that focuses on community building and showcases the arts.”
Re-establishing Memphis as a thriving hub of arts and culture.
Memphis Art Park (MAP) proposes to create two community art centers and an outdoor art park on a public campus along the downtown Memphis riverfront. MAP would beautify, connect and bring dynamism to the neglected Front Street Promenade—our city’s front doorstep.
Memphis Art Park will serve as a creative incubator and an integrative forum for our city’s emerging filmmakers, musicians, dancers, performing artists, visual artists, entrepreneurs and other local creatives. The facilities throughout MAP’s downtown campus will also provide Memphis artists with an intimate yet high-profile showcase space, so locals and tourists alike will be able to enjoy our city’s emerging arts & culture amid spectacular views of the mighty Mississippi River and Downtown.
Memphis Art Park aims to nurture the soulful, artistic, and historically-innovative creativity already inherent to our city’s DNA. MAP would help catalyze our citywide renaissance, keep it local and authentic, and help re-establish Memphis as a thriving hub of arts and culture.