Program areas at Crosstown Arts
Crosstown Arts manages a variety of exhibition spaces that include over 5,000 square feet of gallery space in multiple locations. The exhibition program hosts a diverse range of memphis-based and national/international visual artists, and includes a deliberate mix of individual and group shows curated and organized by individuals and/or other Arts organizations, often with a focus on interconnecting artists and content from varied backgrounds. Exhibitions range from highly curated shows by professional artists who work in complex and compelling subject matter to open-call shows that welcome a broad scope of participants working at any level of expertise. All visual art exhibitions are free and open to the public with 100% of all art sales going directly to the exhibiting artist(s). Crosstown Arts manages a variety of performance spaces for live music that include a small, intimate venue for audiences of up to 125 people, as well as a black-box theater for audiences of up to 400 people. Crosstown Arts' music programming focuses on live performances by memphis-based musicians, as well as nationally and internationally renowned touring musicians seeking to perform in these extraordinarily intimate venues, which were designed to provide a premiere sonic experience for the audience. The theater is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and a dcp digital projection system that supports Crosstown Arts' arthouse film programming, which includes collaborative live music scores for film screenings.
Crosstown Arts creates a wide range of public programming in and around Crosstown concourse to help revitalize memphis' Crosstown neighborhood. This public programming includes ongoing free, large-scale public events throughout the year in Crosstown concourse's outdoor public plaza and indoor public atrium spaces, as well as at the Crosstown arts-owned and operated art bar and cafe, which provide craft cocktails and coffee/pastries in quiet settings that are intentionally designed to foster conversation and connectivity, often in the context of art/music shows happening in the nearby galleries and live music venues. Public events at Crosstown Arts are attended by thousands of people throughout the year.
Crosstown Arts manages a variety of multidisciplinary and collaborative production spaces that are the core elements of the residency program, which hosts over 60 memphis-based and visiting artists and musicians, working in any medium, each year. The residency program offers accepted residents the gift of uninterrupted time and space to work on their creative projects by providing studio work spaces, separate individual and family residential housing via on-site apartments, and meals, at no cost to residents. These artists, musicians, composers, photographers, filmmakers, writers, and dancers are able to spend dedicated time on their work, in whatever capacity they choose, while participating in the residency program. No exhibitions or performances are required of the residents, but they are invited to share their work through artist talks and a public open studio night during each residency session.participants in the residency program have access to production resources and facilities that include a full-scale woodshop, a cnc machine, a laser cutter, large-format digital printers, high-end scanners, digital labs with all major music/sound/design/video editing software, screen printing, and more. These production resources are also available to any non-resident artists and musicians in memphis for a low monthly fee.