River Arts Fest

Address: P.O. Box 40001
Memphis, TN 38174
Phone: 901-261-5534
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Our Mission:
"Our mission is to cultivate, promote, encourage and develop public appreciation and support of the visual, performing, literary and culinary arts for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the citizens of Memphis and surrounding communities in the Mid South."

Our History:
In 1984, Arts in the Park began in Overton Park as a program of Art Today, an organization of the Brooks Museum under the leadership of Richard Wilson Sr.  The objective was to bring together the visual and performing arts for a weekend of dance, music, sculpture, song, paintings, fine eating and participation; a fine arts exhibition.  The success of the program led to the formation of a 501(c)3 corporation which came to be the Memphis Arts Festival.  In 2003, the name was changed to Experience Art in Memphis to reflect an expanded mission to include literary and culinary arts.  The invitation is to experience the art, to understand how it came to be, to enjoy all aspects of its creation, and to celebrate its existence.  Since 1984, Memphis Arts Festival, through Arts in the Park, RiverArtsFest and related events has involved over 1,000,000 citizens of the community in all its programs.

Recent News

  • River Arts Fest 2016

    RiverArtsFest is a street celebration of fine arts and fine local music with live artist demonstrations and hands-on art activities for all ages! Nearly 200 artists from around the country and right here at home gather to exhibit and sell their latest works of original fine ...

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  • 9th Annual RiverArtsFest 2015

    RiverArtsFest is a street celebration of original fine arts, real Memphis music and great southern food with attractions and activities for all ages! More than 170 fine artists from around the country gather to exhibit and sell their latest original works in what’s become ...

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  • River Arts Fest 2014

    RiverArtsFest is a street celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts with attractions and activities for all ages! Over 180 artists from around the country gather to exhibit and sell their latest works of original fine arts in what’s become the largest outdoor...

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  • River Arts Fest 2013

    Schedule of Evens:Friday, October 25, 20136 - 9 pm - Preview Party Mighty Souls Brass BandSaturday, October 26, 2013  NCRM Stage10am - 1pm - Recorded Programming By WEVL1- 2pm - Kris Acklen2:15 - 3:15 pm - Yancey and Yancey3:30 - 4:30 pm - Misti Rae Duo4:45 - 6pm - Ruby...

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