Crosstown Arts

Memphis, TN

Founded in 2010, Crosstown Arts (501c3) completed the renovation of Crosstown Concourse in 2017, a one-million-square-foot former Sears & Roebuck distribution warehouse in Memphis, TN. The Concourse building is now home to Crosstown Arts’ contemporary art center which provides resources and creates opportunities and experiences to inspire, support, and connect a diverse range of creative people, projects, and audiences.

The spaces and programs we manage integrate varying components of exhibition, performance, production, education, and retail. We have a variety of opportunities and resources for the creative community including a wide range of spaces for exhibition, music performances, film and video screenings, as well as programs including visiting artist talks and artist-led workshops, all open to the public. We welcome anyone in the community to join any of our events or projects, regardless of prior experience or expertise with creative interests.

Crosstown Arts offers studio residencies through a multi-disciplinary program, hosting a rotating set of sixteen visiting and Memphis-based residents for extended stays at Concourse with a mission to promote creative exchange among Memphis artists and musicians and the broader art/music world.

Concourse will also be the site for a new shared art-making facility providing ongoing access for the public to a communal woodshop, digital lab, print shop, recording studio, and other digital printing and fabrication tools.

A newly constructed 425-seat black box performing arts theater is scheduled to open on-site at Crosstown Concourse in late 2018, designed to offer Memphis’ music community an intimate venue for live performance for Memphis-based and touring acts. The theater will also provide opportunities for art house film screenings, experimental art/music performance, Crosstown Arts community theater program, and assembly space for Concourse tenants.

All Crosstown Arts’ spaces and programs, including a new café, bar and other communal areas, are committed to the value of inclusivity and providing ongoing access for creative exchange for a wide range of Memphians.