2013 Winner: Jeannie Tomlinson Saltmarsh: Are there fish in Lick Creek?
Presented by Crosstown Arts in collaboration with Vollintine Evergreen Community Association and V&E Greenline
Sponsored by Commercial Advisors and Southern Sun Asset Management
Locally-sourced dinner catered by chef Miles McMath; music from Deering and Down; and artist presentations of proposals for public art projects for the Greenline.
FEAST (Funding Emerging Artists with Sustainable Tactics) is an annual public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund emerging art makers. MemFeast is Memphis’ local version founded and facilitated by Crosstown Arts, helping to rethink how the arts are financed and experienced communally.
The mission of MemFeast is to support a diverse cross section of contemporary artistic and social practices, and to provide local artists with new opportunities to produce work that engages the community. Unlike many conventional grant programs, MemFeast brings people together for a communal dinner and conversation centered on creativity and innovation, where artists receive funding immediately and are enabled to make timely work.
At each MemFeast, anyone from the community can buy a ticket for a locally sourced dinner, along with drinks and a ballot to vote on the night’s presentations. During the meal, a selected group of local artists make presentations of their proposed projects. At the end of the night, the audience votes for their favorite idea and the project with the most votes is awarded $5,000 (from the ticket sales and other sponsorships) to produce the work.
Crosstown Arts will present the fourth MemFeast in collaboration with the V&E Greenline Committee and Vollintine Evergreen Community Association (VECA). Local artists, designers, and community members are invited to submit proposals for site-specific public art projects along the V&E Greenline, a 1.8 mile “linear park” and first “rails-to-trails” project in Memphis. The trail stretches between the Sears building at N. Watkins & North Parkway, to Springdale St & Vollintine Avenue, and has intersections at Stonewall, Evergreen, McLean, and Jackson.
MemFeast 4 celebrates the V&E Greenline as a sustainable stimulus of community in midtown Memphis, engaging a diverse range of users and uses both socially and geographically. To learn more about the V&E Greenline visit http://www.vegreenline.org.
The MemFeast dinner will take place on May 18, outdoors at the intersection of the V&E Greenline and Tutwiler in the Vollintine Evergreen Historic District.