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Spring 2018

South Main Artspace Lofts

New Vitality for an Historic Arts District

138 St. Paul Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38126
Art Shovels for Ground Breaking Ceremony
Performance during Ground Breaking Event
Performers at Art Lounge Community Event
Performance during Groud Breaking Event


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South Main Art Shovels at Ground Breaking

Artist talks about his work

Art Shovels for Ground Breaking Ceremony
Performance during Ground Breaking Event
Performers at Art Lounge Community Event
Performance during Groud Breaking Event



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 The South Main Artpsace Lofts is now accepting applications! Visit our leasing page for more details.


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About the South Main Artspace Lofts


Although an Artspace project is often the first step in a community’s plan to create an arts district, Memphis presents a different challenge: to help an existing arts district achieve a new level of vibrancy. Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District offers boutiques, coffee shops, galleries, and restaurants, as well as noteworthy attractions like the National Civil Rights Museum.

The South Main Artspace Lofts will help facilitate change. In partnership with the City of Memphis and the Hyde Family Foundations, Artspace will transform a historic three-story warehouse and an adjacent parking lot into a mixed-use arts facility with 63 affordable live/work units for artists and their families, and community/gallery space. A permanent population of artists in South Main will energize and stimulate the entire Arts District, giving it a stronger personality than ever before.

The South Main Artspace Lofts will transform a vacant block of the neighborhood into a hub of creative activity and is part of roughly $200 million in investments to the South Main district including renovations to the National Civil Rights Museum, the Orpheum Theatre, and the Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project. It is clear that the South Main Arts District is changing rapidly. Creating permanent, sustainable, affordable housing for artists to live in the historic arts district is a critical need of the neighborhood.


Estimated Project Cost

$17 million


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Our Thanks to...

Tennessee Housing Development Agency; City of Memphis; City of Memphis, Division of Housing and Community Development; Center City Development Corporation, Downtown Memphis Commission; The Health, Educational, and Housing Facility Board of the City of Memphis; The Health, Education, and Housing Facility Board of Shelby County; Tennessee Arts Commission; Delta Regional Authority; National Endowment for the Arts; Hyde Family Foundations; The Assisi Foundation of Memphis; Educational Foundation of America; AutoZone; Ford Foundation; First Tennessee Foundation; Nelda and Tyrone Burroughs; Southern Sun Asset Management; LOEB Properties; Ellen and Jay Heavilon; Dianne and Myron Mall


Support the South Main Artspace Lofts!

Through an anonymous local Memphis philanthropist, South Main Artspace Lofts received a challenge grant of $500,000 and private funds in the amount of $500,000 were raised in response and committed to the project!

Thank you for your support!

If you would like to donate to the project, please contact Kathleen Kvern, Senior Vice President of National Advancement, Artspace //