• Arts Hero
  • Proud supporter of the arts

    Art lifts our spirits and expands our horizons. Because art plays a vital role in a healthy community, expressing the diversity within our common humanity, the First Tennessee Foundation is a long-time supporter. One of our signature investments is ArtsFirst, a program to promote excellence and enrichment in the arts in Memphis. This new approach allows us to leverage the grant-making expertise of ArtsMemphis while ensuring we continue to make a significant impact in the community. The grant panel is composed of First Tennessee Foundation representatives.

    Throughout the state, First Tennessee Foundation helps art flourish:

    • Nashville: Cheekwood Museum of Art and Botanical Gardens and Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare in the Park Series
    • East Tennessee/Knoxville: The Knoxville Museum of Art, the Knoxville Symphony, Knoxville Opera, Tennessee Theatre Foundation, Bijou Theater, Dogwood Arts Festival's Student Art Competition, Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission's MLK Celebration, Beck Cultural Exchange Center preserving African-American History, Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, Rose Center and Council for the Arts, Encore Theatrical Company and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
    • Northeast Tennessee: We are partnering with East TN State University in the construction of the new Performing Arts Center in Johnson City, and also sponsor the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville and the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. We also support The Sculpture Walk in downtown Kingsport, which is a visible expression of art appreciation consisting of 11 sculptures.
    • Chattanooga: The Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Allied Arts, Association of Visual Artists and Cleveland's Lee University Singers