• 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. A grant panel composed of four First Tennessee Foundation representatives and three ArtsMemphis board members judge the grant requests.

    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
    • Knoxville: The Knoxville Museum of Art, the Knoxville Symphony, the Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble, Knoxville Opera, the Tennessee Theatre Foundation, Bijou Theater, and the Clayton Center for the Arts, Dogwood Arts Festival's Student Art Competition, Hora Latina's Hispanic Heritage Month, Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission's MLK Celebration, Beck Cultural Exchange Center preserving African-American history, Hamblen County's Mountain Makin's, City of Maryville's Foothills Fall Festival
    • Northeast Tennessee: The Sculpture Walk, a visible expression of art appreciation, places 11 sculptures in downtown Kingsport for one year
    • Chattanooga: The Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Allied Arts, Association of Visual Artists and Cleveland's Lee University Singers