New location off Central Ave in Midtown promises to create a ‘Creative Central’ in the heart of the city
Arrow Creative, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing culture and creativity through community partnerships and participation, will now be located at 653 Philadelphia Street, along the Central Avenue Creative Corridor, in Memphis starting in March 2021.
The new location will feature more individual studios, space for summer camp, expanded retail store space, and gallery spaces. Arrow will also move ten departments of equipment purchased from the Memphis College of Art (MCA) to make accessible shared studios for Memphis makers. This expansion and new location will allow Arrow to have even greater support and opportunities for local artists and makers. Arrow Creative is currently leasing studios and creative offices ranging from 150-2,500 sq ft.
“From when we first teamed up with MCA, we always had our sights set on educating more creatives. Now, we are able to provide more space to artists and makers, which is an incredible opportunity given the current pandemic situation. We are also able to support them as a community by not only improving on their creative coworking, but also the addition of more gallery space and retail space for the public to enjoy,” said Abby Phillips, Executive Director and Founder.
Arrow will be Memphis’ Creative Central in the heart of the city. For the past year the organization has operated its concept on Broad Avenue, ensuring the functionality of its mission. The goal of the new location is to provide a supportive space for artists, makers, and hobbyists while also helping people to conveniently shop local. Additionally, Arrow Creative will provide space for youth camps, adult continuing education and much more.
Arrow Creative will start the moving process in March, kicking off the design of the new space with Collect and Curate’s Natalie Lieberman. Then, the space will hold a pop up for local artists in May and host Summer Camp through the Summer. The venue will be closed in August and September for the complete renovation process. Arrow Creative is expecting to host its grand re-opening on time to help celebrate the Cooper Young Festival.
“With the growth of the local creative economy at the forefront of everything we do, the move to a bigger space helps promote our message. We work to be a premier source of creative entrepreneur enrichment, arts education, and art immersion for the entire community,” finished Phillips.
For more information, please contact Abby Philips, or visit arrowcreative.org
Arrow Creative is a non-profit organization that serves to make art more accessible to inspire the creative spirit within everyone. Arrow Creative, spun out of Memphis Fashion Week started in 20212, formally took shape in 2017, through an initial interest in continuing the legacy of Memphis College of Art (MCA) community education programming. Key equipment purchased from MCA includes woodworking, ceramics, photography, illustration, painting, fashion design, sound lab, letterpress, paper-making, and print-making. Classes and co-working that includes this equipment is planned for the space.