VOL. 131 | NO. 67 | Monday, April 4, 2016
More MEMShops Planned for Film Row
Communities Unlimited, program manager for MEMShop, is seeking applications for three businesses looking to locate on Film Row in Downtown Memphis.
As a business incubator, MEMShop provides subsidized rent and as well as financial planning and marketing assistance for participating small business owners. Innovate Memphis will provide funding for the program.
This will be the second round of MEMShop-backed businesses in Film Row, which is an underutilized strip of Second Street a few blocks away from bustling South Main.
The deadline to apply is April 30. For more details, visit memshops.weebly.com.
– Madeline Faber
Visible Music College Adds Partner Institutions
Visible Music College has formed three new national partnerships, allowing students to transfer credits between partner institutions and Visible’s campuses in Memphis, Chicago and Dallas.
Ocean’s Edge School of Worship, Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry and Nicolet Bible College join Visible’s previous articulation agreements with Johnson University, Belhaven University and Vicennes University.
The educational partnerships benefit new Visible students and provide current students opportunities after they’ve completed an undergraduate degree. Alumni will be able to transfer credits and matriculate into a graduate program at a partner school. In addition to general credit transfer agreements between accredited schools, students from non-accredited partner schools can transfer up to 45 credits toward one of Visible's degree programs.
– Madeline Faber
Grizzlies Holding ‘Garage Sale’ to Benefit St. Jude
The Memphis Grizzlies are having “Grizz’s Garage Sale” – a one-day-only sale with 15 seasons of T-shirts, hats, photos, furniture, autographed memorabilia, promotional giveaways and more up for grabs, with all proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“Grizz’s Garage Sale” will be held on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. MVP season ticket holders can begin shopping an hour earlier. Parking will be free on the day of the event in the Toyota Parking Garage.
Select T-shirts will start as low as $1, and more than 6,000 items will be available.
Grizz fans that can’t make it to FedExForum for the sale will still have a chance to support St. Jude by purchasing select, rare memorabilia – including the Player’s Lounge pool table – via online auctions by visiting garagesale.e.gesture.com or texting “garage sale” to 52182.
Additional ways to support St. Jude this season include the ongoing “Grizz Assists for St. Jude” program spearheaded by Grizzlies players and St. Jude Ambassadors Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. The campaign is operated on the PLEDGE IT platform to place a dollar amount on each recorded Grizzlies team assist during games through April 5, resulting in an overall performance-based donation. Campaign supporters are asked to pledge any customizable amount of their preference. The total of all pledges made per assist will then be applied directly to the total amount of team assists to create one donation to St. Jude. Fans can visit pledgeit.org/grizzlies to register their pledges.
– Don Wade
Ira Sachs to Keynote Memphis College of Art Commencement
Indie filmmaker Ira Sachs will be the 2016 commencement speaker during the Memphis College of Art commencement ceremony next month.
The event is set for May 14 at 10 a.m. on the south lawn of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave.
Sachs has directed numerous films, winning awards and accolades in film festivals around the world. Two of his movies were filmed in Memphis:L“The Delta” and “Forty Shades of Blue,” which was awarded the Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize in 2005.
His work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Sachs was born in Memphis in 1965, and graduated from Central High School in 1983. As a child, he attended Saturday school classes at the Memphis Academy of Arts - now Memphis College of Art - when President Ted Rust, a close family friend, directed the college.
– Andy Meek
Feds Support Local Farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named Memphis as part of an initiative to bolster the supply chain for local food systems. The project, dubbed Food LINC, improves access to locally grown foods by connecting farmers connect directly with consumers. Memphis is one of ten cities participating in the federal program.
Communities Unlimited will be the Memphis“value chain coordinator” for the project and will work with farmers across 98 counties in the Delta region.
The Delta Regional Authority and several Memphis philanthropies are providing seed funding for Communities Unlimited’s new role.
– Madeline Faber