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Classes

We offers many classes for ages 3 to senior adults. Whether its dance, music, art, or theatre, we have the perfect classes for you.

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Programs & Services

From summer camps, to community service, we have a variety of programs in the arts. See our complete list of prgrams.

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Since 1982, MBAA & the FireHouse has been a center for joy, growth, satisfaction, pride and much creativity. As important, we've helped a lot of folks feel good about themselves and others, helping folks of all backgrounds come together to discover, share and refine their talents and skills in the arts. We are the only organization of our kind in the tri-state Greater Memphis region and we fill a void in the cultural life of this region. So, we take our responsibilities, seriously. Without the commitment and support of the community, however, we would not have been here for almost thirty years. To continue and expand the work we do, since 1982, we invite you to invest in MBAA, today. HERE ARE SOME OF THE WAYS YOU CAN HELP...

Join the Memphis Black Arts Alliance! Fees and ticket prices cover only a portion of the costs of MBAA's firstrate programming. Your support does the rest: As an Annual Member/Donor of the MBAA, you will enjoy benefits all year long. Convenient & secure on-line payments can be made through Network for Good's Donate Now Program. You can also support the MBAA with a Planned Gift, including bequests, gifts of stock, real estate, life insurance, and more. The Activities of MBAA and the FireHouse Community Arts Center would not be possible without our Volunteers! We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available, including mailings, special events, education programs, office support and more.

Annual Membership Levels

MBAA Friends

SUPPORTERS - $50 INDIVIDUALS; $75 COUPLES AND FAMILIES; $35 COLLEGE STUDENTS
Buys paints, brushes and paper for one student

 

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You receive Discounts on...

  • Tuition for Academy classes, summer camp and
    workshops
  • Tickets to selected events
  • MBAA Sankofa FireHouse T-shirt
  • All merchandise - Gift Shop items, DVDs, CDs,
    etc.
  • Facility Rental for parties, receptions, private &
    special events

ARTIST (PERFORMING, VISUAL, LITERARY) - $65
Buys Ink for 1 printer, 1 drum practice pad

 

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In addition to above, you are eligible for free or discounts for:

  • Rehearsal Space
  • Exhibitions
  • Web Site Presence
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Booking, Funding & Employment Opportunities

STAR - $100
Buys 3 Pair of Ballet/Tap Shoes for needy youth

 

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All above Supporter and Artist Benefits plus...

  • Invitation to Member-Only Exhibition &
  • Performance Previews, & Workshops

DIRECTOR - $300 ($25/mo)
Prints Arts-A-F!RE Youth Theater Troupe Program

 

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All Star Benefits plus...

  • Discount and advance ticket buying privileges
  • Priority seating at select MBAA events
  • Opportunity to host a child's birthday party at
    the FireHouse (instructor fees & supplies not
    included)
  • "Your Name in Lights!" Listing in Playbills
  • 1 Ticket to Jazz-A-F!RE Cabaret

PRODUCER - $500 ($41.67/month)
Tuition Assistance for Arts-A-F!RE Summer Camp

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  • All Director Benefits plus...
  • Name listed on MBAA's website
  • Discount and advance ticket buying privileges on up to 8 tickets to selected events
  • 2 Tickets to Jazz-A-F!RE Cabaret

Circle of Fire...Leadership & Corporate Donors

MBAA's Leadership Circle of Fire recognizes extraordinary community leaders and an association of businesses and private organizations that value a vibrant and diverse artistic and cultural environment in which to live and do business. Whether you seek to help MBAA build our community through the arts or you seek to enhance your company's philanthropic reputation, build brand awareness, provide unique opportunities for client cultivation or offer valuable employee perquisites, you will find an opportunity that meets your needs and matches your ability to give. You are invited to join us in our Circle of Fire for Leaders and Corporate Donors.

Levels of Support

CIRCLE OF HOPE - $1,000
Supports 1 FireHouse Art Gallery Show & Reception

 

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All Producer benefits plus...

  • Discount and advance ticket buying
    privileges on up to eight tickets to
    selected events
  • 4 Tickets to Jazz-A-F!RE Cabaret
  • 1/4 page b/w business/personal ad in 3
    playbills
  • Invitation to the Annual Leadership
    Appreciation Party
  • A Wall Plaque of Recognition

CIRCLE OF VISION - $3,000
Underwrites 1 FireHouse Little Theater Production

 

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Circle of Hope benefits plus...

  • Up to 5 Single MBAA Friend Memberships for family, friends, employees or clients
  • 4 Tickets to Jazz-A-F!RE Cabaret
  • 1/2 page b/w business/personal ad in 3 playbills
  • A Scholarship in your name for an Academy student

CIRCLE OF PASSION - $5,000 PLUS
Underwrites Jazz-A-F!RE Monthly Series

 

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Circle of Vision benefits plus
  • Up to 10 Single MBAA Friend Memberships for family, friends, employees or clients
  • 6 Tickets to Jazz-A-F!RE Cabaret
  • Full page color business/personal ad in 3 playbills
  • Private Jazz-A-F!RE Ensemble Performance (1hr) with beverages for 25 guests

CIRCLE OF COMMITMENT - $10,000 +
Supports Annual FireHouse Occupancy Costs

 

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Circle of Passion benefits plus
  • Up to 20 Single MBAA Friend Memberships for family, friends, employees or clients
  • 10 Tickets to Jazz-A-F!RE Cabaret
  • Full page b/w or color business/personal ad in all playbills
  • Private catered Jazz-A-F!RE Ensemble Performance (1hr - 50 guests)
  • Name recorded on Donor's Wall Plaque in FireHouse Lobby

Corporate Partners & Sponsorship Opportunities

Memphis’ vitality as a progressive metropolis depends on maintaining a vibrant, diverse artistic and cultural environment in which to live and do business. The Alliance provides an unrivaled context for putting your corporation in the public eye, while the timeliness of specific programs can ideally suit a variety of your marketing objectives. A package of benefits is available that includes sponsor visibility, hospitality opportunities, and benefits to sponsor employees. Sponsors can partner with MBAA in several ways including Production Sponsorship, Arts Access Sponsorship, Event Sponsorship or Marketing Sponsorship. Sponsorship opportunities range from $1,000 to $50,000 and beyond and are customized to meet sponsors’ business goals and interests.

For information regarding community and corporate partners, please call our Executive Director, Bennie Nelson West, at bennie@memphisblackartsalliance.org or 901-948-9522.