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What does “artup” mean?


artup (n): An arts-based start-up or creative enterprise.

artup (v): To add creative value to people, places, and communities.


Arts as a tool for change.


Our vision is to artup communities for the advancement of economic, social, and racial equity.


Learn more about the work.

The Fellowship

The Fellowship is a professional development opportunity designed to provide artists and arts professionals with key concepts and marketable skills that equip them to advance in their arts-based careers or operate and run their creative enterprises.


Meet our ArtUp 2017 Fellows

“Boy am I thankful for you, your heart and the opportunities you have worked so hard for us to have to learn and grow and do better!!!…..”

–Orange Mound Resident



  • Chef Eli Townsend

  • Rufus Smith

  • Tamara Gavin


The Memphis Business Hub
for Creatives

This program offers creatives support from business mentors; access to funding; strategic professional services; high quality business planning services; and expert advice on operating strategies that will help them achieve their entrepreneurial goals.

Meet the Founder

Linda Steele

Founder & CEO

Linda Steele is the Founder and CEO of ArtUp, a project that began as a community engagement initiative at ArtsMemphis to use the Arts as a tool for social change in disinvested communities. In 2014, Steele launched the Fellows program to build the capacity of Memphis arts groups, artists, and neighborhood leaders in the emerging field of arts-based community development and has presented the work to audiences all across the country. Her work has received numerous awards such as the inaugural Robert E. Gard Award from Americans for the Arts and an Artworks grant from The National Endowment for the Arts. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Linda has used her arts management expertise to help open the first arts-based private pre-school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She has served in leadership positions at Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Cool Culture, Inc. and has an extensive background in youth development and education. She is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard University.

Meet the Founder

 

Linda Steele

Founder & CEO

Linda Steele is the Founder and CEO of ArtUp, a project that began as a community engagement initiative at ArtsMemphis to use the Arts as a tool for social change in disinvested communities. In 2014, Steele launched the Fellows program to build the capacity of Memphis arts groups, artists, and neighborhood leaders in the emerging field of arts-based community development and has presented the work to audiences all across the country. Her work has received numerous awards such as the inaugural Robert E. Gard Award from Americans for the Arts and an Artworks grant from The National Endowment for the Arts. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Linda has used her arts management expertise to help open the first arts-based private pre-school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She has served in leadership positions at Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Cool Culture, Inc. and has an extensive background in youth development and education. She is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard University.

Chris McLeod

Co-Founder + Chief Strategy & Branding Officer

Chris McLeod is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy & Branding Officer for ArtUp.  He began supporting the work in 2014 as a consultant to ArtsMemphis, helping artists and arts organizations learn how to use a strategic marketing approach to build arts audiences and engage underserved communities.  He is a regular speaker at various conferences around the country, sharing his knowledge and expertise about place branding and arts-based social change initiatives. A native of the Bronx, NY, Chris’s marketing and branding career started with some of the top Advertising, Digital, and Branding agencies in the world on such notable accounts as: ExxonMobil, Hyatt, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Humana, and Microsoft. Based in Washington D.C. He received a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Howard University.

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