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What does ArtUp mean?

ArtUp (noun)

An arts-based start-up or creative enterprise

ArtUp (verb)

To add creative value to people, places, and communities

Learn more about the work.

We help creatives with big ideas turn those ideas into a business. Our focus is on diversity, equity and inclusion in the creative economy.

Now, with the Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program, we will also help creative business owners to grow their business, earn more revenue, and create jobs.

We are committed to supporting diversity in the creative economy through our signature initiative, the ArtUp Fellowship, which helps creatives of color and/or from low wealth communities to turn their big idea into a creative business.

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The Fellowship

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

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“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

Hub for

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

Meet the Founder


Linda P. 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.



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