All of our Artist’s Lectures and Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Many of the children attending our Saturday School and Summer Art Camp are awarded merit-based tuition scholarships.
Individual staff and faculty members contribute their time and artwork to worthy community endeavors such as the annual public television art and antiques auction.
Memphis College of Art Community Outreach Programs:
Exhibitions, Tours and Demonstrations
MCA exhibitions and demonstrations run all year long at three different locations and consist of a wide variety of art ranging from the first-year student studio display to Horn Island wilderness sculpture. All exhibitions, tours, and demonstrations are free of charge and open to the public.
Visiting Artists Lecture Series
The Visiting Artists Lecture Series brings artists, scholars, and critics to interact with the College and the community it serves. These lectures are free of charge and open to the public.
City and County Art Teacher In-service Programs
Two days each year in August and February, MCA hosts art-in-service workshops to local area teachers and faculty. These all day workshops are 100% subsidized by MCA.
Advanced Placement Vertical Team Workshops for Memphis City School Teachers
MCA conducts free workshops to train teachers in various methods of teaching accelerated art courses to high school students.
Career Days in City and County Schools
MCA sends highly qualified representatives to local area high schools and middle schools to discuss art careers with prospective art students. Participation in city and county career days occurs approximately 20 times per year.
MCA faculty and students volunteer to work with children from St. Jude undergoing treatment for cancer at Target House. These children are encouraged to explore their creative side through arts and crafts.
Saturday School classes are small by design, allowing for individualized attention to each student’s unique skills and abilities. We offer qualified teaching artists, inspiring media and excellent facilities.
Summer Art Camp
Explore, discover, create and have fun in Memphis College of Art’s Summer Art Camp. Classes range from exploratory creative expression to rigorous investigation of design principles.
Family Art Workshops
Join us on the first Saturday of every month from 2 pm to 4 pm for a free art activity at Memphis College of Art. Workshops will include drawing, painting, sculpture and more, and are open to all ages and experience levels. More info here.
Community Education Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded annually in an effort to make art camp and art education accessible to many youths from across the community who might not otherwise have the opportunity. More info here.
Triennial TAEA (TN Art Education Association)
The Triennial is a 3-day annual conference hosted by MCA free of charge to local area educators and includes teacher workshops and vendor and visiting artist displays.
WTAEA (West Tennessee Art Education Association)
WTNAEA is an annual 2-day conference hosted by MCA free of charge to educators based in west Tennessee and includes teacher workshops and vendor and visiting artist displays.
National Art Education Association State Presidents Meeting
MCA hosts all state college presidents at a meeting to discuss the state of college affairs. This meeting is 100% subsidized by MCA.