The Art Project - Memphis

Accessible neighborhood art freeplay venue
Overton Square / Memphis, Tennessee

The Art Project is a national art freeplay initiative. Art freeplay cultivates self-direction in all age groups, and provides a unique opportunity for cross-cultural interaction.

The Art Project was inspired by the desire to have a place for children to engage in the most freeform art play possible, but also to have a system for digitizing the work, as well as a measures for managing the art mess and providing supervised and structured art exploration activities.

Instead of dropping children off, parents have the opportunity to remain in the same space as the child, much like they are able to do in a home, in a lounge area with coffee and wine, and other adults!

The ‘Scribble-Space’ is the art-making theater at the heart of the studio that allows the child to immerse themselves in the free-play experience without sensing that they are overly supervised.

This shared periphery between the cafe/bar and art theater allows the parent-child relationship to remain intact, and opens up the opportunity to engage in the child’s imagination as inspiration strikes, leaving open the potential for co-creating opportunities between the parent and child.

The Art Project – Memphis
Interior Architecture / Memphis, Tennessee

AS / IS
Colin Billings, Dominique Price

Owner
Anna V. Blair and Katherine V. Riederer

Contractor
York Construction

Office AS / IS Team
Angus Blair, Maeliosa Barstow, Katie Logan, Cooper McKenna

The Art Project – Memphis