We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public, to preserve and share the works of Dr. Ernest C. Withers.
The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery, provides our local visitors and global guest with pictorial history and inspirational knowledge on past events. Our goal is to provide this resource to which people turn to for information and learning about contemporary African American history that has been captured through the lens of Dr. Ernest Withers, thereby connecting communities to it’s past to become able to build a brighter future.
“Talk About It Tuesday” is a monthly panel discussion with Q & A designed to bring people from the local community together to inspire discussion about the significant impact of cultural history in movements for economic and social justice.
With community programs such as Talk About It Tuesday, we are committed to raising history awareness, which we hope will also raise funds and donations for our continued work in preserving and presenting our precious cultural assets.
"The History Awareness Program" is a student/teacher program designed to offer subsidized tours of the museum, with a docent led tour, a short film on the life of Dr. Withers and an opportunity for Q&A with the museum staff.
Summer Internship Programs
The Withers Collection partners with Memphis Music Initiative and the City of Memphis MPLOY summer internship programs to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to gain experience working in the non-profit arts, humanities and cultural sectors.
"The Studio Lounge Presents" is a community engagement program of the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery that showcases new artists to the Memphis community. Each quarter, an artist is selected and promoted by the Museum, and event is scheduled in the Lounge, where the public pays a nominal admission to meet the artist, or hear a performance, with the opportunity to purchase art, tour the museum and book the artist for future events.
The Withers Collection prides itself in providing opportunities for the community to come together and share their passions. Our Community Arts Engagement Program ART FLOW provides visual artist an opportunity to share their works in a professional gallery space for 30 days.
"The Withers Creatives Festival is an annual festival with a mission focused on - showcasing, informing & assisting in the development of local creative talents in the city of Memphis. This year our featured arts categories are photography, film and music.