Art on Fire

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Dixon Gallery & Gardens will host its eighth annual Art on Fire fundraiser. Last year was a blazing success with over 1,200 guests and even more are expected this year. Art on Fire is an event that unites guests from all around the Memphis community who come to have fun and support the Dixon’s Education Programs! Each year, the Dixon partners with over 20 Memphis restaurants for an evening of live music and entertainment, fire dancers, and an auction all centered around a massive bonfire on the Dixon’s South Lawn. It is always a fun and exciting evening under the stars.
The Dixon is well known for creating scholarly and inspiring art and garden exhibitions. Lesser known is that the Dixon offers vital arts education for Memphis and the Mid-South. The funds raised by Art on Fire deliver key resources to support free programs that serve a wide range of groups, from underprivileged families, individuals with different developmental challenges, and at risk youth. Through the Shelby County Schools Adopt a School program, the Dixon’s outreach instructors visit Willow Oaks Elementary and Sharpe Elementary every month. They provide art lessons to all their pre-k, kindergarten and first grade classes, which adds up to 200 students. Students are also invited to the Dixon twice a year to explore the galleries and gardens and complement their art lessons.
The Art to Grow outreach program offers a hands-on, creative experience for pre-k through 8th grade students in Memphis and the Mid South. The activities relate directly to current exhibitions on view in the museum and gardens. The colorful Art to Grow cargo van and its talented and creative instructors visit schools, churches, libraries and summer camps, bringing art and horticulture to their learning space. The curriculum offered provides students with stimulating and creative experiences teaching art concepts and skills that meet the curricular needs of elementary students in art, math, science and social studies. Each lesson includes a presentation on the topic and a hands-on activity.
Inspired by the Meet Me at MOMA Alzheimer’s Project, the Dixon created an outreach program specifically designed for people with Alzheimer’s. Mosaics include the participation of diagnosed individuals, family, friends, loved ones and caregivers. A licensed art therapist introduces participants to an interactive dialogue about selected works of art from the Dixon’s collection. The hands-on activity included in the program makes art accessible and enjoyable to people with dementia and their caregivers. Mosaics can be implemented at care facilities or at the Dixon.
These are just a few of the many community programs offered by the Dixon and supported by the funds raised through Art on Fire. When you attend Art on Fire, you support these programs and many more. Tickets are on sale now at Be sure to join us for the “hottest night of the year” and give Memphis area students continued opportunities to experience the Dixon.