2018 Cooper Young Festival will be celebrated on Saturday, September 15 from 9 am to 7 pm. See you then!
The Cooper-Young Festival, hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association (CYBA), is Memphis' most anticipated outdoor celebration. Held in Memphis' largest historic district, the Cooper-Young Festival is scheduled for September 15th.
In its 31st year, this event has grown tremendously and is one of Memphis' most highly attended Festivals. This year, over 130,000 guests will enjoy an appealing mix of art, music and crafts presented by over 435 artisans from around the country. The Cooper Young Festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture and Memphis heritage.
Cooper Young was named one of the "Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in America" by the American Planning Association in 2012. Come join us for the party and get to know why Cooper Young is Midtown!
*No Pets Please
Cooper-Young Artist Invitational Entry Submissions
Cooper Young Artist Invitational
September 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Festival Friday 4 – Miler
September 14 at 7 p.m.
Calling All Young Artists – Grade 1st – Grade 12th
November 1 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Cooper Young Taps Local Gallery Owner for Poster Art
The Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper Young Festival is pleased to announce that internationally known, local Memphian and abstract artist, Jay Etkin has been named the 2018 Poster Artist.
Jay Etkin owned and operated one of the first galleries in Cooper Young between 1989 and 1999 which showcased local and regional talent, conceptual art exhibitions as well as performance works. Jay holds a B.A. and M.F.A in Fine Arts and Education from Brooklyn College in New York. Among his many accomplishments are that he apprenticed under American Realist Painter, Philip Pearlstein in the early 1970s, he was a student at the New York Zen Study Center, and was a fashion designer for B & A Prints of New York City. Jay operated the Art Studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn from 1971 through 1983 at which time he relocated to Memphis after exhibiting at the Art Academy now known as the Memphis College of Art.
Jay is a legendary humanitarian working with the South Brooklyn Council of the Arts developing workshops for at-risk youth living in inner-city housing projects in the mid-1970s and early 1980s. In more recent years, Jay gives his talent to numerous non-profit organizations such as managing the Beale Street Studios, co-creating the South Main Trolley Art Tours, advising at the Jacob’s Ladder Housing Initiative and as a director of the ArtCity Kids Inc. a 501 c3 targeting at-risk teens with dance, theater and visual arts programs. Jay is foremostly known for his artistically abstract paintings and his collection consulting for banks, hotels, hospitals and law firms here and around the country. The artist is known for his extensive African Tribal Art and Latin American Folk-Art collections. Currently, Jay is deeply immersed with the City of Memphis in the creation of the Memphis Museum of Tribal and Visionary Art.
Our Festival is one of the biggest events in Memphis annually – HUGE. We can use alot of volunteers! Please call our CYBA offices at 901-276-7222 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join in the fun as a volunteer this year!