Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Commercial Advisors


From one-to-one mentoring to office work days (see below), the staff of Commercial Advisors have been committed to serving at Advance.

Commercial Advisors logoCommercial Advisors, a Platinum level sponsor of Art for Jobs, provides services in office, industrial, land, and retail real estate. Founded with a core mission to provide best-of-class business real estate advisory services to the Memphis region, Commercial Advisors offers client-driven real estate solutions and assists its clients with acquisition of leased space, lease negotiations, business incentives and sales transactions.

In addition to supporting Art for Jobs, Commercial Advisors has been very involved on the ground at Advance Memphis through our mentoring programs, and we are grateful for the
many ways they support Advance Memphis and the 38126 community!

10188274775_45287c5ff1_zTo learn more about Commercial Advisors, please visit their website here.

Thanks to businesses like Commercial Advisors, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.


Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Diversified Conveyors, Inc. (DCI)

logo_dciDiversified Conveyors, Inc. (DCI), a Platinum sponsor of Art for Jobs, provides complete turnkey material handling services and a host of other services, including installation, project management, and design to its customers. DCI seeks to serve its material handling customers with excellence while contributing to its community and operating through Christian principles. Since its founding in 2000, DCI has completed projects in a wide range of commercial and industrial markets while maintaining a solid base of repeat business from some of the world’s most well-known companies. DCI was formed with a vision to use its resources to support ministry initiatives in the Memphis area and beyond. We are grateful for DCI’s generous support of Advance Memphis.

To learn more about Diversified Conveyors, Inc. (DCI), please visit their website here. Read here about how DCI gives a huge percentage of their profits to local ministries. While the article is not new, the generosity remains the same!

Thanks to businesses like Diversified Conveyors, Inc., we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.



Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Hope Christian Community Foundation


Hope Christian Community Foundation, a Platinum Sponsor of Art for Jobs, exists to facilitate the building of God’s Kingdom in the Memphis community and throughout the world by helping Christians share their resources in efficient and strategic ways. Founded in 1998 by Larry Lloyd, Hope Christian Community Foundation has granted nearly $350 million to thousands of churches and ministries worldwide that combine Christian faith with Christian action. Hope’s partnership with Advance Memphis is an enormous blessing, and we are thankful for their support.

To find out more about Hope Christian Community Foundation, please visit their website here.

Thanks to organizations like Hope Christian Community Foundation, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.





Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: NGP

ngp-logoNational Guard Products, Inc. (NGP), a Platinum level sponsor of Art for Jobs, is a leading manufacturer of weather-stripping, threshold products, lite kits, louvers, and glass for commercial wood and steel doors. Founded in 1935, NGP has become an ever advancing industry innovator, manufacturing a complete line of door seals, door thresholds, gasketing, intumescent fire seals, smoke seals, sound seals, door sweeps, door shoes, automatic door bottoms, lite kits, louvers, metal edges, astragals and finger guard products.


Here is Kelvin celebrating his promotion to permanent employment at National Guard Products.

In addition to supporting Advance Memphis through Art for Jobs, NGP has helped empower the 38126 area through hiring many grads from our programs. We are grateful for NGP’s continued support of Advance Memphis.

To find out more about National Guard Products, Inc. (NGP), visit their website here.

We are grateful for companies like National Guard Products, Inc., who enable us to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.



Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: ER2

ER2 logoER2, a Picasso level sponsor of Art for Jobs, is a socially and environmentally responsible recycling company that provides industry leading recycling and asset management services to its partners, simultaneously acting as a conduit to make a positive impact on its team members, community, and environment.


Sherri is employed at ER2 and, because of that job, qualified to open an IDA — a matched savings account for the purchase of an asset. Sherri is saving for a home.

ER2’s services include secure data destruction, zero-landfill recycling, asset management and decommission, asset recovery and purchase, liquidation and closeout, and commodity purchase. ER2’s newest facility, located in South Memphis, has already partnered with and supported Advance Memphis in a number of ways–including hiring grads like Sherri, pictured at right. We are very grateful for ER2’s support of Advance Memphis and Art for Jobs.

To find out more about ER2, visit their website here.

We are grateful to businesses like ER2, who allow us to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here. All the event details can be found on our Facebook event page – let us know if you’ll be there!



Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Patriot Bank


Alisa Huddleston, AVP, Assistant Branch Manager, and Loan Officer for Patriot Bank in Millington, and Erica, one of the ladies she mentored through the Work Life jobs training class.

Patriot Bank LogoA Picasso level sponsor for Art for Jobs, Patriot Bank is a full-service bank with a focus on community service. It serves the growing markets of north and east Shelby County, Tipton County, and west Fayette County, offering a wide range of consumer and commercial accounts as well as a mortgage division. Patriot Bank opened in Millington in October 2001 and has grown to six full service banks since its inception. Not only is Patriot Bank equipped to help you manage a wide array of financial needs, they also seek to provide personalized and professional customer service that will ensure complete customer satisfaction. We are grateful to Patriot Bank for their generous support of Advance Memphis.

To learn more about Patriot Bank, visit their website here.

Thanks to businesses like Patriot Bank, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs at Advance Memphis, visit here.



Artist’s Walls Bring New Perspective to Art for Jobs

The sixth annual Art for Jobs event will be held in the (new!) Advance Memphis Warehouse on September 15th, from 5-8pm. Moving the event from the classrooms and offices of Advance Memphis to a 24,000 square foot warehouse opens up all kinds of possibilities for the event and organizers are working on several new additions to the party.

First up? Artist’s Walls. These 8′ x 8′ false walls are being created by 25633672684_6eb1bb68d5_zAdvance Memphis Work Life participants who have chosen the “Building Connections” elective. Students of the class practice planning projects, following directions, measuring, using power tools, and working as a team to complete projects.

After the walls are built, selected artists are given the opportunity to design their “gallery” space in any way they choose. For some of our artists, this will mean murals the size of the wall itself, for others, it will be a classic gallery experience with white walls and canvases hung on the wall.


Meredith Olinger, who will be creating an Artist’s Wall, frequently works in patterns and on fabric.

We’re excited to share more about the artists who will be applying their creativity to this project, each of whom have unique connections to the community and to the work at Advance. Keep up with Advance here and on social media as we share about all of our talented and generous artists (Facebook and Twitter links at the top of the page, follow us on Instagram at @advancememphis).

27925446184_34761450fe_zJamin Carter, seen working on his wall at right, will also be contributing a Wall – learn more about his work, here. Learn more about other artists creating Artist’s Walls: Meredith Olinger, Lacey Craig, Darlene Newman, Rachel Rieves, J.E.Gillentine, David Bunk, and Jack Chambers.

Make plans to be at Art for Jobs on September 15th to see Artists’s Walls as well as hundreds of pieces by local artists and prints from nationally known artists. Learn more about the event here.


Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Triumph Bank

Listen to Traci Strickland interview Advance Memphis Executive Director Steve Nash about Art for Jobs!

Triumph Bank, a Van Gogh level sponsor of Art for Jobs, is a local community bank serving the greater Memphis area through their offices in East Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, and Arlington. Triumph Bank was founded in 2006 by a group of respected local bankers and business leaders who desired to see hometown banking return to the Memphis area.

Triumph Bank takes pride in being owned and managed in town, which allows it to serve customers in its four locations with excellence and friendliness. Because it is locally run, Triumph Bank is also able to provide flexibility to its customers, granting them with both control and confidence. Triumph Bank is proud to support the people and businesses that make up this great community.


Volunteers from Triumph Bank spent a day in our garden! Volunteers from the bank have served in various ways–from mentoring to serving lunch–and Advance is grateful for the way Triumph invests in the community.

As a way to honor their Memphis roots, Triumph is making significant investments in local neighborhoods like ours, involving their outstanding employees every step of the way. Volunteers from the bank make a difference at Advance, and we are grateful for their involvement!

To find out more about Triumph Bank, visit their website here. Triumph has a great radio show, and recently interviewed our Executive Director, Steve Nash. Check that out, here.

Thanks to organizations like Triumph Bank, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.



Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: SouthernSun Asset Management


Stuart Harris, Senior Associate with SouthernSun, is pictured here with Marcus, an Advance Memphis program participant whom Stuart mentored through a car purchase.

Our 2016 Rembrandt level sponsor of Art for Jobs is SouthernSun Asset Management. Supporting Art for Jobs from its beginning in 2011, SouthernSun is an important partner to the work at Advance. Over the years, they’ve supported Advance in numerous ways: they have hired graduates as interns, donated lunch for class, and made gifts that have sustained programs at Advance. In addition, individual staff members have served Advance with creativity and passion. The generous support of businesses like SouthernSun Asset Management empowers our graduates to pursue their educational and professional goals and move toward financial stability.

SouthernSun AM LogoSouthernSun Asset Management, established in 1989, is a research-driven investment management firm, implementing SMID Cap, Small Cap and Global Equity investment strategies. Their name reflects a commitment to shed light on investment opportunities both at home and around the globe—a commitment that has driven the company’s work throughout their history. Although their roots are proudly established in Memphis, SouthernSun travels worldwide to seek out information they need to make sound financial decisions.

To learn more about SouthernSun Asset Management, view their website here.

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.



Art for Jobs 2016 Artist: JAMIN CARTER


Jamin is seen here working on an Artist’s Wall for Art for Jobs at Advance Memphis. This 8′ x 8′ mural will be available for purchase at the event.


Art for Jobs 2016 will be held in a new location: The Advance Memphis Warehouse. With more space, comes more opportunity for creativity, and this year we’re introducing Artist’s Walls.

We’re working with a few local artists who will adopt an 8′ x 8′ wall and make it their own. You can learn more about Artist’s Walls, here. We are honored to have Jamin Carter joining us for this opportunity; he’s pictured at left beginning work on his piece.

Jamin Carter is a visual artist, educator, and activist. He holds a BFA in sculpture and painting and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in visual art education. He lives in Memphis, TN with his wife and two children.

Playful Bout, ink and acrylic on paper, is representative of some of Jamin's recent work. See more of his work on his site.

Playful Bout, ink and acrylic on paper, is representative of some of Jamin’s recent work. See more of his work on his site.

He has worked on a variety of projects both public and private such as serving as a volunteer consultant for public works, facilitating panel discussions and painting mural signs. Working out of his studio in Memphis he participants in exhibitions, and occasionally curates shows. Jamin is also a consultant with Focus 5 Inc., a group providing professional learning opportunities and program consulting focused on aligning arts integration, best instructional practices, and current thinking in the field of arts and education

Learn more about Jamin and see more of his work here, and make plans to join us on September 15th at Art for Jobs!