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From our annual Festival Friday 4 Miler and Cooper-Young Beerfest to our fantastic holiday events, we love hanging out in the neighborhood.
Cooper-Young Community Association
The Cooper-Young Community Association (CYCA) was created in March of 1977 and is a fully registered and recognized nonprofit 501(c)3. With an initial goal of mobilizing residents to stem the tide of decay that so many urban areas experienced, this organization has always functioned as a grassroots, volunteer effort. The CYCA has assisted with a number of projects including an early neighborhood watch, the installation and maintenance of the nationally-recognized Cooper Street Trestle Bridge, and the redevelopment of the communities’ eponymous corner at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. It also began publishing its monthly community newspaper, The Lamplighter, in the early 1990s; this publication continues today and is hand-delivered to each residence within the neighborhood. This organization currently maintains community office space within a redeveloping commercial area in the southeast quadrant of the neighborhood. It is financially supported through events including its annual Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4-Miler and Beerfest as well as membership dues and donations. While it continues to be a predominantly volunteer organization, it does employ a full-time executive director as well as a small part-time staff for The Lamplighter.
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Projects and Programs
A statue commemorating Cooper-Young as the site of rock and country performer Johnny Cash’s first professional engagement is another step closer to fruition. Legacy Memphis Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to erecting statues and...read more
By Joshua Bursi As it prepares to mark a milestone anniversary, Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper-Young Festival has announced it is teaming with one of the city’s most venerated public institution to this year’s event. The Cooper-Young Festival, like the neighborhood it...read more
The Cooper-Young Garden Club held its 2nd annual “Cooper-Young Garden Walk” May 20th and 21st. This botanical extravaganza was the perfect vehicle to showcase our beautiful, eclectic neighborhood while inspiring gardeners with creative garden...read more
By Kristen Schebler June was a busy month for everyone keeping up with the Landmarks process here in Cooper-Young. Not only did the neighborhood’s Landmarks Committee hold its second public meeting, the Landmarks Commission downtown has seen some big changes in...read more
August is fast approaching, and that means it’s time for National Night Out! This annual event is held throughout the country to encourage neighbors to get out and meet each other. You can also register your party with Memphis Police Department’s Crump Station to...read more
Project: Motion Modern Dance Collective celebrates its 30th anniversary season in July with STIR!, a season kickoff performance at the Jay Etkin Gallery in Cooper-Young July 8th-9th. The one-of-a-kind performance will reflect upon past works and set sights upon the...read more