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Inspiring New Talent

When Suzanne Landers and her husband Bill prepared to celebrate their son Andrew’s graduation from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), they also pursued plans to support his long-term professional goals. They purchased two buildings on Scott Street in Memphis’ Binghamton neighborhood and collaborated with Andrew and SCAD classmate Cory Elder to build a combined living area and working studio. They were able to create a two-bedroom apartment as well as sufficient space for large-scale equipment such as a screen-printing rig and the furnace required for metal sculpting.

Wanting to provide greater access to these tools and build on Memphis’ supportive network of creators, Cory and Andrew founded Scott Street Arts. The group provides professional and promotional opportunities to help bring together and advance the local arts community. 

The Landers family renovated the buildings that had sat empty for twenty years using a home equity line of credit from Financial Federal. They had decades of past experience with the Bank for mortgage and refinancing with Ruth Carr before working with Ginny Johnson to establish the HELOC.

“Financial Federal is local, and they do a good job of staying focused on the needs of their clients,” says Bill. “For us, it was an easy decision for to pursue this project with a team that takes a personalized approach.”

For more information on Scott Street Arts, contact Ginny Johnson (gjohnson [at] finfedmem [dot] com).