Director Tonya Dyson wants Slim House brand to be global


Director Tonya Dyson wants Slim House brand to be global

Famed, late blues musician Peter “Memphis Slim” Chatman was a literal cultural ambassador.

Chatman left his home in South Memphis for Chicago. Then he opted for Paris, where he ultimately died.

Tonya Dyson, the new director of the Memphis Slim House — better known as the Memphis Slim Collaboratory — first began working at the facility after a stint as a singer on the Holland America Cruise Line.

In the fall of 2014, Dyson began working at the Slim House as a contractor. Two years later, she became a Slim House employee: marketing and program manager. 

Dyson’s ascension comes as the Slim House moves from being a Community LIFT program to being its own 501(c)3. Although the Slim House attained nonprofit status late last year, Community LIFT will remain its fiscal agent for the next three years to aid in the transition. READ MORE

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