October 2016

MMI makes the dream work

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In 2013, Memphis Public Library Director Keenon McCloy had a dream. She envisioned building a high tech lab exclusively for teens where they could learn digital skills, express themselves creatively, and gain exposure to career pathways. Fast forward to September of 2015 and the opening of CLOUD901 in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. The […]

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Nakia P. – Levitt Shell Apprentice

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My time with the Levitt Shell was an influential and also very educational experience for me. From the moment I was selected to participate in the apprenticeship, I knew that I was going to gain a lot of knowledge from working there for the summer. I have always loved watching the concerts, so being able […]

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Alaker C. – MMI Works intern

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The MMI Works experience for me was amazing. The people I’ve met at MMI and Levitt Shell are very nice and I would recommend anyone and everyone to do this program because I would do it again. When I was put in my organization, I was so excited because all of those things were me: […]

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Jawan W. – MMI Works Intern

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My experience being in the MMI program has allowed me to meet different students around Memphis. Being in the program has introduced me to students who have unique talents, students who are not afraid to be themselves and students who are confident. The program brought us all together to show people that music is a […]

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In the classroom: Music Engagement Teaching Fellow Sabrina Hu

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It has been a wonderful experience working with students in Memphis through the Memphis Music Initiative. Along with my position as a fellow with the Initiative, I also work at Rhodes College as an Adjunct Professor of Flute, perform with various musical ensembles in the Mid-South, and I am the Founder/Co- Artistic Director of an […]

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Who needs social justice education?

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I am very passionate about the power of social justice art education and I have had the privilege of sharing my work with audiences across the country.  Often, the majority of my audiences consists of white educators. Inevitably after my workshops during the Q&A, I will get some version of the following : “I am […]

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JaShun M. – MMI Works Intern

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My experience working for Streets Music Factory this past summer was definitely one that I will both remember and cherish for years to come. My knowledgeable supervisor Rufus Smith bestowed onto me several things that have opened my eyes and allowed my musical intellect to grow and prosper. I learned how to put together an […]

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Jalen E. – MMI Works Intern

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My time in the summer internship was very enlightening. It was something I really went into blind and I didn’t know what to expect. I remember the first day and the first time I was let known that I was accepted and I was a part of the group. I’m usually a very outspoken and […]

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