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Improving the work through equity in the board room

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by Sarah Lockridge-Steckel When we started the Memphis Music Initiative, we knew a few things were true. More than 26% of youth in Memphis’ underserved communities will not graduate from high school, and only 5% of youth have access to after-school music programming. This is critical because music is a powerful tool that can deepen […]

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MMI Works: centering liberation

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by Brittney B. Bullock Your liberation is bound up with mine. – Lilla Watson I often talk about liberation. How it functions and feels. I question at times if I have it, and if I’d know when I had it. I point it out when I see it. When I see it lovingly drenched over […]

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Empowering youth as agents of change

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by Lawrence Blackwell Meet our youth where they are.  This has become the guiding mantra for many of the community partners, schools, and programs I work with in Memphis.  It is a core principle from which we grow our programs at Hattiloo Theatre.   But what does meeting them where they are  mean?  Where are we […]

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Our 2018 Annual Report

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Page 2-3: Table of Contents and Letter from our Executive Director & Board Chairperson  Page 4-5: Grantmaking & Capacity Building Page 6-7: MMI Works  Page 8-9: In-Schools  Page 10-11: Our Approach + Finance and Operations          

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MMI Associates: personal and professional 

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To begin, I initially was a bit perplexed about what to write in this piece. I had few any initial thoughts as to what it was that I wanted to talk about. I mean, sure, Memphis Music Initiative is a terrific place to work. In fact, the MMI Associates program has been an absolute blast […]

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Incorporating youth voice in programming  

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Youth-serving organizations juggle the needs of participants and their families, developing culturally responsive program goals, and achieving program outcomes that insure both positive impact on the community and continued funding. Often, organizations forget that the most important stakeholder/perspective is within their own programs: youth.  By actively engaging youth in programming decisions, your organization will become […]

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Art for Life’s Sake: A Conversation with Dr. Hattie Isen

Tell us a bit about the history of Art for Life’s Sake: how did the organization get started, and how did we get to where you are in the work in 2019? Art for Life started as an after-school program years ago, around 1990, at Norris Elementary School. A year later, one of the parents […]

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Request for Proposals: Art for the MMI Fire House

Commission of Murals for Memphis Music Initiative/Memphis Equity Through Arts CALL TO ARTISTS Request for Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2019 Eligibility: Artist or artist teams, established or new to the field, living or working in the greater Memphis region. Artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply, but all submissions will be considered. Budget: $3000 for […]

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Your gifts will make room for you

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by Roniece N. Gilkey My aunt encouraged me to be a teacher when I was in college. She told me if I planned to have a family I would have the same schedule as my children and have the summers off with them. I have a Bachelor of Arts in History and I was a […]

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MMI Works: Amiya R.

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by Amiya R. Over the course of this summer I was given the opportunity to participate in the Memphis Music Initiative summer internship program, and I can honestly say it has been the most memorable two months ever. I would’ve never thought I could have as much fun with a group of people as I […]

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