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MMI Works 2018: Marcus C.

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by Marcus C.  This summer was very extraordinary. I got to work at The Levitt Shell located by the Memphis Zoo. My experience working at there was extravagant because I got to work around many famous stars that travel all around the world performing different genres of music. My job was a videographer. I had […]

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MMI Works 2018: Angel W.

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by Angel W.  This summer I worked at The Consortium MMT in the Talent Development Complex. At the TDC I worked as the Social Media Assistant. I learned a lot about the music business while working there. I want to thank Memphis Music Initiative for giving me the opportunity to work for a non-profit organization […]

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MMI Works 2018: Aliyah W.

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by Aliyah W. During the 2017-18 school year, the Memphis Music Initiative team taught us about branding and marketing ourselves. With this in mind I had steps I was able to consciously follow when it was time to take quality photos and videos of my work. I was more willing to create more content to […]

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Program Development Institute: Perfecting Gifts

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by Sharonda Mitchell As a young lady who was greatly inspired through Arts in our Schools and mentored through various summer camps similar to Sing-City; I know the impact of music first hand. Being a native of Memphis, my desire is to use my talents and experience to help kids and teens create a love […]

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Program Development Institute: Young Actors Guild

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by Bonita Iluobe Young Actors Guild is increasingly becoming known as a local treasure that contributes enormously to the creative arts development of young adults in the Greater Memphis community.  YAG was founded by Chrysti Chandler in 1991 to impact, inspire, and engage youth in the arts.  She molded her youthful fantasies, played out to […]

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MMI Works Externship 2018: Student reflections on South Africa

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These reflections were first published in The Commercial Appeal on September 2, 2018.  Formation, resistance, restitution by Allyson Smith Waking up this past Fourth of July was one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking days of my life. Usually, I would be barbecuing outside with the family, socializing, and seeing cousins I haven’t seen in […]

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Creating new narratives: MMI Works in South Africa

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by Lucie Thompson This summer, I was privileged to accompany five high school students from our MMI Works Intern program to South Africa. They were selected for the Externship to South Africa based on their participation and growth within the MMI Works program.  MMI Works offers paid summertime internships to young people at various Memphis […]

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MMI Works Externship Preview: South Africa & Stellenbosch

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It’s probably safe to say that Alicia, Allyson, Jose, Tavion and Zavon didn’t expect they’d be spending the July 4th holiday in airports and on planes, heading thousands of miles away from America. But that’s exactly what these five students will be doing – they’re bound for South Africa to participate in the Stellenbosch International […]

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Toward the Future of Arts Philanthropy: 5 Recommendations for Action

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It’s not about you, “Philanthropy.” Philanthropic work is not about showing how smart you are, it is about empowering and liberating the people. Those who seek to help must respect the community as experts in order to drive solutions that work for the world that they know best. Whether it’s musicians, neighborhood leaders, youth or teachers, […]

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Three life lessons I learned while working in juvenile justice

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by Desiree Coleman Long before I had the pleasure of reading Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, I understood firsthand what disproportionate minority contact meant.  I spent close to 10 years working in the nation’s capital, with some of the most vulnerable communities, including incarcerated youth.  I worked in a juvenile justice system that was […]

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