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The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Aliyah and Maya

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Welcome to the fifth and final installment of MMI’s Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series! Today, MMI Works student intern Maya and Relief Fund recipient Aliyah chat about Aliyah’s musical work—an aria titled “opera nera: il retrogrado (Black Opera: The Retrograde).” The piece utilizes expressionistic techniques to highlight her experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. Aliyah’s […]

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The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Jacquez and Andrea

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Welcome to the fourth installment of MMI’s Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series! Today, MMI Works student intern Andrea and Relief Fund recipient Jacquez chat about Jacquez’s art featuring a character called Dr. Stone, who makes a vaccine for the Covid-19 (represented as a monster). Jacquez’s art was commissioned through MMI’s 2020 Covid-19 Emergency Relief […]

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MMI Presents MMIxTape Live!

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In December, MMI hosted our first-ever virtual fundraising arts showcase, MMIxTape Live! It was an evening full of community, good vibes, and amazing art. Now, you can watch the show (minus headliner Cedric Burnside) on our brand-new YouTube channel! You can click the image to watch a shortened version of MMIxTape Live on YouTube. The […]

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The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Jasmine and Jacolby

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Welcome to the third installment of MMI’s Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series! Today, MMI Works student intern Jacolby and Relief Fund recipient Jasmine chat about Jasmine’s poem highlighting her perspective on living during a pandemic. Jasmine’s poem was commissioned through MMI’s 2020 Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund last May. Take a few moments to learn what inspired […]

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The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: LaDarryl and Aa’liyah

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Welcome to the second installment of MMI’s Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series! Today, MMI Works student intern Aa’liyah and Relief Fund recipient LaDarryl chat about LaDarryl’s song Thank You— a toast to the money and opportunities that have been lost to the pandemic, but that will return one day. Because “This time, like all […]

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The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Nadifah and Sydney

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Welcome to the very first installment of MMI’s Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series! Today, MMI Works student intern Sydney and Relief Fund recipient Nadifah chat about the art series Nadifah created in response to the effects of self-isolation in quarantine. Nadifah’s series was commissioned through MMI’s 2020 Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund last May. Take […]

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MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Rachel Johnson

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Welcome to MMI’s Fellow Spotlight series featuring our amazing teaching artists. Not only do MMI Fellows lend their talents to supporting and engaging Memphis youth all over the city, but they also help build and sustain our arts ecosystem through their independent projects. Today, meet violinist and violist Rachel Johnson! Rachel is a string instrument […]

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MMI Works 2020 Summer Program Intern Projects

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Memphis is music. It’s a city inseparable from the creatives and musicians who have shaped its culture, changed its politics, and built and rebuilt communities across Shelby County, from Frayser to Soulsville and beyond. Memphis’ list of music bona fides is a mile long, and while we may not be the biggest city, our musical […]

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