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 Fund last May. Take a few moments to learn what inspired the work, how quarantine impacted his life and creative process, and how he plans to continue developing his skills.


About the Emergency Relief Fund:

Back in April, MMI established the Fund to provide some short-term, immediate relief for the individual musicians, young people, and grassroots organizations who are part of our network of programs. In total, the Fund granted $98,450 to 11 organizations, 43 individual musicians, and 18 youth to replace lost income and support ongoing youth engagement during the pandemic.

Youth applicants were able to request a technology grant, or up to $300 for the creation of new artwork pieces created in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

In reviewing the submissions, we were humbled by these students’ thoughtfulness and creativity in responding to an unprecedented crisis. We know you will be, too.