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MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Ty Boyland

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Welcome to MMI’s Fellow Spotlight series! Every other week we’ll be posting an interview with one of our amazing teaching artists. Not only do they lend their talents to support MMI and engage Memphis youth all over the city, but they’re also helping to build and sustain our arts ecosystem through their independent projects.  Today, […]

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In the Age of COVID-19, Art Remains

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The past few weeks have been a roller coaster—and that’s putting it mildly. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the country, we’ve all had to re-evaluate even the most basic aspects of our daily lives, from grocery shopping and visiting family members to, yes, hand washing. These are certainly turbulent times. But […]

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MMI is in Memphis Business Journal!

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On Friday, the Memphis Business Journal published an article on how COVID-19 is impacting local arts and community organizations. The piece featured insights from our very own Director of Grantmaking and Capacity Building, Rychetta Watkins, as well as Tonya Dyson, Executive Director at Memphis Slim House, and Sabrina Norwood of the Young Actors Guild. The […]

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MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Marisa Polesky

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Welcome to MMI’s Fellow Spotlight series! Every other week we’ll be posting an interview with one of our amazing teaching artists. Not only do they lend their talents to support MMI and engage Memphis youth all over the city, but they’re also helping to build and sustain our arts ecosystem through their independent projects.  Meet […]

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MMI Survey: Short-Term Impact of COVID-19 on Local Grassroots and Community Arts Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Short-Term Impact of COVID-19 on Local Grassroots and Community Arts Organizations As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to disrupt Memphis-area businesses across every sector, local grassroots and nonprofit arts organizations are struggling to find ways to deliver programming, pay staff, and continue daily operations. Memphis Music Initiative (MMI), a leading music engagement […]

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MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Mike Mosby

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Welcome to MMI’s Fellow Spotlight series! Every other week we’ll be posting an interview with one of our amazing teaching artists. Not only do they lend their talents to support MMI and engage Memphis youth all over the city, but they’re also helping to build—and sustain—our arts ecosystem through their independent projects.  Today, meet Mike […]

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Memphis Takes Nashville: Arts Advocacy Day 2020

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Last week, Memphis Music Initiative took our show on the road. Our mission? To advocate for the arts and show our state legislators just how big an impact it has on our community. But we weren’t alone. Memphis was well-represented by local arts and community organizations, including: AngelStreet, Blues Foundation, Memphis Slim House, New Ballet […]

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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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