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The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Nadifah and Sydney

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...

Meet Our Partners: Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group

Welcome to Meet Our Partners, a new blog series highlighting the local arts and music organizations we’re fortunate to count as part of the MMI network. The organizations we partner with brin...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Amaro Dubois

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 the...

An Evening at the Harriet Center

After an 18-month hiatus, MMI Grantmaking and Capacity Building grantee partners masked up to reconnect for an evening reception on Thursday, August 26. Chrysti Chandler and Sabrina Norwood, c...

Celebrating Black August Memphis Style

Here at MMI, August is Black August.  If you’re not familiar with the tradition, Black August is a celebration of Black activism and resistance in the U.S. It’s a time to acknowle...

Return to Music: A Memphis Music Initiative Block Party

On July 30, MMI and several of our downtown neighbors—including FedExForum, FedEx Logistics, the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and the Memphis Grizzlies—hosted Return to Music, ...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Dane Suarez

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 the...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Marico Ray

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...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Carrington Truehart

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...

The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Aliyah and Maya

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 w...

The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Jacquez and Andrea

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 ...

MMI Presents MMIxTape Live!

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 headlin...

The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Jasmine and Jacolby

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 highlight...

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

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...

The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Nadifah and Sydney

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...

MMI on Live at 9!

MMIxTape Live: Songs for the Future of Memphis Music is fast approaching! This morning, our Director of Grantmaking and Capacity Building, Rychetta Watkins, spent a few minutes chatting with Channe...

MMI Is In the News!

Last night, our In-Schools program director, Lawrence Blackwell, appeared on Local 24 News via Zoom to chat about our work, our impact, and our upcoming fundraiser, MMIxTape Live. Click here to wat...

Authoring Their Futures: The 2020 MMI Works Intern Scholarship Essays

This year, we learned to get comfortable with change.When it became apparent that our MMI Works summer program wouldn't be happening in person, our fearless team leaders quickly and carefully adapt...

MMI Fellow Spotlight: Meet Mersadie Wells

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...

MMI Works 2020 Summer Program Intern Projects

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 Fray...

The MMI COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Student Art Commissions

Over the past six months, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an outsized and devastating impact on artists and musicians. Memphis creatives—whether student artists or professionals—have lost...

In a Year Unlike Any Other, Memphis Youth Remain Our Guiding Light

As the new school year kicks off this week, it's hard not to feel that familiar sense of transition.But this is not a normal year.Since the pandemic hit we've all been collectively transitioning aw...

Summer in the Virtual World: How the MMI Works Program Is Navigating the Pandemic with Intentionality

This spring, thousands of Memphis students found themselves facing a very different sort of summer than they expected—one without big get-togethers with friends, trips to the mall, live concerts, o...