MMI Works

Authoring Their Futures: The 2020 MMI Works Intern Scholarship Essays

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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 adapted the program to the virtual world. But while a few pieces of the MMI Works puzzle have changed, most have not. At its […]

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

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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, or summer camps. And as COVID-19 continued to impact life in America, local organizations who provide those summertime experiences were confronted with a similar reality. So, […]

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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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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 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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Even when it’s messy

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by Brittney Boyd Bullock I recently attended the National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference, where I met incredible people working in the field of healing and trauma-related spaces. Now, when I walk into a room I always assess the environment and most times I’m looking for the seat where I want my energy to […]

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MMI Works Externship: building global citizens

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by Amber Hamilton In June 2017, I had the privilege of accompanying four MMI Works students on an externship to Ireland. The students, who earned the externship by participating in our summer program last year and applying through a competitive application process, were able to experience a curated trip packed with meaningful experiences. The students […]

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MMI Works externship: our stories

by Aliciah D. My first trip out the country can be considered one of the most noteworthy chapters of my life. The country the I got to explore was none other than Ireland, a place known for particular beverages and plants with four petals.  I have traveled out of the country of my origin to […]

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MMI Youth Voices: Khamyl B.

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I have attended schools with many students who each year had the opportunity to travel overseas, whether to visit family and friends, or their families were just going on a vacation. I have always wished that I could visit other places and countries. Now with an opportunity with MMI Works I will finally get the chance to […]

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