The MFW History Ambassadors Program – HAP is an interactive, educational experience designed to enhance the knowledge of middle and high school students in underserved neighborhoods around the rich history, heritage, and culture of Memphis and Midsouth. Our Offerings HAP offers a six-week internship experience for students to discover and engage important people, places, and events that have shaped Memphis’ 200-year history. HAP participants will learn about the hidden gems of their neighborhoods, discover local history from the historymakers themselves, and connect with their own story along the way. This experience also offers career pathway trainings for school-aged youth interested in film production, media literacy, and broadcast journalism. Students will receive a modest stipend for completing this internship experience. Our Goal The goal of HAP is to foster a sense of civic and community pride through the cross-pollination of community and neighborhood stories. Thereby, connecting youth with historical and character building knowledge that not only enhances their sense of self and appreciation for the contributions their forebears have made throughout the years, but also instilling a greater sense of pride and ownership in the positive outcome of their future story. Our Process Over the course of six weeks, HAP participants […]
Verge Memphis In the fall of 2016, we chronicled the musical stories of emerging artists, musicians and producers on a quest to reach new heights with the music careers in one of the most well known music cities in the world, Memphis, Tennessee. Some of the artists featured in the 62 minute film included local favorites Nick Black, Faith Evans Ruch, Marco Pavé, Brennan Villines, Kyndle McMahan, Black Rock Revival, and Keia Johnson. We also featured local DJ’s, studio engineers, music producers and legends like Larry Dodson, Jody Stephens, Tonya Dodson, Kevin Houston, Kirk Whalum, DJ Bay and Kurt KC Clayton, to name a few. And along the way, we met other artists, producers, festival organizers, and music enthusiasts who created beautiful backdrops of this amazing story about our city’s love and appreciation for the Memphis sound and indie grind. Be on the lookout for Verge Memphis Reloaded in 2022!