Events for April 12, 2017
The Memphis Center is proud to welcome Anthony Siracusa, a Rhodes alum and currently a Ph.D. candidate in History at Vanderbilt University. Siracusa’s research traces the development of nonviolence as strategy and ideology in the Black freedom struggle in the 20th century. In this thought-provoking talk, Siracusa – a native Memphian who has researched the areaFind out more »
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Spring TRAINING opportunities for 7th-12th graders:
Saturday, February 10th, 1:30pm-4:30pm at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105) 100 spots available
Monday, February 12th, 4:30pm-7:30pm at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105) 100 spots available
Bridge Builders will develop unique connections with each other through communication and team building activities.
Saturday, February 3rd 2:00pm-5:00pm
7th-12th Positive Self-Imaging Dance Elective at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105)
This interactive workshop aims to help students improve their self-image through the creative construction of dance. In addition to having conversations about self-image and body image, students will learn basic movements in the style of Turkish Middle Eastern dance as a way of reclaiming their bodies. Students will work as a team to create one large group piece that will be showcased at the end of the workshop. Students must come dressed in loose or comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle and a scarf of some type for their hips. Parents and guardians are welcome to view the final performance around 4:40pm. 20 spots available.
Wednesday, February 7th 5:15pm-6:30pm
7th-12th Paint Blotting Cloud901 Elective at Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave., 38111)
Students will be making abstract art using pen, ink, and acrylic. 15 spots available.
Thursday, February 8th 5:45pm-7:30pm
7th-12th Audio Lab Cloud901 Elective at Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave., 38111)
Students will learn how to formulate ideas for songs and work on creating melodies and cadence for songs. Good for those interested in singing and songwriting. 10 spots available.
Thursday, February 15th, 4:30pm-6:30pm
7th-12th Team BRIDGES Elective at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105)
Too much Valentine’s Day candy? Come burn some energy and calories by helping Team BRIDGES test out the games/activities we’ve recently learned…and created! 50 Spots available.
Saturday, February 17th, 10:00am -12:00pm
7th-12th Young Activists Propel the Movement Forward MLK50 Elective at National Civil Rights Museum (450 Mulberry St., 38103)
Discover young Civil Rights activists who fought to create change and carry out the work of Dr King and other Civil Rights leaders. Through visiting NCRM exhibits and examining historical photographs, meet activists such as Diane Nash, John Lewis, Joan Trumpauer-Mulholland, Claudette Colvin, and the Little Rock Nine, who paved the road of social justice. Realize your potential to follow in their footsteps, as you stand up for issues that matter to you, to create a more just and equitable world today and for generations to come. 30 spots available.
Wednesday, February 21st 5:45pm-8:00pm
7th-12th Cafe Conversations Elective at Brooks Museum (1934 Poplar Ave., 38104)
Students will engage in conversations around race in Memphis and have the opportunity to offer solutions to issues in our city.
Wednesday, February 28th 7:00pm-9:30pm
7th-12th Music of the Movement Elective at University of Memphis Rose Theatre (470 University Ave., 38111)
Join Stax Music Academy as they honor the legacies of Dr King and WDIA for their work in civil rights activism and inspiration. They will look at the music produced and performed during the era as well as the issues that impacted society then and now. 50 spots available.
Saturday, March 3rd 10:30am-11:30am
7th-12th Open Mosque Day Elective at Midtown Mosque (1288 Jackson Ave., 38107)
Memphis area mosques are opening their doors Saturday, March 3rd in an effort to increase mutual understanding. Guests will have the opportunity to attend short presentations on Islam and get answers to any questions they might have about the religion, Muslims and mosques. Parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend. 25 spots available.
Saturday, March 3rd 10:30am-11:30am
7th-12th Open Mosque Day Elective at Memphis Islamic Center (10225 Humphrey Rd., 38018)
Memphis area mosques are opening their doors Saturday, March 3rd in an effort to increase mutual understanding. Guests will have the opportunity to attend short presentations on Islam and get answers to any questions they might have about the religion, Muslims and mosques. Parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend. 25 spots available
COMMUNITY ACTION opportunities:
Saturday, February 17th 8:45am-11:00am
7th-12th Weed Wrangle Community Action at Shelby Farms Park (7146 Mullins Station Rd., 38018) CANCELED
Volunteers 16 and older are needed to help remove invasive Chinese privet plants to help improve the health of Shelby Farms Park forests. All tools will be provided. Please bring work gloves and a refillable water bottle. 20 spots available.
Saturday, February 24th 9:45am-1:00pm
7th-12th Wolf River Conservancy Annual Tree Planting Community Action at Shelby Farms Park (6290 Haley Rd., 38134)
Come out and help plant over 4,500 native trees at Shelby Farms Park! Families are welcome and encouraged to attend with their student(s). Pizza and refreshments will be provided after. IMPORTANT NOTES: everyone planning to attend MUST sign up on the registration site prior to 02/24. Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. 50 spots available.
Saturday, February 24th TBD
7th-12th Interfaith Community Action at MIFA (910 Vance Ave., 38126)
Students will interact with members of 901 Ummah, Memphis’ Muslim youth organization, while learning about the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike and the formation of MIFA. Attendees will then work together to write letters to MIFA’s Meals on Wheels recipients about what they have learned. 50 spots available.
Sunday, February 25th 2:00pm-4:00pm
7th-12th Blight to Bright: Beautifying the Medical District Community Action at Carnes Elementary (916 JW Williams, 38105)
Working with Neighborhood Preservation Inc and neighbors in the medical district, Bridge Builders will work to transform abandoned lots into positive spaces for the community by creating community gardens, planting flowers, picking up trash, and painting and creating kid friendly spaces. 50 spots available.
Thursday, March 1st 4:30pm-7:30pm
7th-12th Memphis 3.0 Urban Planning Community Action at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105)
Students will step into the minds of City Planners. They will learn what principles shape how our cities are designed, and through the different activities, they will have the opportunity to build their ideal city and to propose solutions to issues affecting Memphis. These solutions will then be given to Memphis City Planners to help shape the vision of the city in the new Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan. 30 spots available.