July 11, 2017
DELTA BLUES MUSEUM AWARDED
2017 - 2018 MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION GRANT
Mississippi's First Music Museum to utilize funds in
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mississippi - July 11, 2017] - Delta Blues
Museum has been awarded a $26,100 grant from the Mississippi
Arts Commission (MAC) for general operating support.
This grant represents the first year of a two-year
Operating Grant, made possible by continued funding
from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National
Endowment for the Arts.
"Arts organizations throughout the state of Mississippi play a pivotal role in sharing the power of the arts with people from all walks of life," said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC. "The arts are for everyone, and the Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to support arts organizations committed to growing the presence of the arts in their communities."
"Operating support from
MAC is vital to the Delta Blues Museum's ability to
fulfill its mission through educational exhibits and
programs, in our ongoing work to honor the artists
who created this powerful art form known as 'the Blues',"
offered Museum Director Shelley Ritter, adding
that "Mississippi's rich artistic heritage attracts
visitors from around the globe whose lives have been
enriched because of the contributions of our artists--this
appreciation and interaction helps us identify shared
values, thereby generating a higher quality of life
About the Mississippi Arts Commission
The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi's cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.
For information from the Mississippi
Arts Commission, contact Anna Ehrgott, Communications Director,
(601) 359-6546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Delta Blues Museum
Established in 1979 by the
Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized
as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum
is Mississippi's oldest music museum. A 2013 recipient
of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Services
- the nation's highest honor for museum and library service
to the community - and a 2014 recipient of the National
Arts & Humanities' Youth Program Award, the Delta Blues
Museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where
visitors find meaning, value and perspective by exploring
the history and heritage of the unique American musical
art form, the Blues. The Museum is also recognized as a
Great River Road Interpretive Center.
For more information on events
or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum
web site at www.deltabluesmuseum.org.
Members of the press may register
in the PRESS
ROOM on the Museum's website to access
further information, downloadable images and related materials.
This newsletter is supported in part
by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal