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Delta Blues Museum News, Press and Reviews

Updated April, 2024

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Media Mentions & Articles of the Delta Blues Museum

The Delta Blues Musuem has been gaining world wide recognition for years now. With this recognition there have been numerous mentions of the museum across the varying media outlets available today. As such, this page has been created for quick perusal in searching for mentions and articles the museum has been featured in.

Mississippi Arts Commission Grant Awards

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. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

14 March, 2024 - Delta Blues Museum Receives "Building Fund for the Arts" Grant Read More

24 October, 2023 - FY24 MAC Mini Grant Read More

13 July, 2023 - Two year operating grant Read More

08 July, 2022 - Two year operating grant Read More

08 September, 2021 - Operating Grant Read More

28 October, 2020 - Rapid Response Grant Read More

08 October, 2020 - Operating Grant Read More

16 July, 2020 - Emergency Grant Read More

11 July, 2017 - Operating Grant Read More

May, 2017 - Mini Grant Read More

Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area Grants

The mission of The Delta Center for Culture and Learning is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships, and community engagement. The Delta Center serves as the management entity of the MDNHA and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project and the National Endowment for the Humanities "Most Southern Place on Earth" workshops.

21 December, 2023 - Funding for New Virtual Tours Read More

13 October, 2022 - Funding for New Virtual Tours Read More

23 July, 2020 - Cultural Heritage Development Grant Read More

National Endowment for the Humanities Grants

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov

09 April, 2018 - Exhibit Expansion Grant Read More

17 September, 2017 - Delta Blues Museum Interview Read More

Other Grants

Often there are times where the Museum will receive funding through other granting councils or through private means. Some of these other granting councils are backed by either State or National agencies.

21 July, 2023 - Mississippi Humanities Mini Grant Funding Panel Discussion Read More

Museum Receives NAHYP Award

Delta Blues Museum Acceptance of National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in White House Ceremony
10 November 2014 Read More

Museum Receives IMLS Award

Delta Blues Museum Acceptance of National Medal for Museum and Library Service in White House Ceremony
09 May 2013 Read More

DBM Band Featured in Documentary

Delta Blues Museum Band Documentary to Premiere on Mississippi Public Broadcasting
09 July 2015 Read More

Blues Trail Marker

The Delta Blues Museum was greatly honored by becoming part of the now legendary Mississippi Blues Marker Trail. The Museum's Blues Trail Marker was unveiled during a ceremony on April 11, 2013, which featured a reception and performance by the DBM Band. To follow the Blues Trail, please visit: www.msbluestrail.org

Delta Regional Authority 2023 Fellows Program

Museum Director Shelley Ritter and board member Dr. Mary A. Williams have both been named as fellows of the 2023 Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy.
08 November, 2022 Read More

Delta Blues Museum Named as Finalist for International Tourism Award

Delta Blues Museum has been shortlisted by the British Guild of Travel Writers for 'The Armchair Award' for its Muddy Waters virtual tour in the 2020 BGTW International Tourism Awards. Read More
19 November, 2020

DBM Wins in USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

Mississippi's First Music Museum recognized as one of the Best Music Museums in U.S.
28 February, 2020

Museum Featured on Culture Trip

America's Most Famous Drives: Great River Road
25 October 2016 Read More

Mississippi Bucket List

Mississippi Bucket List: Everything You Need to See in the Magnolia State
18 October 2016

Delta Best Award

For outstanding contributions to Tourism in the Delta, The Mississippi Delta Strategic Compact awarded the Delta Blues Museum with the "Delta Best" award. Museum Director Shelley Ritter accepted the award on behalf of the Museum at the 2012 "Future of the Delta Conference".
11 April, 2013 Read More

The Votes Are In...

The Museum has been named the "Best Museum in Mississippi" by Budget Travel. The Museum was also nominated in three categories of River Travel's "Best of the River Road" in River Travel Magazine and were among the five finalists in all of them: #1 Best Roadside Attraction; #1 Best Education Center; and #5 Best Interpretive Center.
11 September, 2019 Read Article

1,000 Places to See Before you Die

Authored by Patricia Schultz, "1,000 Places to See Before you Die" features the Delta Blues Museum in the "Blues Highway, Clarksdale, MS" chapter.


The Delta Blues Museum is proud to announce have been awarded the 2015 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.com. Reviews of the Museum can be read at TripAdvisor.com

Grammy Awards

The Delta Blues Museum is proud of Christone "Kingfish" Ingram's Grammy WIN for "Best Contemporary Blues Album" at this years Grammy Awards! As a former student of the Museum's music program, Christone manifests the mission of Delta Blues Museum and embodies the future of the Blues, and we could not be more proud of his accomplishments. To learn more about Kingfish's Grammy success please visit: www.grammy.com. As an additional side note, read about How Clarksdale, MS Keeps Blues Alive.
03 April, 2022

The Delta Blues Museum is proud to announce Christone "Kingfish" Ingram is a nominee for "Best Traditional Blues Album" at this years Grammy Awards. Join us in wishing him good luck and watching for his hopeful win on Sunday, January 26th at 8:00pm (EST) on CBS.
26 January, 2020 Read More

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This site made possible through the support of Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rock River Foundation.

Exhibits, Events and More!

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Museum Contact information

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#1 Blues Alley Lane
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Phone: 662-627-6820
Email: info@deltabluesmuseum.org