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November 22, 2016

Help Mississippi's First Music Museum

Raise Funds to Complete New Exhibit Designs!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016


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Clarksdale, Mississippi

This year, on Tuesday, November 29th, we're participating in #GivingTuesday, a global movement to celebrate year-end charitable giving.

Our goal? ... to raise much-needed remaining funding to complete the design phase of our exhibit expansion, so that we can begin fabrication of what will be state-of-the-art exhibits to deepen the story we tell about this most important American art form we know as The Blues.

Exhibit design firm Solid Light from Louisville, Kentucky, has been working with Executive Director Shelley Ritter since 2010 to create appropriate and meaningful exhibit designs for the Delta Blues Museum, aiming to broaden the educational offerings of the Museum and allow visitors to experience a deeper story of the Blues and how it has shaped modern music worldwide as we know it. Completion of these designs, however, depends on funding, and we need your help.

Contribute today to the #GivingTuesday Campaign!

Through the #GivingTuesday campaign, the Museum is asking for your help to raise additional funds to complete designs for this much-needed exhibit expansion. New exhibits will focus heavily on the 1940's documentation of Blues in Coahoma County and the "discovery" of Muddy Waters, showcasing his former home from Stovall Plantation.

Please join us in advance, starting today, to help us reach of our goal of $60,000 raised by November 30th. Visit our campaign page for all details and to make your tax-deductible contribution online.

Now through next Tuesday, please visit our campaign page and consider make a donation to us before November 30th, so we can make our expansion vision a reality for generations to come.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please let us know. Thank you in advance for your generosity, and be sure to visit our campaign to learn more about how your donation will make a difference.

Help us keep the beat!

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 and the nation's first museum dedicated to the American art form known as the Blues. 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 winner 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 honored to be a Great River Road Interpretive Center.

The "Delta Blues Foundation" is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that supports the work of Delta Blues Museum. All funds solicited through the Delta Blues Foundation are raised to benefit the Delta Blues Museum. On-line tax deductible contributions to the Delta Blues Foundation include the Deeper Roots program and the General Fund (a monetarily unrestricted contribution made to the foundation in support of the museum). Memberships and the Buy a Brick program are funded directly to the Delta Blues Museum and are not considered tax deductible.

For more information on events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum web site at

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Shelley Ritter, Director

This newsletter is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and,
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.