Volume 15, No. 4 | December 2022
The Official Newsletter of the Delta Blues Museum
DELTA BLUES MUSEUM LEADERS TAPPED FOR 2023 FELLOWS PROGRAM
Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has named Museum Director Shelley Ritter and Museum board member Dr. Mary A. Williams among the 40 community leaders from eight states as fellows of the 2023 Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy.
DLI is an extensive, nine-month executive leadership program that brings together public, private, and nonprofit sector leaders from the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt. The Executive Academy empowers fellows with the tools, experiences, and networks needed to address local and regional challenges. Fellows selected represent DRA's Federal-state partnership across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.
Dr. Williams has been a Delta Blues Museum board member since October 2021 and is CEO of Urgent & Primary Care of Clarksdale. Ritter has served as the Museum's executive director since July 2003. Both women extend their congratulations to the other named fellows and look forward to the learning experience, with Dr. Williams adding, "The networking opportunities offered by DLI will be phenomenal."
Since 2005, the DLI Executive Academy has provided leadership development to more than 600 community leaders from diverse backgrounds, sectors, and industries to strengthen skills development, information sharing, regional collaboration, and improve the economic competitiveness and social viability of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt. Upon graduation, DLI fellows will become members of the Delta Leadership Network, which provides peer-to-peer engagement opportunities for continued leadership development, information sharing, and collaboration with other leaders dedicated to the future of the Delta region.
GREAT BLUES BUYS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Something for every Blues Fan
Visit our Gift Shop for your holiday gift-giving. From exclusive, logo-branded items to Crossroads souvenirs, the Delta Museum Museum Gift Shop offers a variety of choices for every blues fan on your list.
If you're planning to shop with us in person, please keep our holiday schedule in mind -
Saturday, December 24th (closed)
Monday, December 26th (closed)
Monday, January 2nd (closed)
We will be OPEN during regular business hours on Saturday, December 31st (New Year's Eve).
The Museum appreciates your patronage and support - thank you!
SHOP AMAZON SMILE & DONATE TO DBM
Did you know that when you shop with AMAZON SMILE this holiday season, Amazon will donate a percentage of your total order to Delta Blues Museum?
Simply shop Amazon using our unique Amazon Smile charity link, and you'll automatically support our mission and programs.
(or select Delta Blues Foundation from the registered charity list)
BUY-A-BRICK & BE PART OF OUR STORY...
When you purchase a custom-engraved blues brick for just $100, your customized brick will be incorporated into the architecture of the Delta Blues Museum and on display for generations to come. Makes a great tax-deductible, year-end gift!
Each brick can hold up to four lines of your preferred engraving. Orders of multiple bricks can be purchased and these orders placed together. Location of your brick(s) will be determined by current architectural design.
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Thanks for your continued and future support!
Shelly 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.
This site is made possible through support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rock River Foundation.
This site made possible through the support of Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rock River Foundation.
Support for the Delta Blues Foudation, Inc has been provided by explore.org, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation.
Keeping the Beat
2023 Fellows Program
Press Release - MDNHA Grant Award
Museum Contact information
Clarksdale, MS 38614