April 23, 2013
State's oldest music museum recognized for "exceptional contributions" to community
CLARKSDALE, MS (April 23, 2013) -
The Institute of Museum and Library Services today
announced the Delta
Blues Museum as one of ten recipients of this
year's National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
The National Medal is the nation's highest honor conferred
on museums and libraries for service to the community and
celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals,
families, and communities. The National Medal will be presented
to Museum Director Shelley Ritter at a celebration in Washington,
D.C., on May 8, 2013.
Medal finalists are selected
from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate
innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected
levels of community outreach. Read the full press release
and Fact Sheet online-- "Not only is the Delta Blues Museum
celebrating one of our country's most fundamental genres
of music, but they're educating the next blues greats,"
said Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library
Services. "This year's National Medal recipients
demonstrate the many ways museums and libraries alike build
Read the full press release and fact sheet online...
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 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 of the Blues. The Museum's current DEEPER ROOTS
campaign seeks $1.2 million for new and enhanced exhibits
for Phase II of its expansion--which includes the new Muddy
Waters Addition--enabling the Museum to better preserve
and display the history and work of Blues artists from the
Mississippi Delta, and advancing the Museum's ability to
"tell" stories that inspire and educate future generations
about this important American art form. Find out more at
Through its current DEEPER ROOTS
campaign, donors will help fund new and expanded exhibits--some
to be housed in the museum's new 7,300 sq. foot Muddy Waters
Addition--that will utilize film, video and music.
Listening stations and interactive kiosks will offer visitors
a chance to hear the music created by these artists and follow
its development from Africa to modern day. To find out more
about DEEPER ROOTS online, visit www.deltabluesmuseum.org/deeperroots
or contact the Museum Director for details.
For more information on events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum web site at www.deltabluesmuseum.org.
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by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state
in part, from the National Endowment for the
Arts, a federal agency.