July 15, 2014
DELTA BLUES MUSEUM RECEIVES
MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION OPERATING GRANT
The nation's first museum dedicated to the Blues awarded funds
for general operating support
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[Clarksdale, Mississippi - July
15, 2014] - The Delta
Blues Museum of Clarksdale has been awarded a
$27,000 operating grant from the Mississippi Arts
Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion
of the $1.34 million in grants the Commission will
award in 2014-2015 and will be used to fund Museum
operations, including events and temporary exhibits.
The grants are made possible by continued funding
from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National
Endowment for the Arts.
"The creative economy has
never been more vibrant than it is today in the communities
across Mississippi," stated Dr. Tom Pearson,
Executive Director at MAC. "This agency is honored
to play a small role in assisting these organizations
to continue their work of reinforcing the value of
the arts and the role they play in creative place-
making and economic development."
MAC Grant at Work
Delta Blues Museum
Director Shelley Ritter sees the continued support
and funding from the state agency as vital to the
growth of the Museum, citing the 2014 grant as the
10th she has successfully sought in her 11 years with
the Museum. "The Mississippi Arts Commission's
continued support of the museum is crucial to our
ongoing efforts to fulfill our mission. Our mission
aligns with that of MAC's Folk and Traditional Arts
program, in that we work to celebrate Mississippi's--and
America's--traditional musical art form, the Blues,"
offers Ritter. "I've personally seen the expansion
of both the Museum's and MAC's programs through the
years and have been pleased with the increase of traditional
artists on the MAC roster."
MAC grant funds are
also used to support educational initiatives and public
events held at the Museum throughout the year, like
But Not Forgotten" exhibit opening this Thursday
night, July 17th, from 5 to 7 p.m. Billy
Johnson's photography exhibit highlights Delta Blues
musicians who are now deceased but whose legacies
live on through their music-Museum visitors will have
a "backstage" glimpse into the lives of these artists,
through Billy's images. MAC funds will help
offset expenses for the temporary exhibit--just one
example of the MAC grant at work.
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 Susan Liles at (601) 359-6031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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-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.
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