Sept 04, 2019
DELTA BLUES MUSEUM AWARDED
FY2020 MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION GRANT
Mississippi's First Music Museum to Utilize Funds in Support of General Operations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mississippi - September 04, 2019] - Delta Blues Museum has been awarded a $23,100 grant from the Mississippi Arts
Commission (MAC) for general operating support for the 2020 fiscal year. This grant is a portion of the nearly $1.4 million in funding to artists and arts programs across the state for FY2020, which began July 1, 2019. MAC grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Malcolm White, executive director of MAC, offered his congratulations to all the recipients, adding, "One of the most important ways MAC supports the arts in Mississippi is through awarding grants to artists and organizations. In fact, half of MAC's annual funding is distributed to communities and individuals across the state each year to directly invest in the state's arts and culture."
"The Delta Blues
Museum's work is greatly enhanced by support from
the Mississippi Arts Commission," offers Museum Director
Shelley Ritter, adding, "Art education connects
students with their own culture as well as with the
wider world. Here at the Delta Blues Museum we help
make these connections through our exhibits, our arts
& education program and other forms of outreach. We
help our visitors from Clarksdale, Coahoma County,
and Mississippi and our national and international
ones make connections from the music that has its
roots here in the Mississippi Delta to other forms
of music all around the globe. We are grateful to
the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi State
Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts
for this support."
About 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 Anna Ehrgott, Communications Director,
(601) 359-6546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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 recipient 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 also recognized as 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 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