Delta Blues Press Release
July 13, 2023
Delta Blues Museum Receives $24,000 MAC Grant
Two-year grant awarded to help offset operating expenses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[Clarksdale, Mississippi - July 13, 2023] - Delta Blues Museum is the recipient of a $24,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the more than $1.75 million in grants MAC awarded in Fiscal Year 2024 and will be used to support Museum operations over the course of the two-year grant period. MAC's annual grant funds come from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi State Legislature. Awards were made in 104 Mississippi House of Representatives districts and 60 state Senate districts.
"With the additional funds provided to MAC this fiscal year, we are able to fund 37 more grants that are providing an economic impact for Mississippi communities, the arts, and education throughout the state," said David Lewis, executive director for the Mississippi Arts Commission. "We are grateful for the support from the Mississippi Legislature and elected officials who helped prioritize the arts in Mississippi."
Director Shelley Ritter said these funds are vital to the Museum as it approaches a milestone year. "We are planning extra educational offerings and special exhibits to celebrate our 45th anniversary next year, and this funding is crucial to making our programming happen," Ritter offered. "MAC is an anchor for arts organizations, artists and arts education in our state."
About the Mississippi Arts Commission
The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving more than two million people through grants and special initiatives that enhance communities, assist artists and arts organizations, promote arts education and celebrate Mississippi's cultural heritage. MAC is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation for Mississippi and other private sources. For more information, visit www.arts.ms.gov.
For information about the Mississippi Arts Commission, please contact Ellie Banks, 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 first 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. 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.
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