(CLARKSDALE, MS) – Enjoying an extensive private tour of the Delta Blues Museum conducted by director Shelley Ritter, National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jon Peede of Washington D.C. was enthusiastic over permanent exhibit plans being funded by a NEH grant. Ritter thanked the Chairman for the NEH grant of $460,000 that will help fund new permanent exhibits and underscored the importance of raising additional funds critical to complete the project. Also pictured are Craig Ray, Visit Mississippi director; state Rep. Orlando Paden, and Jonathan Noffke who heads Solid Light exhibit designers of Louisville, KY.
Museum exhibit designer Jonathan Noffke of Louisville held the plans and pointed out DBM blueprint highlights for NEH Chairman Peede. Also pictured are Mississippi Humanities Council director Stuart Rockoff of Jackson and state Rep. Orlando Paden.
Addressing Delta Blues Museum board members, supporters, and area officials welcoming him to Clarksdale for the first time since his appointment, NEH Chairman Jon Peede of Washington, D.C. praises the DBM’s award-winning after-school program for student musicians before their reception performance.
Photos/caption credits: Panny Mayfield
Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the award-winning 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.