MS) – 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.
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
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
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.
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.
more information on events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit
the Museum website.