#GivingTuesday to Support Delta Blues Museum

Help Mississippi's First Music Museum Raise Funds to Complete New Exhibit Designs!

The Delta Blues Museum represents the heart and soul of the Blues—not by honoring an industry or any one individual, but by honoring the culture and the musicians that shaped this art form.

Help us to meet our current goal to provide state-of-the-art educational features for the museum...

Exhibit design firm Solid Light from Louisville, Kentucky, has been working with Executive Director Shelley Ritter since 2010 to create appropriate and meaningful exhibit designs for the Delta Blues Museum, aiming to broaden the educational offerings of the Museum and allow visitors to experience a deeper story of the Blues and how it has shaped modern music worldwide as we know it. 

We have received a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to complete the $200,000 design project.  So far, $40,000 in matching funds have been raised....so our immediate need is to raise $60,000 to complete the match.

Contribute to the #GivingTuesday Campaign!

Through the #GivingTuesday campaign, the Museum is asking for your help to raise additional funds to complete designs for this much-needed exhibit expansion.  New exhibits will focus heavily on the 1940's documentation of Blues in Coahoma County and the "discovery" of Muddy Waters, showcasing his former home from Stovall Plantation.

Other sections will showcase the migration of the genre and its outgrowths....

 The Museum's permanent collection will be augmented with items and artifacts on loan from artists and collectors from around the world....

New and expanded exhibits will utilize film, video and, of course, music. Listening stations and interactive kiosks will offer visitors a chance to hear the music created by these artists and follow its development from Africa to modern day.

Please help us expand our exhibits so we may tell a deeper story of America's music for generations to come.

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 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...

...as well as a 2014 winner 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, 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

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About the Organization

Delta Blues Museum dba Delta Blues Foundation

The Delta Blues Foundation is a 501c3 that supports the work of the Delta Blues Museum.

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 of the blues.

The Blues represent the roots of American music. And as Mississippi’s oldest music museum, the Delta Blues Museum represents the heart and soul of the Blues—not by honoring an industry or any one individual, but by honoring the culture and the musicians that shaped this art form. Help us to provide state-of-the-art educational features for the museum. Donate today and help the Delta Blues Museum tell an even deeper story of the Blues for generations to come.

The Delta Blues Museum has been awarded a $100,000 Museums for America Grant, given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The purpose of the grant is to complete the final design for new permanent exhibits, allowing visitors to explore highly relevant issues of race, class, and place through the blues and its...

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