Delta Blues Museum receives $100,000 grant
Museums of America on Monday awarded a $100,000 grant to the Delta Blues Museum that will allow the museum to complete the final design for its new permanent exhibits.
The permanent exhibit will enable visitors to the Clarksdale, Mississippi, museum to explore issues of race, class and place through the blues and its influence on music and people around the globe.
“Upon completion, the museum will tell the Delta Blues story in a more-in-depth way by providing another level of interpretation of our artifacts through video and interactive visitor experiences,” said Shelly Ritter, the museum’s director.
The exhibit designers are Solid Light from Louisville, Kentucky. Solid Light has been working under Ritter’s direction to create appropriate and meaningful exhibit designs for the Delta Blues Museum.
“The new exhibits will immerse visitors in the music and stories of this singular American art form,” said John Murphy, Solid Light’s creative director.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services funded the Museums of America grant.
The Delta Blues Museum was founded in 1979 and it became a standalone museum 1999. It is the nation’s first museum dedicated to the blues.
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad to speak at the DuSable Museum
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and author of “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America,” will speak Thursday, October 8th at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place in Chicago.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and Dr. Muhammad begins speaking at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non- members. You can reserve tickets at http://thedusablemuseum.eventbrite.com
Dr. Muhammad’s presentation is part of “Freedom Stories: Contested Meanings of America’s Black Past.”