MAC Grant Award 2014-2015

(Jackson, Miss) -- The Rock & Blues Museum of Clarksdale has been awarded a $5475 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).  This grant is a portion of the $1.34 million in grants the Commission will award in 2014-2015 and will be used to help the museum continue to promote and preserve America’ music heritage and serve as an educational resource. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

“The creative economy has never been more vibrant than it is today in the communities across Mississippi,” stated Dr. Tom Pearson, Executive Director at MAC.  “This agency is honored to play a small role in assisting these organizations to continue their work of reinforcing the value of the arts and the role they play in creative place-making and economic development.”

According to Board President Theo Dasbach, “The Museum showcases Mississippi as the "Birthplace of America's Music", and builds on the Mississippi blues heritage.  We want to show the importance of the relationship between blues and rock 'n roll and its growth, acceptance, evolution and influence on music and cultures all around the world.” The Rock & Blues Museum exhibits the foundation and progression of blues music to rock music in a time line from 1912 through the 1970s. The Rock & Blues Museum also promotes music through various activities each year such as music festivals, special exhibits, performances and collaborates with other organizations in Clarksdale and throughout the state to provide educational outreach.

The 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.

For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Susan Liles – 601/359-6031 or

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