Rock & Blues Museum Receives MAC Grant

The Rock & Blues Museum of Clarksdale, MS, has been awarded a $12,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).  This grant is a portion of the $1.61 million in grants the Commission will award in 2015-2016 and will be used to cover expenses for the museum’s programs, events and festivals. 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.” 

“The Rock & Blues Museum is in its 10th year of operation and plays a vital role in the area’s creative economy and the revitalization of Clarksdale,” said Theo Dasbach, the museum’s founder and Board President.  “With the financial help from the MAC grant, the museum operates 7 days a week and provides a valuable resource to the community preserving the area’s rich history as the birthplace of America’s music.”  The museum’s grant writer, Heidi Knochenhauer said, "With the support of this generous Operating Grant award from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC), the Rock & Blues Museum will continue to reach its long range goals to continue fundraising and attain financial sustainability for years to come."

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.This is your first blog entry. What are you waiting for? Replace this text with some of your own and start blogging!

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