The Delta Blues Foundation supports the work of the Delta Blues Museum, the world's first museum devoted entirely to blues. The Delta Blues Museum's exhibits showcase Delta blues artists and the history and culture of the Delta region.
The Delta Blues Museum added 7300 square feet of exhibit space in 2012. We are currently seeking funds to match our $100,000 Museums for America Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to complete final designs for new permanent exhibits, which will be a $1.6 million project.
In 2013, it was one of five museum in the nation to receive a National Medal for Museum and Library Service, our nation's highest honor for museums. Our Arts & Education Program is one of twelve programs in the nation to receive a National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award in 2014. Both awards were given by First Lady Michelle Obama at ceremonies in the East Wing of the White House.
Mission: 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.
As a public educational institution the museum’s vision is to:
Encourage a deep interest in the story of the musical style known as the Blues and those who shape, play and preserve it.
Establish a clear and a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the Blues and other forms of American music.
Provide relevant, creative educational programs, performances, exhibits and visitor experiences.
Create a museum environment where ideas are shared with objectivity and respect for our diverse audiences.
The Delta Blues Museum values:
The preservation of our music community’s unique cultural resources.
Spirit of cooperation, trust and open communications between ourselves, our visitors and those who continue to preserve the Blues traditions.
The highest professional standards and institutional integrity in all organizational endeavors.