The Rock ’N Roll Museum Inc. of Clarksdale, MS, has been awarded a $14,000 operating grant for the museum from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission will award in 2016-2017 and will be used to cover expenses for the museum’s programs, events and festivals. This grant is made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Organizations that support the arts play a pivotal role in growing Mississippi’s creative economy,” said Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC. “The Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to support their work, which reinforces the value of the arts for communities and for the economic development of our state.”
“For over a decade, the Rock & Blues Museum managed by Rock ’N Roll Museum, Inc. has played 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), Rock ’N Roll Museum, Inc., will continue to reach its long range goals to continue fundraising and attain financial sustainability for the museum for years to come."