The Delta Blues Museum: Bringing the Blues to the Next Generation

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Instruments in glass cases inside a museum gallery.

One of the galleries in the Delta Blues Museum. Photo courtesy of the Delta Blues Museum

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The Delta Blues Museum is in the heart of the Mississippi Delta—one of the few museums in a rural farming area in the South. Yet, it has become a cultural center, welcoming visitors from abroad and providing area residents with music and programming.  With some help from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Delta Blues Museum created an award-winning arts and education program that serves the young people in the community. And like the blues itself, it happened organically.