MUSEUM OF THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA SELECTED FOR 2017 HUMANITIES PARTNER AWARD
Monday, January 9, 2017
The Museum of the Mississippi Delta will be honored by the Mississippi Humanities Council with the 2017 Humanities Partner Award. This award recognizes an individual or organization that has collaborated with the Council to broaden its scope and reach new audiences. The Mississippi Humanities Council was honored to partner with the Museum to help program the traveling exhibition The Power of Children: Making a Difference in 2016. The exhibition was produced by the Mid-America Arts Alliance in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
The Power of Children told the remarkable story of three children who faced extreme obstacles were able to change the world around them. Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White persevered through prejudice and ridicule. Anne Frank was forced to go into hiding and flee Germany with her family during the Nazi regime. She eventually died in a concentration camp after her capture, but it was not before she created a diary still read by millions.
Ruby Bridges was just six years old when she integrated the New Orleans Public School System and daily walked through protests as she made her way to a classroom that was empty except for her teacher. Ryan White was forced to leave school when he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS which he contracted from a tainted medication he was taking for his hemophilia.
In order to present these stories in a powerful way and help people to connect with the children, the Museum provided programming around each of the stories. The Institute of Southern Jewish Life staff presented a program on Jewish traveling trunks and Ilse Goldberg, a Holocaust survivor, spoke passionately to a large crowd at the Museum. A specialist in HIV/AIDS prevention spoke to the Greenwood Middle School and other local groups. An oral history program, in partnership with Delta State University, was conducted with 10 individuals about their life and childhood in the Delta. And, as a permanent reminder of this outstanding exhibition fabric artist Yolande van Heerden coordinated the making of a quilt with 48 children from the community, a piece that hangs permanently in the Museum’s lobby.
The award ceremony will be held on Friday, February 10 at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson. A reception and silent auction will take place at 5:30 pm. and the awards ceremony will start at 7:00 pm. If you have any questions, please call the Humanities Council at 601-432-6752 or The Museum of the Mississippi Delta at 662-453-0925.
The mission of the Museum of the Mississippi Delta is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit tangible artifacts which enable the Museum to educate the public about the art, history and natural history of the Mississippi Delta and its surrounding regions.