St. Louis, MO – The National Blues Museum announced today that it has been designated an official Affiliate of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE.
As an affiliate, the National Blues Museum now has the opportunity to utilize the many technical and cultural facets of the GRAMMY Museum, including exhibitions, research and educational programs, internship programs for college students, and professional development seminars.
“We are so thrilled to extend the resources of the GRAMMY Museum and its affiliates into St. Louis by welcoming the National Blues Museum into our GRAMMY Museum Affiliate family,” says Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE. “As a music and blues historian myself, I am very excited about the opportunities that await us through our partnership with an institution that holds of high importance the historical significance of this genre of music.”
To date, only three other cultural exhibitions in the world — the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica, The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and The Beatles Story in Liverpool, England — have been named cultural affiliates.
“We are honored that the GRAMMY Museum recognizes the cultural importance of the blues and that they are supporting our efforts to preserve the history and celebrate the music,” says Executive Director Dion Brown. “As an affiliate, we recognize that having access to their resources and opportunities can only improve upon what the National Blues Museum offers to the art and its guests.”
Santelli and the entire GRAMMY Museum team were key advisors in helping plan the National Blues Museum since its inception phase, and will remain involved as the museum moves forward in mapping its growth and cultural outreach.
“We are excited to be a part of such a great, growing roster of affiliated museums,” says National Blues Museum board chair, Rob Endicott. “The relationship we have forged with the GRAMMY Museum has been key in helping to craft the vision and mission for the National Blues Museum. We are all looking forward to the amazing possibilities of what this relationship holds for the museum and the community.”
There will be an official ceremony held at the National Blues Museum on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10 a.m. At the ceremony, GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli will officially present the National Blues Museum with its affiliate plaque.
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About the National Blues Museum
The National Blues Museum is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history and legacy of Blues music and its impact on American and world culture. Located in Downtown St. Louis in the Mercantile Exchange (MX) district, the museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to be the premier entertainment and educational resource focused on the blues as the foundation of American music. Voted as a top travel destination in 2016 by The New York Times, Smithsonian.com, and CNN, the National Blues Museum uses artifact-driven exhibits, live performances and interactive galleries to perpetuate blues culture for future generations of artists, fans and historians. Conveniently located at the center of St. Louis’s convention and tourism district, the museum is within walking distance of the iconic Gateway Arch, the home venues of the MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, and many other attractions and amenities.
About The GRAMMY Museum
The GRAMMY Museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created as a partnership between The Recording Academy and AEG. Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, the one-of-a-kind, 21st century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, with four floors of dynamic and engaging multimedia presentations, and is located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only the GRAMMY Museum can deliver. For more information, please call 213-765-6800.