Recognition from Mississippi Humanities Council

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Installation view of Power of Children at Mid-America Arts Alliance

The Museum of the Mississippi Delta in Greenwood 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 partnered with the Museum to help with its community programming, related to the traveling exhibition The Power of Children: Making a Difference in 2016.

In order to present the stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White in a powerful way and help people to connect with the children, the Museum provided programming around each of the stories. Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life – ISJL 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 Museum of the Mississippi Delta will receive its award on Friday, February 10 at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, Mississippi.