A cast of blues


A celebration of the Delta's rich musical heritage

A celebration of THE DELTA'S rich musical heritage


The A Cast of Blues exhibition features 15 resin-cast masks of blues legends created by artist, Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, as well as 15 color photographs of performers and of juke joints by acclaimed photographer, Ken Murphy. Last year the exhibit was presented by The Music Education Initiative, in Springdale, AR.



This year, in collaboration with the Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commisssion and the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, we will host the exhibit in Pine Bluff, AR from April 6th - May 25th 2023!


This exhibit is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.


During the seven week exhibit in Pine Bluff, AR, The Music Education Initiative and its partners, will offer gallery viewing, educational programming, community outreach, lectures, guest artists and performances.  The exhibition's compilation of casts and photos create a compelling portrait of the men and women who defined—and continue to shape—the tradition of Delta Blues. 

April 6 through May 25, 2023



The exhibition is accessible to all visitors.  Organized and toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national part of Mid-America Arts Alliance, the exhibition was curated by Chuck Haddix, music historian, author, radio personality, and director of the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at www.maaa.org and www.eusa.org.

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