A cast of blues

A celebration of Mississippi's rich musical heritage

A celebration of Mississippi'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. A Cast of Blues, exhibition, was presented by The Music Education Initiative.  The exhibit's opening day was April 15, 2022 and it was available through May 27, 2022 at 214 S. Main Street in Springdale, AR.

This exhibit is A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts, and is made possible locally, by the generous support of the Tyson Family Foundation, CACHE, WhyteSpyder, MTI Consulting Group, LLC. and John and Yvonne Lee, and is free to the public.

During this seven week exhibit, The Music Education Initiative offered in addition to the 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 Mississippi blues. 

April 15 through May 27, 2022.

The exhibition was fully 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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