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American Jazz Museum Awarded 2012 National Endowment For The Arts - Art Works Grant


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The American Jazz Museum is pleased to announce the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS has released its 2012 Art Works Grant Awards Recipient listing. The American Jazz Museum is honored to be among those recipients.

Specifically, the American Jazz Museum has received $16,000 to support the 2012 Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival. The Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival is a day-long indoor/outdoor event featuring 15 performances on three stages by local and nationally known jazz and blues artists such as: Christian McBride, Charlie Hunter, Greg Gisbert, and Bobby “Blue” Bland, along with educational programming.

Other grant recipients include organizations such as: Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Inc., American Symphony Orchestra League (aka League of American Orchestras) (Consortium), Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (Consortium), Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral, Ravinia Festival Association, Manhattan School of Music, JazzReach Performing Art & Education Association, Jazz Institute of Chicago, International Jazz Museum (aka National Jazz Museum in Harlem), and Curtis Institute of Music among others. For a complete list of grant recipients visit NEA.gov online.

The American Jazz Museum Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2012 Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival be produced on Saturday, October 13th. Ticket pricing, programs and feature artist talent element of the event are now in development.

“The news of receiving a 2012 NEA Art Works Grant is extremely encouraging to our mission,” says Greg Carroll, CEO of the American Jazz Museum. “The funding allows continued growth of the Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival and also reinforces the diverse cultural programming we deploy in support of our organizational mission pillars of Performance, Education, Exhibition, and Research,” Carroll concluded.


Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater.

Since its inception in 1997, the Museum has hosted thousands of students, scholars, musicians fans for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of Kansas City jazz. Our mission is to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through research, exhibition, education and performance at one of the country's greatest jazz crossroads - 18th & Vine.

As the only museum in the world solely focused on the preservation, exhibition and advancement of jazz, the American Jazz Museum is dedicated to public service and collaborative efforts to expand the influence, awareness and appreciation of jazz within Kansas City and to audiences worldwide.

NOTE: Official 2012 Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival Poster is by David Terrill. Used here with expressed permission from both, the artist and the American Jazz Museum.

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