With Governor Tate Reeves’ announcement that museums will be allowed to open come Monday, the Grammy Museum Mississippi and its director, Emily Havens, are looking forward to reopening within the coming weeks.
“We are working on our reopening plan now, and I hope to announce the day of reopening very soon,” Havens said.
Although the doors have of the museum have been closed for close to three months now, Havens and her team have been continuing to celebrate ‘The Birthplace of America’s Music’ through virtual tours, as well as online classes.
“We celebrate that every day,” Havens said. “In fact, it has been interesting since we have been closed, taking our education program…and being able to try and do those virtually and reach people. Even though our doors are closed, our mission certainly is not.”
In four years of being open, the Grammy Museum Mississippi, which is the only Grammy museum outside of the original one in Los Angeles, has welcomed over 125,000 visitors and taught over 25,000 students from around the nation.
“We love to be part of the education community and be able to serve our state, our delta, and certainly in the region and around the country,” Havens said.
Last Friday, the museum launched an 11-week virtual music program called ‘No Place Like Home’ that provides viewers with online performances by a number of Mississippi’s finest singers and songwriters.
“We have really tried to continue to celebrate our history and legacy of this state and our great artists even while we’re closed,” Havens said.
The museum will also be offering a free, virtual summer camp in July for young musicians, ages 9-20. The registration for that can be found here.