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      'We are the Music Makers' Exhibition in Fort Smith

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      December 6, 2019

      Friday  11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

      FORT SMITH AR 72904
      Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904

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      'We are the Music Makers' Exhibition

      We are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of American Music, organized by Music Maker Relief Foundation educates and engages viewers in the cultural history of traditional Southern music. The exhibit includes 30 panels – featuring 28 photos and stories from Music Maker musicians. A supplemental website provides audio and video components for each panel. The exhibit highlights how poverty, geography, and age have limited the exposure of these artists, questioning the widespread idea that these musical traditions they perform have “died out.”

      We Are the Music Makers! features photographic panels that delve deeply into the living musical culture of the South and the musicians who make it. Featuring photos and stories from blues and gospel artists from all across the Southeastern U.S., the exhibit hopes to shine a light on the people that helped shape modern popular music as we know it. The exhibit premiered at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts in 2014 and has since traveled to the Birthplace of Country Music, B.B. King Museum of Art, Levine Museum of the New South, the Earl Scruggs Center and many more.

      Visitors will experience thirty panels that feature photographs of traditional Southern musicians taken by Music Maker founder and Executive Director Timothy Duffy over the past twenty years. The exhibit panels speak to the significance of each musician’s style and have a storytelling quality, putting each figure in the context of their community. Audio and video are also included which further enhance the content of the panels.

      The panels on display feature musicians from all over the Southeast, from GRAMMY winning group the Carolina Chocolate Drops to the lesser known, like Bluesman Guitar Gabriel and Snake handler/circus performer Willa Mae Buckner. The exhibit draws attention to musicians that have shaped our uniquely American culture through their music.

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