[JPL] LT. GOV. LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES $6M FOR JAZZ MUSEUM AT OLD U.S.
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Fri Apr 25 10:46:03 EDT 2008
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BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu today announced $6 million in
state and federal funding that will make a world-class Jazz Museum at
the Old U.S. Mint a reality.
"I'm honored that the Department of the Interior has named the Jazz
Museum at the Old U.S. Mint as one of 100 projects it is funding in the
National Park Service Centennial program this year. I want to thank
Secretary Dirk Kempthorne for his support," said Lt. Governor Landrieu.
"This news couldn't come at a better time as New Orleans prepares to
celebrate its 38th annual Jazz Fest -- a cultural tradition whose
significance is felt worldwide. The Jazz Museum will be a great cultural
asset for our community and will showcase Louisiana's rich history as
the birthplace of jazz."
The National Park Centennial Challenge is the public- private matching
element of the President's National Park Centennial Initiative to
prepare national parks for a second century of excellence in time for
the National Park Service's 100th anniversary in 2016.
The Jazz Museum has been a top priority of the Lt. Governor and is part
of his overall mission to grow the cultural economy. Lt. Gov. Landrieu
met with the Department of the Interior and White House officials in
2007 to convey the state's commitment to the creation of the Jazz
Museum. Working with Louisiana musicians, including jazz legend Wynton
Marsalis, and creating a strong partnership with the National Park
Service at Armstrong Park helped to secure Louisiana's award in the
"This project showcases what the National Park and the State Museum each
do best to create a great venue and visitor experience that neither
could do as well alone. The Park brings interpretive programs complete
with regular musical performances while the Museum brings exhibits and
curatorial knowledge. Together they offer a world class jazz museum and
performance center for local residents, schools and the visiting public
to enjoy," said New Orleans Jazz National Park Superintendent John Quirk.
The funding will be used to transform the 71,000 square-foot Mint into a
Jazz Museum through building improvements and exhibition development.
The creation of performance space for musicians will allow visitors to
understand more fully the influence of jazz on Louisiana's and the
"The Jazz Museum in partnership with the National Park Service will help
grow our state and nation's cultural economy and will draw tourists
worldwide to experience all things jazz," said Lt. Gov. Landrieu. "New
Orleans has a very authentic and distinct culture that isn't duplicated
anywhere in the nation. New Orleans gave birth to jazz. It's only
fitting that Louis Armstrong's horn and other important jazz artifacts
find a permanent home in the Jazz Museum at the U.S. Mint."
The Mint was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, but restoration
efforts were completed in October 2007. At the core of the Louisiana
State Museum's Music Collection is its internationally-known Jazz
Collection, the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world.
The exhibit has been stored since being evacuated from the storm. It
will return as an integral part of the Centennial Project.
The Jazz Collection chronicles the music and careers of the men and
women who created, enhanced and continue the tradition of New Orleans
jazz at the local, national and international levels. It consists of
instruments, pictorial sheet music, photographs, records, tapes,
manuscripts and other items ranging from Louis Armstrong's first cornet
to a 1917 disc of the first jazz recording ever made. It includes the
world's largest collection of instruments owned and played by important
figures in jazz - trumpets, cornets, trombones, clarinets and saxophones
played by jazz greats such as Bix Beiderbecke, Edward "Kid" Ory, George
Lewis, Sidney Bechet, and Dizzy Gillespie.
The jazz museum is projected to be completed by 2010.
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