As a Board Member for the past 6 years, I've been a volunteer in one of the last, great FREE festivals, The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, which includes a myriad of musical genres from the many cultures that make up the Mid-South, as well as indignenous crafts, "outsider art", pottery, textiles and wonderfully cool creature comforts that are strictly Southern in nature. This magical place is a natural haven for tourists, musicians, locals and folks looking for an authentic place to hang out.
I have been affiliated with the Center forever and now am on the Board. Our archival work is hugely important and very exciting. Our cultural tours are enjoyed by national & international tourists as well as school groups. Our work with local artists & musicians is greatly appreciated.
While the Center seeks to preserve and promote all aspects of Southern Culture, I have appreciate the Center's efforts to preserve and present the authentic music of the south, especially of this region. The music the Center presents is the REAL thing, be it Gospel, Blues, folk, bluegrass, jazz or Klezmar. There is no other organization that I know of in the South that presents such a rich variety of cultural experiences.