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The Grammy Museum Mississippi continues its Family Day events with Motown Family Day on Saturday at 10 a.m. All Family Day activities and admission to the museum exhibits will be free during and attendees will have the opportunity to enter a special drawing to win a free birthday party at the museum. This event honors the temporary exhibit Legends of Motown: Celebrating The Supremes. “The Wiz,” featuring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, will be shown. The Delta Arts Alliance will host activities and the DMI Mobile Music Lab will be on campus. Nacherrie Cooper, communications director for the museum, said, "We wanted to do a Motown themed Family Day to highlight our Michael Jackson and The Supreme exhibits, who were both Motown artists. "We typically try to tie our family days to our exhibits or current events like Mardi Gras or Back to School." These events are free to the public through the support of King's Daughters and Sons. "We are so glad we can host a free family day in hopes to help everyone regardless of their race, creed or religion have access to music education. Imagine a world without music! To keep music alive, we must continue to educate the public on it and that's exactly what family day strives to do," said Cooper. It takes several partnerships to make Family Day happen and the Delta Arts Alliance is proud to be a part of these events. DAA Executive Director Rori Herbison said, "I have said it before, I know it surely won't be the last time I say it, partnerships are key, collaborations are powerful and only strengthen the impact of our work in arts education. "The Grammy Museum Mississippi is a formidable partner and I am proud of the events we produce each time we come together to offer programming. “This coming Family Day, the DAA will again have our artists on site, including ‘the awesome and amazing Nathan Pietrykowski. I'm like a kid myself, each time I see Nathan come up with projects. I always want to try and play and create. That's what I hope the families in attendance will do. Join our Delta Arts artists and just dive in. Try. Play, get messy, create. What an incredible setting to do that in and how fortunate are we that we have that facility, right here, steps from our front doors," said Herbison. In partnership with the DAA, the Rosedale Freedom Project will also be participating in Family Day. "We have partnered with Rosedale since its inception and this summer, the students are taking a deep dive into poetry, recitation and performance under the instruction and leadership of DAA Artist-in-Residence Leah Allen. "Ms. Leah is so fierce and passionate; she is doing such great, solid work with the Scholars. I'm excited to see the Scholars perform Saturday. They will be reading original works inspired by Motown or reciting pieces that are on theme," said Herbison. Allen is working with Freedom Project veteran LaToysha Brown. Brown is a graduate of the Sunflower County Freedom Project and this is her second year working in Rosedale. She is spoken word poet and is sharing her experience to the Scholars. Brown said she got involved with the Freedom Project because, "I am passionate about the work we do and the students. They are driven to make changes in their community and lead the RFP. My hope is that they will use their writing as a tool for social justice and/or emotional peace. The students performing at the Grammy Museum is an opportunity to see what writing and performing can do for them and other people. Freedom Project Scholars are also excited to be a part of the event. "I want to go because I want to go because I want a new experience. I want to see some stuff I haven't seen before. I haven't been to the new Grammy Museum yet," said La'Dariun Mobley. "I want to come out of my comfort zone and not be shy. I want to show off my talent and meet the artist. I also want to be able to go to the Grammy Museum," added Arvyanna Russell. To learn more about Family Day and other events at the museum, visit

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