Wayne County Foundation Awards Grant for Starr-Gennett Music Festival and Kids Day

By constance | Arts

Jun 23

starr-gennett, richmond indiana, blues festivalRichmond, Indiana – Wayne County Foundation has awarded Starr-Gennett Foundation a grant in the amount of $5000 in support of the 2011 Gennett Records Walk of Fame Music Festival to take place on September 10.  “The Foundation greatly appreciates the support shown by Wayne County Foundation,” stated Starr-Gennett President Karen Chasteen.  “True to its mission, Wayne County Foundation has empowered Starr-Gennett to thrive, grow, and enhance the spirit of community.”

This year’s Gennett Walk of Fame Music Festival will celebrate “Mo’ Blues” with the recognition of Gennett artists Blind Lemon Jefferson, Roosevelt Sykes and Bailey’s Lucky Seven.  Free music will be presented by Randy Baker Band and The Groove Doctors, along with a Battle of Blues Bands contest.  The evening Legacy Concert will feature Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors and Nashville’s Stacy Mitchhart.  Other highlights of the Festival include free family fun, the Whitewater River Duck Regatta, recording demonstrations, and arts and food vendors.

Grant funding from Wayne County Foundation will also help support the first-ever Starr-Gennett Kids’ Day, slated for July 15.  Local youth will be treated to a free day of music and arts experiences, including an interactive concert, and prepare for their own performance and contests for the September Music Fest.  Kids’ Day will also serve as a kick-off to the new Starr-Gennett curriculum that fulfills Indiana state history standards for 1st and 2nd grades, along with a traveling school display.  The goal of both Kids’ Day and the school curriculum is to instill community pride through active learning.

Starr-Gennett Foundation is able to present Kids’ Day and much of the Music Festival free to the public through the assistance of Wayne County Foundation grant funding.

For More information, contact:

Terri Hardy, Executive Director

Starr-Gennett Foundation, Inc.

33 South 7th Street, Richmond, IN  47374

(765) 962-2860info@starrgennett.org

www.starrgennett.org facebook.com/starrgennett

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