The Georgia Department of Economic Development has declared 2016 to be “The Year of Georgia Music.” Inspired by this theme, the staff of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection has created an exhibit featuring highlights from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Bill Anderson, and Cindy Wilson and Keith Bennett collections, a display guaranteed to keep Georgia music on your mind.
From the dazzling (Bill Anderson’s custom-made, two-piece performance costume designed by Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors in North Hollywood, California) to rustic (overalls from the McIntosh County Shouters); from the very old (an 1835 shape-note songbook) to the very new (an autographed Grammy jacket from OutKast), the display will strike a familiar chord with all visitors. Another highlight of the exhibit is a close look at the Athens Music Project (AMP). The AMP creates a platform for research, creative development, and shared expertise in, about, and for the diverse musical communities that make the city of Athens a unique location both regionally and nationally. AMP supports faculty and student research and creative activity, integrates critical engagement with the local community into the curriculum, and promotes a better understanding of the diverse and multifaceted nature of music in Athens and its role in the social, political, and economic life of the city and the state.
“The Year of Georgia Music” is on display September 8 – December 24, 2016.