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Orson W
1 E. Center Street
(Downtown Fayetteville on the Square)
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The Juke Joint Project Chosen To Host The Ozarks Preview of Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2023

the project


The Music Education Initiative was honored to receive this life-size, walk-through replica of a Delta Blues juke joint from the Clinton Presidential Center.  This unique situation created an opportunity for The Music Education Initiative to bring this cultural and educational experience to Northwest Arkansas and increase the community's exposure and access to the arts in exciting new ways!  The exhibit was designed by Kaki Hockersmith, a highly respected and renowned interior designer from Little Rock, AR.  Ultimately bringing this replica of a Delta juke joint to Northwest Arkansas is meant to make a difference in the lives of those that may never get a chance to know about a juke joint, the music of the Delta or its groundbreaking artists.

As custodians and curators of this cultural enrichment showpiece, we will continue to activate the Juke Joint Porject with content to engage and encourage our community with:  LIVE music, as a teaching/educational tool, a meeting place, a place for lectures, films, performances and guest speakers to share experiences; with programming developed for the conservation, historical preservation, interpretation, history, perspective and understanding of the Delta Blues (the root), Gospel, Soul, and Jazz (the contemporary) music, and their importance and influence on society.  We will maintain collaborating with others to engage and educate the general public while providing cultural enrichment, educational content and inspiration to the Northwest Arkansas region.

the steps

Arrange to bring in musical artists, and other guest speakers, present special programming and collaborations, bi-weekly.  April 14, 2023 - Sept. 15, 2023

Promote and market each event.

Work with other organizations such as, Experience Fayetteville, Startup Junkie, the University of Arkansas, the Pryor Center and the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, to utilize the Juke Joint Project for presentations and activations.

Install necessary updates to the exhibit.

why we're doing it

Why do we do this?  We are passionate about sharing our expertise, experience, efforts and relationships to help make NW Arkansas a destination for incredible music art entertainment.

Our mission is to engage, educate, elevate and prepare the next generation of professionals in the business of music and entertainment. We use music, entertainment and live events for economic and workforce development, and want our Juke Joint project, to benefit our communities. Our programming provides educational opportunities that are designed to inspire and educate students, musicians, underserved groups, majority groups and the community.


Exhibit Programming & Presentations:  $24,000.00 (For shows, featuring any artists, performances, lectures, presentations, and coordination of engagement with visiting scholars and guest speakers who will use the Juke Joint  Project, as a conduit and venue to deliver an authentic experience for guests.)  

Community Outreach:  $2,000

Marketing:  $1,000

Production/Audio Upgrade & Maintenance:  $2,000

Insurance:  $1,000

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.


The Juke Joint Project Chosen To Host The Ozarks Preview of Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2023

We are absolutely excited to be a part of the Ozarks Preview of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Preview.  A big thank you to the American Musicological Society, our fantastic sponsors and supporters, for allowing us to present programming like this!  Here is more information on the April 29th event:



This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Ernst S. Bauer
  • Tricia S.
  • Marlon W.
  • John & Yvonne Lee
  • Tricia S.
  • Ramsay and Jaquita Ball
  • Rose J.
  • Paige J.
  • Lisa A.
  • Artistworks365
  • Experience Fayetteville
  • Jeff Kibbey
  • Sam D.
  • troy c.
  • WhyteSpyder
  • The Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation
  • Startup Junkie
  • Juke Joint Fan