Dec 8, 2003

Scheduled to open in 2008, featuring 3 different sized theaters and original photos, recordings, and sheet music of American greats. Nancy Sinatra, Bob Dole, and Quincy Jones are three of the major movers and shakers putting this museum together.

The museum would "create an enterprise that would be a hybrid of a museum's traditional displays, a research archive, performance spaces, studio space and retail outlets." via the Washington Post

This seems to me to be good news for the Arts in Washington, DC. I am often asked the question: "If you're so interested in music, why are you living in DC?" The answer is not a short one, but perhaps by 2008 it won't need to be a question. I don't mean to say that a single museum will make this town of lobbysists and politicians into "Washy-wood," but I think it will continue to revitalize the arts in this city. The only thing that worries me is how the "backers" will choose which memorabilia and artifacts are important enough to be included. Oh, how I'd love to be a fly on the wall listening to a conversation between Hillary Clinton and Bob Dole discussing Jimi Hendrix's influences on American music.

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