National Jazz Museum in Harlem announces online museum access via Google Arts and Culture
As of February 18, 2021, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem is available for everyone to visit virtually on the Google Arts and Culture platform.
The free virtual tour allows viewers to experience high-resolution videos and images of jazz artifacts from the museum’s collections as part of the Google Arts & Culture Black History Month project.
“Jazz was born in New Orleans but spent a lot of time growing up in Harlem,” says award-winning conductor Christian McBride who, along with award-winning conductor Jon Batiste, is artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH). The Black History and Culture project celebrates and recognizes black creatives. NJMH joins over 80 partners on the platform with their own expertise and narration on black history and jazz.
“Jazz music is a centerpiece of black history, culture and art,” said Simon Delacroix, US head of Google Arts & Culture. “During Black History Month, we are proud to welcome the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to the Google Arts and Culture platform. Now everyone can experience the magic of the genre and the artists that make it up. ‘have created.
The Museum wishes to reopen its doors to the public for the indelible, energetic performances and the captivating history contained within its walls. Executive Director Tracey Hyter-Suffern said, “During the pandemic, we saw the effect on the jazz community and the vital role that this music and the arts, in general, play in anchoring us. We are a gathering space for jazz artists, educators, academics and the community. Jazz engages us with each other. Jazz is a story you can feel. It’s physical. The Museum is physical. It’s a place in Harlem where the community can connect, renew and celebrate.
The pandemic has had a severe and disastrous impact on black people and other communities of color. Black, Latino and senior jazz performers and performers are among the highest risk categories, and many have sadly died during this time. It is therefore particularly essential to share and celebrate the history and heritage of jazz, the uniquely American art form. The Museum serves as a force to keep jazz and its message alive and its artists at work, never letting the passion and importance of it fade away.
Inspired by the museum’s announcement of the partnership with Google Arts & Culture, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation offered to match every dollar donated to the National Jazz Museum in Harlem during Black History Month up to $ 5,000 . To contribute, visit here.