National Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society Mission Statement
Purpose The Marian Anderson Historical Society is an organization that has been dedicated to promoting the late classical singer, who was considered of the most important opera performers of the 20th century, showcasing her Residence as a Museum, a National Historical Landmark and supporting the development and performance of Young Classical and Performing Artist Scholars. The organization was founded by Blanche Burton-Lyles and has existed for the past 23 years. The society itself consists of The Marian Anderson Residence Museum at 762 S. Martin St., where Anderson lived for much of her life. Beyond that, the area around these sites has been named the Marian Anderson Village, which proudly boasts flags around the neighborhood. In addition to the residence house, the village contains Marian Anderson’s church, elementary school and a recreational center dedicated to her. Aside from merely promoting Anderson through displaying imagery from her life, the society seeks to spread Anderson’s music throughout the world. The scholars’ program frequently supports young classical and opera singers from around the world. These artists perform regularly at events that the society sponsors and we promote their budding careers. the National MAHS also partners with the Arts Empowerment Project to provide education, development and performance for all Children in the Arts in the Tri-State Area.
Vision The vision of the MAHS is to evolve to becoming one of the premiere Classical Vocal Arts organizations worldwide that launches Professional Careers of Educated Vocal Artists as well as top best Museum destinations in the United States.