A local museum is teaching kids about the meaning of the Juneteenth holiday and jazz

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A local museum is teaching kids about the meaning of the Juneteenth holiday and jazz. The Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum says they've been teaching kids all week about the meaning of jazz with their exhibit.

Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum is teaching kids about Jazz music for the Juneteenth holiday. (KNOE)

They have a collection of paintings about jazz and African American culture throughout the museum for the rest of June.

"And this is not the only activity that we're going to have concerning music, but this one with the Juneteenth and after the proclamation and the slaves were free, they did a celebration. It was like a grand party," says Lena Kelley with the museum. "So this is the reason why we decided to do jazz; it's a grand party."

Kelley says the colors in these paintings are so vivid and unlike other pieces of art kids may have seen before.

She says most kids are used to listening to rap or hip hop but may have never listened to jazz before.

"It's a different type of music. It's a gumbo of music that occurs. When you hear jazz, it's not like all the other types of music. There's a difference. It's a mixture of everything," says Kelley.

Kelley says even after the Juneteenth holiday, people can still reach out to the museum to bring kids groups in to learn about jazz.

She says Friday, June 21, they're having a brown bag lunch event at the museum where you bring your own lunch and listen to jazz. On Saturday, June 21, they have their Jazzin' in June event with live music from 7 p.m. to midnight. Kelley says this event is for adults and asks that you call the museum for tickets.

Kelley says the museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the rest of June so people can come to see their jazz paintings on display.