Whitney Houston, the pop icon, I knew, but Whitney at church choir practice and on the cover of Seventeen Magazine? This was part of the lifelong star's life I knew nothing about. And I have the Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houstonexhibit to thank for that.
Presented by the GRAMMY Museum at LA Live, the opening was timed strategically a week before the late Houston's last movie release, Sparkle.
"The idea of the exhibit came from the fans," said Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum, Bob Santelli.
Partnered with son (and newest member to the GRAMMY Museum team), Jake Santelli and the Houston family put together not just an exhibit of Whitney's music career accomplishments, but rather, the story of a spectacular life lived... as seen through the eyes of those who knew her best.
The exhibit features a breathtaking display of favorite costumes, family memorabilia and of course her 6 Grammy awards. It also shows her not-so-public side: one who dedicated her time to needy children in South Africa and lended her voice to raise money for victims of 9/11.
If you have not yet had a chance to visit the GRAMMY Museum, be sure and see this moving dedication to one of our brightest and inspirational musical sensations.
The museum also offers FREE educational workshops and tours to students as well as eclectic evening programs (at just $10 a pop) mirroring something of Inside the Actor's Studio meets MTV Live. Their mantra to diminish the distance between the artist and the audience and inspire young musicians has benefited over 100,000 students from around the globe and featured such artists as Jack White and The Beach Boys in its 3.5 years of existence.