The High School for Recording Arts has moved into its new space which has already brought about a renewed spirit and outlook for the program. While still in the process of unpacking and completing renovation, the new space has already expanded and enhanced the learning of our students.
The new building is the former Baily Total Fitness Center at 1166 University Avenue near the corner of Lexington Avenue. It is also the old historic site of the Prom Ballroom which was once a hub for African American inspired and other music in the Twin Cities. It is located only steps away form the future light rail “Green Line” stop at the corners of University and Lexington.
HSRA founder, David TC Ellis, has seen his dream come true with students walking into this new space and seeing the new premier studios, advisories, science lab, gymnasium and commercial kitchen and asking if all of this was theirs?
HSRA executive director, Tony Simmons, stated that the transition has not been easy with continuing renovations, unpacking and just getting to know how best to use any new space; however, already students are taking advantage of what the building has to offer. He further added that once the new space was completed, the school will a true multipurpose learning/work space for young people getting prepared to compete in a highly interactive, interconnected, collaborative, technical world economy.
Tony added, “we hope that our recording and video production studios will be used by our community to continue to afford our students real world work and project opportunities. We also hope to see community organizations using our new classrooms, gymnasium and commercial kitchen for meetings and catered events. This use of our space will also allow our students to learn event planning and culinary art skills. All of these opportunities contribute to us better engaging our students to see the relevance of school. And it allows our community to better understand our students and the great potential they have, in the face of sometimes tremendous obstacles.”
“Our plan is to have an open house and official ‘grand opening’ by the start of spring”, said TC Ellis. We want the whole community to know that not only is this building here for our students but is also a true community learning center.
If you have not visited the new space, stop by and take a student tour.