Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Visible School - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Visible School

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) -  Downtown Memphis will become home to a new college campus as soon as next year, and your church's music minister might become a future graduate.

Visible School, a music and worship arts college, plans to move into a vacant architectural gem at 200 Madison Avenue.

"It was my favorite building - is my favorite building in Memphis already," said Visible School president Ken Steorts.

Now, Steorts prays his Visible School will move into the spectacular space just across Madison Avenue from AutoZone Park.

"It's a perfect size for us," said Steorts. "Perfect location. We're very excited to be in there."

You can hear and see the work of Visible School musicians now in Cooper-Young.  Founded in Lakeland, the campus is now temporarily located at the former Galloway United Methodist Church, while $3 million is being raised for the new campus downtown.

"It's going to be really exciting to be in this new building," student Seth Evans said. "We have all the things we need: practice rooms, proper electrical units and stuff."

Steorts had a vision for a college for music ministers while playing in the Christian rock band 'Skillet.' The guitarist saw a niche for a school that offered all the academics, infused with a spiritual focus on all styles of music.

Students will be able to ride the trolley to the new campus, as Visible School will have its dorms four blocks away at condos at 670 Madison.  The move will save architect Francis Gassner's 1974 masterpiece, built originally as C&I Bank, and bring more than 100 students and 40 faculty into a downtown structure that might have been demolished for a parking lot.

You can attend Visible School's 'Up With Downtown' block party and free concert this Sunday from 12pm to 5pm at Madison and Danny Thomas Boulevard.  To find out more about the event, as well as Visible School in general, click here.

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