HISTORIC RECORD LABEL - A PROUD NEIGHBORHOOD - A COMMUNITY-ENGAGED
These unique community assets provide the foundation
for a new development called King Studios. Inspired by the legacy
of historic King Records and fueled by the academic investment
and economic development of nearby Xavier University, this one-of-a-kind
facility will be located in Cincinnati’s Evanston community,
in the heart of the Montgomery Road business district. It will
feature the dynamic integration of music and arts education, entrepreneurial
training, and cultural history all under one roof.
The King Studios Experiential Learning Center (King Studios) commemorates the unique cultural and social contributions made by historic King Records in the neighborhood of Evanston in Cincinnati. King was instrumental in the history of the civil-rights movement in two important ways: it created a racially integrated work place, and it integrated a diverse set of musical traditions. The King Studios Experiential Learning Center will share that rich history in contemporary ways that engage the community and the world in the legacy of King. King Studios will:
1. Provide culturally relevant access to King’s unique history of musical and artistic collaborations, a workplace that was racially diverse, and a business model that integrated everything from creating and producing music, to pressing records and distribution.
2. Teach the fundamentals of music entrepreneurship to middle school, high school and university students.
3. Encourage and teach residents to create art that reflects their cultural heritage and promotes intercultural understanding among diverse students and patrons. King Studios is dedicated to reviving and preserving the rich history and legacy of King Records and engendering its spirit in the present through music, art, history, and entrepreneurship education. The primary focus of King Studios is to develop the King Studios Experiential Learning Center, a facility where the past and present are connected through distinct and related experiential learning activities. The new King Studios is to be built in a strategic location along Montgomery Road just three blocks from its original location at 1540 Brewster Ave. The new location will allow King to be the center of positive revitalization on the Montgomery Road corridor and provide great visibility in the community.
A part of this experience that is being planned is to develop a walking tour that connects the new facility on the corner of Montgomery and Brewster with the original King Records building at 1540 Brewster Ave. The King Studios board recognizes the unique value of King Records at 1540 Brewster Avenue and supports any effort to preserve the original site for the purpose of memorializing King Records.
AN HISTORIC RECORD LABEL - A PROUD NEIGHBORHOOD - A COMMUNITY-ENGAGED
A UNIQUE ENGINE FOR ARTS EDUCATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND CULTURAL
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