Rosie’s house will host a grand public opening ceremony

Rosie’s House will hold a grand public opening of its brand new, $6.5 million, 15,000 square foot home, located at 919 E. Jefferson in downtown Phoenix.

The grand opening celebration will take place on Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include live music performances, public tours, a ribbon cutting with students and Rosie Schurz, the original founder, and an unveiling of its large-scale fresco. The festivities will also include fun activities for families, including games and crafts, food trucks, a drumming circle, a photo booth and merchandise. Rosie’s House encourages the public to RSVP at rosieshouse.org/grandopening.

Originally located 25 years ago in a two-room house near 19th Avenue, the organization embarked on the “More Than Music” campaign to fund a permanent home and support the expansion of its programs and mission – to provide equity in music education by providing free after-school music lessons and youth development for underprivileged students in Phoenix.

Led by the community, staff and several prominent philanthropists, the nonprofit has raised over $6.5 million, 90% of which was raised during the pandemic. The new Rosie’s House facility spans over 15,000 square feet, in a prime location on the light rail, allowing easy access for its after-school music program for underserved youth. The new campus includes the Divine Performance Hall for performances and events, 8 classrooms, several private studios for one-on-one instruction for the 500+ students who receive lessons in piano, strings, guitar, winds, mariachi and vocals each week ; and the Burton Digital Creativity Center, with nearly 20 state-of-the-art stations for digital music composition, audio engineering and recording. The facility also includes storage for its 900 musical instruments, administrative offices and the dedicated Youth and Family Center and Cafe by the BHHS Legacy Foundation, which serves over 4,000 meals each year to students and their families. .

Local artist/muralist Shela Yu has been chosen to create the impressive mural that will span the front and west side of the new campus. Inspired by the study, creation and performance of music, Yu’s mural incorporates music from a piece created by composer/violinist Jessie Montgomery, titled Rhapsody No. 1.

More than 1400% larger than the original house renovated by founder Rosie Schurz, the new facility allows Rosie’s House to increase its enrollment capacity by offering after-school music lessons to more than 500 senior students. from 5 to 18 years old in several musical disciplines, including strings, band, orchestra. , mariachi, choir and digital music. The expanded campus also allows the organization to expand its program offerings, including an early music education program for ages 4-6, a new percussion ensemble to teach traditional and multicultural drumming from around the world. and the Burton Digital Creativity Center for students. to learn the main digital music technologies of today.

“This amazing new home is a testament to the love the community has for Rosie’s House and our students,” said CEO Becky Bell Ballard. “We now have the capacity to grow just as significantly, with new programs and a goal to enroll twice as many students in the coming years. I look forward to celebrating this achievement with everyone as we let’s start a new chapter for the organization.”

Significant support for the More Than Music campaign includes major donations from Karen and David Divine, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the Burton Family Foundation, and the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

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