Renovations for Ocala's Performing Arts Conservatory
The plan is to inspire a love of the arts in Ocala. They're offering several types of dance and instrument lessons. They are also planning to add acting and vocal classes.
They're bringing in instructors from around the county, including two of Mariah Carey's background dancers for a special workshop.
While the final touches are still being done, the foundation of the project came together a long time ago.
"It's a dream that I've had for many years"
And that dream is one, Connie Griffis and the nine other co-founders wanted to see come true in Ocala.
"It's absolutely the most amazing performing arts space in our community," said Jaye Baillie, Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
Like the other founders with children taking dance classes, JJ Crampton saw a serious need in the community.
"It was something that when I came here and then had my own child I really really had a desire to see that here so that I wasn't driving my child all over Florida...for vocal to Jacksonville and dance in Orlando," said Crampton.
So, the founders brought together their skills. With the help and donations from several businesses in the community, they completely renovated this building.
"We have a lot of things like a thumb print scanner...for studio access..eight monitors that can be viewed from the lobby for all the studios..fresh air ventilators that circulate up to five times more air in the studios."
The founders hope at this Saturday's open house, children will be circulating these halls as well.
Organizers of the Performing Arts Conservatory said they want to become non-profit in the next few months so they can apply for grants and accept donations from the community.
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