‘Central Ave. Arts Corridor’ to get boost from new music center

The University of Memphis’ effort to brand a segment of Central Avenue as the “Central Avenue Arts Corridor” got a boost this week with the application to build the Scheidt Family Music Center.

The $40 million building housing a state-of-the-art concert hall, class spaces, rehearsal rooms and recording studios should start rising before Christmas at 3800 Central.

That site lines the north side of Central on what is now a part of a vast campus parking lot between Central and Poplar.

The south side of Central is already bordered, or in proximity to, the university’s art and cultural facilities including its art museum, main stage theater, Harris Concert Hall, galleries, and more.

The slogan for the Central Avenue Arts Corridor is “Central to the Arts,” said Dr. Anne Hogan, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

“We welcome people to come,” she said of the wider community. “We’ve got fantastic exhibitions and art galleries” as well as all kinds of performing arts events.

  The 90,000-square-foot Scheidt Family Music Center should be completed by spring 2021.

“This beautiful building, it’s huge,” Hogan said. “It’s going to take up a big space on Central.”

The new center, designed by archimania with Fleming Architects, will give the 400-plus students in the U of M’s School of Music “facilities they deserve with the talent they have,” Hogan said. “We’ll be able to have state-of-the-art rehearsal studios and classrooms and a beautiful performance hall.”

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