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Groundbreaking Ceremony at 200 Madison

Groundbreaking Ceremony at 200 Madison

February 3, 2011 - 4:05pm | by Hilary Anderson (published on

VISIBLE SCHOOL celebrated a formal groundbreaking on Tuesday, February 1st at its new Downtown Memphis campus, located at 200 Madison Ave.  During the event, remarks were given by Shelby County congressman, Steve Cohen, CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, John Moore, and president of the Memphis Music Foundation, Dean Deyo.  VISIBLE SCHOOL founder and president, Ken Steorts then unveiled official plans for the building, including a timeline for completion and move-in. The event also included live music from VISIBLE SCHOOL student, Karina Mia, as well as an update on the colleges fundraising efforts through the Into the City Campaign.           

 "We're thrilled to finally begin renovations of our new Downtown campus," said Steorts. "This has been a dream of mine and many others at our college since we began 10 years ago. We have great things planned for our new urban campus and with the Memphis music industry, and I look forward to making Downtown our permanent home."

VISIBLE SCHOOL closed on the purchase of the iconic Francis Gassner-designed building from the Greater Memphis Chamber for $1,050,000 in December 2009. The college has since continued an aggressive capital campaign to raise funds to begin renovations on the building.The groundbreaking was open to the public, and attended by VISIBLE SCHOOL staff, students and alumni, archimania representatives, Grinder, Taber and Grinder represenatives, corporate neighbors and the press.   

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