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West Bank School of Music to seek new location

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, July 1, 2015 — West Bank School of Music (WBSM) is pleased to announce the search for a new permanent location. Effective July 1, 2015, WBSM’s operations will move from its long-time home in the Minneapolis West Bank neighborhood to a temporary residence at 655 Fairview Avenue North in Saint Paul. Over the next few months, the Board of Directors will determine the best permanent location for WBSM to continue its mission to transform lives and community through innovative music education and inspiring performances. While the board, staff, instructors, and our past and current students are sad to be leaving the West Bank community, the difficult decision to move was necessary to allow WBSM to continue to grow and serve the broader metro area community.

 

For some time, WBSM has been challenged with the costly upkeep of the physical building and the grounds surrounding it along with declining enrollment. For the past year, the board has embarked on a strategic planning initiative, partnering with Common Grounds, an interdisciplinary student-led graduate team from the University of Minnesota. Through this process the board worked to prepare an in-depth assessment of how to transition WBSM toward success. After thoroughly analyzing the possible options and meeting with our stakeholders, the community, potential business partners, and determining funding opportunities, the decision was made to sell the building where WBSM has operated since 1970 to better support the school’s mission.

 

The board and staff are energized and proud of this new direction for the school and look forward to a renewed sense of community in our new location.

 

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