We’re sad that the Music Resource Center is giving up its custodianship of the former Mount Zion Baptist Church — a great pairing of place and purpose — but glad that the move is for a positive reason:
The MRC has become so successful it’s outgrown its space.
The center uses music as a constructive outlet for area youth, sixth through 12th grades.
“The MRC gives students access to local musicians … and exposes them to the powerful positive force of music,” the nonprofit says on its website. “We’re impacting the lives of tomorrow’s influencers.”
Charlottesville has long been known as a music town, and this effort fits right in with its interests and ethos.
The building’s sanctuary serves as a performance venue.
The center offers lessons and workshops, provides recording and practice studios, and teaches real-world skills in performance and recording. It includes dance as well as musicianship and recording booth training. Many of its students have used their MRC portfolios to gain entrance to college programs, it says.
So you can see why we’re pleased that the program is looking for a larger space to serve more students.
It’s also important that the current space be acquired by someone committed to cherishing its specialness.