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Old Posted Jan 30, 2010, 10:09 PM
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Visible School buys chamber building
Memphis Business Journal



Visible School has closed on a contract to purchase the former C&I Bank Building located at 200 Madison in Downtown Memphis. The Memphis-based music and worship arts college bought the slant-roofed building from the Greater Memphis Chamber for $1.05 million. The college first announced its plans to purchase the building in spring 2009 and began a six-month fundraising campaign for the purchase. It raised $525,000, and an anonymous donor provided the remaining $525,000 through a matching grant. Visible School will begin renovations on the college in January 2010 and hopes to be in the new building sometime during the 2010-2011 school year. “We’re very excited that we’ve met this incredible goal to purchase a new home for Visible School,” Ken Steorts, founder and president of Visible School, said in a statement. “Visible School has made such an impact on so many lives, and it thrills me to know we’ll soon be in the heart of the Memphis community and serving many generations of music students to come.” Started in 2000, Visible School is an independent music and worship arts college enrolling more than 100 students per year. “We’re looking forward to beginning renovations and entering into our 10th anniversary year in 2010,” Steorts said. Currently located in the Cooper-Young district, Visible School educates students interested in careers as musicians, technicians, music business professionals and in the music ministry. The fully accredited college offers a three-year bachelor’s degree and a one-year certificate program. Visible School offers an integrated, holistic, academic, vocational discipleship and community-based degree that is rooted in Christian beliefs. In 2001, Visible School founded Visible Media Group, a not-for-profit music production and artist development company.

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