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The Jessye Norman School of the Arts is getting a new home. Downtown property owner Peter Knox IV has donated a two-story, 18,000-square-foot building on Greene Street to the school, which offers free instruction in dance, drama, music and art to middle school pupils who might be economically challenged.

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Peter Knox IV donated the building to the school. Jessye Norman will be presented with the keys Sunday.  File/Staff
Peter Knox IV donated the building to the school. Jessye Norman will be presented with the keys Sunday.

Ms. Norman, an internationally known opera star and native Augustan, will accept the keys to the building at a public ceremony celebrating the new location at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The arts school, founded in 2003, was housed at St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St., through this spring.

The new building, across the street at 739 Greene, was the home of Cutno Dance for four years. Cutno moved classes to its Tobacco Road location after its summer session ended.

"We'll have more space, and space that's better suited to the four disciplines we offer," said Ellis Johnson, a member of the board of directors for the Rachel Longstreet Foundation, which sponsors the school.

"The students will have a beautiful dance studio, and they'll be in a centralized location rather than scattered throughout the building."

Classes will expand to Monday through Friday instead of four days per week, and tutoring might be added, Mr. Johnson said.

Most of the 60 children in the program attend Tubman and East Augusta middle schools. Children from Tutt, Langford and Terrell and Heritage academies also participate, Mr. Johnson said.

Ms. Norman visited the arts school in May.

The new session starts Monday.


WHAT: Gifting Ceremony for the new Jessye Norman School of the Arts. A public tour of the new building and a reception will follow the presentation of the keys to Ms. Norman.

WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: 739 Greene St.

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jackfruitpaper833 09/10/08 - 07:04 am
I wonder what has she done

I wonder what has she done for her alma mater, Lucy C. Laney other than graduate from it, mind you, she may have done something or made a donation to Laney this is something I may need to find out. It's a blessing that the building was donated to her cause I thank God for people like Mr. Knox. While she's in town maybe she can stop by Laney and see her old school. I remember as a boy in the 70s at C. T. Walker singing a song with these lyrics that said: It was good for Jessee Norman, it was good for Jessee Norman, it was good for Jessee Norman it's good enough for me. In the tune of Give me that old religion.

SargentMidTown 09/10/08 - 08:22 am
I am sure that Paul King is

I am sure that Paul King is jumping for joy.

your name
your name 09/10/08 - 08:58 am
Mr Knox is a very generous

Mr Knox is a very generous man, thank you. I appreciate all you do for Augusta.

FedupwithAUG 09/10/08 - 03:02 pm
This Knox guy is something

This Knox guy is something else. Way to go.

disssman 09/10/08 - 03:07 pm
Dear Yuor name save your

Dear Yuor name save your thanks because to be generous is to give something without expectation of return. I am sure the donor will deduct the gift off his taxes. That makes his gift a redirection of taxes. I say no deductions, put every thing in a big bucket called the operating budget and let these so called civic organizations pay for themselves!

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