The South Shore Conservatory revealed plans for a new Glick Family Center for Creative Arts Therapies last week. The center will be at the heart of the new Hanover campus.
WICKED LOCAL.com – With the opening of the new South Shore Conservatory Hanover campus will also come the opening of a new hub for music therapies for all abilities at the location shortly after.
The Glick Family Center for Creative Arts Therapies is slated to open September 2020, just months after the opening of the new Webster Street campus in the summer of 2020.
“Creative arts therapies reach across all abilities and ages,” Conservatory President Kathy Czerny said. “It’s a fundamental truth that the arts matter for everyone.”
The center will will provide music and arts education to people of all abilities and ages. Programs will suit the unique needs of the students including spaces that are adaptable and physically accessible.
The new center will include:
- Pianos, a drum table, percussion instruments
- Computer based learning tools
- New central office and directors office
- Three therapy rooms with full sound installation
- One additional studio
- Large group room
- Accessible patio
- Family area for waiting
- Observation room
- Provisions for full access
The center was paid for by a gift from Diane and Gary Glick of Plymouth that is equal to the largest donation the conservatory has ever received in its 50 years of operation. The donation includes annual funding to support the programs going forward.
“We believe everyone has the right to experience the power of music and are dedicated to seeing it happen,” Gary Glick said. “We’re really excited to be a part of the future of this amazing work.”
South Shore Conservatory focuses on music education and performances. The school opened in Hingham in 1970 after having previously part of the New England Conservatory. By 1980, it had expanded to Duxbury, opening a second campus on its way to what it’s website describes today as the largest community school for arts in Massachusetts, and in the top 20 of such schools nationwide.
The conservatory’s Creative Arts Therapies programs today serve more than 600 South Shore residents of all ages. Programs offer intervention support, in-home therapy, individual music therapy, group classes, several choral ensembles and memory-care programs.
Creative arts therapy student Michael Shea said he was not sure how he was going to keep music in his life after High School but thanks to the conservatory programs he can.
“Creative arts therapies have helped me keep music in my life now that I am a young adult,” Shea said.
The Hanover South Shore Conservatory location will be at 135 Webster St. The 7,000-square foot mixed-use space seeks to expand South Shore Conservatory programs beyond the Hingham and Duxbury campuses.
By Amy McKeever