PHOENIX — The Phoenix Conservatory of Music is starting the new year in a new home.
The non-profit music school held classes inside of Metrocenter Mall for the past nine years, but they were forced to relocate after the mall shut down in June.
“We were devastated," Executive Director of PCM Regina Nixon said. "We were not quite sure where we were going to end up.”
But Nixon says the community stepped up in a big way, donating to their GoFundMe page to help with moving expenses. She says one of her students put her in contact with the owner of a vacant building near 13th Street and Osborn Road.
“The ownership loved the idea of community music school and understood the impact that has on a community,” Nixon said.
With the help of students and alumni, they've since moved in, teaching both virtually and online, with safety precautions in place.
"I was a little sad because (we had) so many memories...at Metrocenter," student Bailey Jo Claywell said. "But it's also just a new chapter in the book."
"The outpouring of support from our families and alumni was amazing," Nixon said. "The words people have used to describe 2020 are unprecedented and tumultuous and the words I use to describe 2020 are gracious and grateful."
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