In addition to giving us timeless music, Prince was equally as passionate about cultivating young musicians and encouraging them to work at their craft fearlessly and without apology. Along with the incredible mark the “Purple Rain” artist left on music as we know it even after his untimely death in 2016, his legacy can still be found in the efforts of his record label, Paisley Park.
The Star Tribune reports the Chanhassen, Minnesota company has just announced an exciting and important new partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools to create a new arts education program. Beginning with the downtown school of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource (FAIR), students will be allowed free access to Prince’s museum (Paisley Park was converted to a museum months after Prince’s death) as well as music-education opportunities. Minneapolis schools superintendent Ed Graff shared he’s a Prince fan himself and excited about this opportunity for students:
“As an avid Prince fan and strong proponent of arts education, I am excited for Minneapolis students to benefit from this partnership with Paisley Park. It’s fitting that this wonderful opportunity is starting with the FAIR School, which is a magnet high school in downtown where the arts are integrated in all academic areas.”
Prince, a graduate of Minneapolis Central High School, taught himself to play instruments such as the bass, piano, guitar and drums at an extremely young age. He was also an avid philanthropist, donating to various schools around the country, including Harvest Prep and Seed Academy in Minneapolis, Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and Marva Collins Preparatory in Chicago. He was a tireless advocate for arts education championing the “Real Music By Real Musicians” approach to creativity. No other details about the partnership have announced besides free tours for the students but aims to broaden its program in the months ahead.
Paisley Park tour manager Mitch Maguire shared that the organization is looking forward to inspiring another generation of artists:
“Prince constantly pushed himself to reach new heights and taught others to expect the same from themselves. He was a passionate advocate of music education and its ability to inspire children and adults alike, and we look forward to fulfilling this tenet through our work with MPS.”