By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 7, 2018
QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Many people and businesses in our area are still recovering from Hurricane Michael, including the Legacy School of Performing Arts on North Madison Street in Quincy.
The building has been closed since the hurricane.
Rasheen Jamison-Richardson, the founder and executive director, said, "When the water came down, it was gushing through every crack that you see in here and it went all the way down the side. All of the pianos were lined up right here."
Richardson says Hurricane Michael severely damaged the roof and ceilings.
"This right here is getting blacker because water is sitting up there," she said, pointing out stains on the ceiling.
The studio provides music, theater and dance education and training to K-12 students in Gadsden County, an area Richardson says is typically undeserved.
Violins and the music technology lab are all water damaged from the hurricane.
"We got tarps. But, we really need to know if someone can donate their services or half services for a new roof," Richardson said.
Richardson was told the building is unsafe to use.
"I got to get my kids back here. Some parents have said, 'When are you going to open? My kids are banging on my pots and pans. They're flipping in my living room. They're splitting in the grocery store. When are you going to get back open?' They're now seeing the impact," she said.
A day after the hurricane, Richardson got a letter from ballerina Lindsey Croop. The premier ballerina from the Dance Theatre of Harlem said she was visiting the Legacy Studio.
Richardson had written letters to multiple performing arts schools and artists to ask them to visit for Legacy's 10th anniversary.
She says Croop's visit will give students the encouragement they need.
"When they get back in this studio we we open, they're going to take themselves more seriously. Any instruction that may be tough to put in that body and to put in those piano keys, I believe they're going to do it," Richardson said.
She says donations from Croop's appearance will go toward helping the studio reopen.
"The only thing I know is we need hope."
Schedule of Events:
Friday December 7, 2018: President's Reception & Meet with Lindsey Croop at the Quincy Garden Center.
Saturday December 8, 2018: Lindsey Croop Master Class with Gadsden County Children at the Quincy Recreation Center at 9 a.m.
($25 donation suggested but no child will be turned away because of their inability to pay)
Saturday December 8, 2018: Lindsey Croop Performs at Legends for the Arts 10th Anniversary Gala at th Golf Club of Quincy at 6 p.m.
To contact Rasheen Jamison-Richardson, the founder of Legacy School of Performing Arts, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.