Coming Home to Hyde Park!
Inspire Arts & Music, a Boston-based non-profit organization that sprung from the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the building housing the Riverside Community Theater. Located on Fairmount Avenue in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston, this building is mere blocks from where the organization was founded 75 years ago.
“We are excited to return to the community of our roots, especially during the year that we celebrate our 75th anniversary” said Jim Cronin, President & Chief Executive Officer.
Spearheaded by board member Michael Woodall, with the support of numerous other board members who donated a great deal of time and energy to the several month process, this acquisition provides the platform for the growth and expansion of Inspire Arts & Music.
“From here we will be able to launch community-based programs such as the Hyde Park Youth Percussion Ensemble, as well as expand our Great East Music Festivals,” Woodall said.
Following some renovations, Inspire Arts & Music and the Boston Crusaders plan to relocate their offices to Hyde Park, as well as establish a retail location for its Great East Music Store.
“As we looked into purchasing this building, we were met with tremendous support and enthusiasm from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, City Council member Tim McCarthy, and Dedham Savings Bank, which provided financing for the acquisition,” said Woodall.
“We hope that in time this will be a gathering place for friends and alumni, and we look forward to partnering with our existing tenants to make this building a vibrant center of Hyde Park’s ‘Avenue of the Arts’”, said Cronin.