May 20, 2018
 
South Shore Conservatory to Establish a Third Campus

January 25, 2018 — The South Shore Conservatory, a nonprofit based in Hingham and the largest community school for the arts in Massachusetts, recently announced the purchase of a property in Hanover to be developed as the organization’s third campus.

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) said the mixed-use space will allow it to expand programs and offerings to reach more than the 4,000 current students currently engaged at its Hingham and Duxbury campuses.

“The vibrant community on the South Shore has filled SSC classrooms with music and joy for over 45 years. It’s a testament to that support that we now are growing beyond our current spaces,” said Kathy O. Czerny, SSC’s president. “We are so excited to have the opportunity to establish a new campus in Hanover enabling us to extend our reach and spread music education, performance, and enjoyment across the region.”

The new property, at 135 Webster St., which previously served as medical offices, will be retrofitted by summer 2020 to house multi-use classrooms, a state-of-the-art creative arts therapy center, and administrative offices. Additionally, SSC plans to construct a new multi-purpose, 250-seat performance space beyond the property’s current footprint.

The new property, expected to encompass 10,000 square feet, including expansion of a performance hall, will complement a 22,700-square-foot space in Hingham and a 12,900-square-foot space in Duxbury.

Earlier this month SSC moved most of its administrative offices to the new Hanover campus. Construction to redesign the spaces is slated to begin in 2019 with an anticipated public opening in the summer of 2020.

SSC said it is engaging in a capital campaign to fund the purchase and redesign of the building, which is expect to total between $3 million and $4 million.

Once the new site is completed, SSC said it expects to increase staff.

SSC was established in 1970 in Hingham after previously serving as a New England Conservatory satellite preparatory program. The Duxbury campus was established in 1980.

Today, with a faculty of 100 artist educators, SSC is recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and collaborates with schools, community centers, social service agencies, Councils on Aging, and other organizations throughout the South Shore. It ImagineARTS partnership program provides arts-integrated literacy learning to more than 600 kindergarten students in underserved communities every year.

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