Morehouse opens Ray Charles Performing Arts Center

Morehouse College in Atlanta has opened the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academic Building.

The $20 million facility covers 76,000 square feet, houses a digital/analog recording studio, 12 faculty studios, nine practice rooms, two rehearsal rooms and three academic labs.

One of those labs is the David Geffen Keyboard Digital Music Laboratory featuring 16 digital keyboards and other computerized music equipment.

A wall of the Morehouse College "House of Funk" Marching Band's rehearsal room can be raised up and outward to cover what becomes a stage for the Eugene M. Mitchell Performance Lawn.

In a press release, Morehouse President Robert M. Franklin said, "this facility is not simply another building at Morehouse. This is also a symbol of the Morehouse renaissance."