Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz are planning to open a performing arts center in upstate New York
She’s been no stranger to giving back, and now, she wants to take it to the next level.
Fifteen-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys and her music producer and DJ husband Swizz Beatz are putting plans in place to create a new performing arts center in upstate New York, the Associated Press reports.
The couple wants to transform an industrial site in rural Macedon, which is just south of Lake Ontario and not far from Rochester, into a state of the art, multi-building performing arts campus for new musicians and artists.
Giving back: Alicia Keys and her music producer and DJ husband Swizz Beatz, seen here at this year’s Met Gala in May, are putting plans in place to create a new performing arts center in upstate New York
The initiative was introduced at a town board meeting on Thursday.
Linda Shaw, an attorney for Keys and her husband, stipulated that the project will re-purpose three presently vacant buildings.
A local paper, the Democrat & Chronicle, reports that specific plans will call to re-purpose the 111-acre property’s main building into a classroom and office building, to revamp a barn by turning it into an art exhibition space, and to create a performing arts center, training area and large gym in a structure that was previously utilized as an industrial facility by Exxon Mobil.
According to the paper, town engineer Scott Allen called it ‘an exciting proposal,’ saying that they are looking forward to learning more.
Regal: Keys and her husband propose to transform an industrial site into a state of the art, multi-building performing arts campus for new musicians and artists; seen here in April in LA
Keys and her husband have reportedly entered into a contract to purchase the property, according to their attorney.
The purchase price was not disclosed.
Shaw says she is scheduled to appear before the city’s planning board on August 19, where zoning and other matters will be addressed.
Plans in place: The couple, seen here at this year’s Grammy Awards in New York in January, have reportedly entered into a contract to purchase the property
Alicia has long been a vocal supporter of various causes, including but not limited to helping up-and-coming and underprivileged artists.
Most prominently, Keys is the co-founder of Keep A Child Alive, which helps families affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and India.
Keys and Beatz have been married since 2010, and have two children together.
They recently celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary with a multitude of affectionate shares to each other’s Instagram accounts.
Majestic: Alicia has long been a vocal supporter of various causes, including helping up-and-coming and underprivileged artists; seen here performing at NYC’s Pride Live in June