Great stories come along but it always warms the soul to watch a mission come to life. I reached out to Destiny Stone who is a music teacher, a graduate of Catawba College and asked her to talk to me about a house she is renovating to become the Music House. She has been staying active during COVID by focusing on completing the renovation. She has held virtual concerts, done giveaways and has even gotten married! She has not let COVID sway her from her passion and mission to complete the renovations of Music House. Following is the list of questions asked and her answers.
1. What is the vision and mission of The Music House? Our mission is to provide our community with music education resources and performance opportunities to local independent artists and musicians. We envision a space where the black community especially feels welcome and invited.
2. Do you currently teach music while dealing with COVID-19? I am currently a public-school educator and have done virtual speaking engagements since the pandemic began.
3. What is the history of the house that you’ve acquired? It is owned by my father-in-law. He has owned the house for over 20 years. It was originally built in the early 1900’s.
4. What is the financial goal you are looking to reach? Where are you raising funds? Our goal is to raise $35,000 to complete renovations and furnish the house with instruments and equipment for lessons and small intimate shows. So far, we have raised a little over $4,000 on our GoFundMe account.
5. Has this time period been good for you to find the needed help to renovate? It has been a learning experience. I have had to remind myself to keep a positive outlook despite the slow fundraising and keep our mission and vision at the center of all we do.
6. What is the age group music house will serve? Ages 6 and up.
7. Last but not least, what led you to start this project? And are you looking for partners? I started this venture because of my passion for music education and performing. I have a degree in music and have been writing and singing my own songs since I was a little girl. As a black woman, now a teacher, I have gained a deeper insight into the importance of representation in a variety of leadership positions for black children. I believe wholeheartedly in community and the power of music to transform lives. We are still looking for donors so that we can complete renovations and create a welcoming environment for our future students and music lovers.