CHANHASSEN, MN (November 19, 2018) – Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota announced today a new partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), providing a structured program to welcome more students into Prince’s iconic creative sanctuary. The program will be focused on providing students with admission-free tours and music education experiences, helping to equalize opportunity and access for students who may not otherwise have the ability to experience Paisley Park. The FAIR School in Downtown Minneapolis is the first to fall within the new Paisley Park/MPS partner program. Speaking on the partnership, Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff noted, "As an avid Prince fan and strong proponent of arts education, I am excited for Minneapolis students to benefit from this partnership with Paisley Park. It's fitting that this wonderful opportunity is starting with The FAIR School, which is a magnet high school in Downtown where the arts are integrated in all academic areas. I look forward to continued collaboration with Paisley Park and growing our partnership to provide even more MPS students with this experience." With the MPS partnership, Paisley Park’s program will focus initially on schools within the Minneapolis district, with an aim to broaden the reach of the program in the months ahead.
Through his boundless creative output and mentorship, Prince tirelessly advocated for Arts education – inspiring people of all ages to explore their artistic individuality, and championing the learned approach of “Real Music By Real Musicians.” Paisley Park is thrilled to continue welcoming youth into Prince’s creative environment, inspiring the next generation of artistic and cultural creators. Mitch Maguire, Paisley Park’s Tour Operations Manager, added “Prince constantly pushed himself to reach new heights and taught others to expect the same from themselves. He was a passionate advocate of music education and its ability to inspire children and adults alike, and we look forward to fulfilling this tenet through our work with MPS.”
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Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven GRAMMY® Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award® for the film “Purple Rain,” all of which are displayed at Paisley Park. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Prince was born in Minneapolis and resided in the Minneapolis area throughout his life
ABOUT PAISLEY PARK
Paisley Park, Prince’s private estate and production compound in Chanhassen offers fans of the late music icon the unprecedented opportunity to tour the legendary, 65,000square-foot complex that served as the center of Prince’s creative universe. Operated by P Park Management, guided tours take visitors throughout the extensive main floor of Paisley Park, including recording and mixing studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed most of his biggest hits, exhibit spaces that chronicle films such as Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge, Prince’s private NPG Music Club, and a massive soundstage and concert hall where Prince rehearsed for concert tours and held exclusive, private events and performances. The tour also features hundreds of artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments and concert memorabilia.
Paisley Park is located at 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, Minnesota, approximately 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis. For more information about Paisley Park, visit OfficialPaisleyPark.com.
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