Plans Unveiled For Ray Charles Museum

Longtime Ray Charles manager Joe Adams has unveiled plans and artist renderings for the previously announced Ray Charles Museum. Encompassing Charles’ existing RPM studio site, the three-story, 18,000-square-foot museum is slated to open in late 2007 under the auspices of the Ray Charles Museum Foundation.

Venice, Calif.-based RipBang Studios created the facility’s initial design. In addition to rotating exhibits and never-before-seen artifacts from Charles’ career, the museum will house classrooms, a cafe, a rooftop garden and a retail shop, as well as the business offices and administrative staff for Ray Charles Enterprises.

“The museum is something that Adams and Charles had been hashing around for a few years,” says Jerry Digney, a spokesperson for the Ray Charles estate. “Charles was always very active in supporting schools, including Morehouse, and he wanted to do something for the community. It will not only be a museum but equally a music education center available to locals and out-of-towners.”

Built in 1964 under the direction of Charles and Adams, RPM was named a Los Angeles landmark in 2004.


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