What We Do

Red Hills Rhythm


Years: 2019

The Tallahassee area boasts rich musical history. From decades-old jazz and blues institutions to university music programs and venues hosting today’s best talents, the Red Hills are alive with music. The 2019 Red Hills Rhythm Community Catalyst team is working with Blueprint to highlight this deep-seated connection and bring our community together by helping turn the Coal Chute stormwater pond into a place of civic engagement through music. As a centerpiece and draw for this future public space, the KCCI team incorporated interactive musical elements and designed a musical space that will open to the public November 2021.

The Enclaves at Collegetown, a project of Zimmer Development Company serves as presenting sponsor of the musical space. 

After months of community engagement and feedback in 2019, the team designed an engaging musical elements musical space.


The team began in 2019 and originally proposed two main elements of the plan to include an:
– Interactive Musical Ensemble Area
– The Garden

After months of community engagement, on Thursday, May 2, 2019 the KCCI volunteer team presented design recommendations for the space to Blueprint, who is overseeing the creation of the Coal Chute Pond Space.


After gaining feedback from more than 700 people, the KCCI Community Catalyst team’s Emily Ely came up with a design concept and the team recommended two musical spaces that reflect the rich musical history of Tallahassee and give passersby an opportunity to interact and listen to new sounds from these instruments. The Garden will be a more tranquil environment with gongs and tube bells, while The Ensemble will play off the excitement of the skatepark with vibrant sounds from a marimba table, tongue drums and a Tutti.

As designs were finalized the two spaces were merged to create one interactive musical public space. This new, interactive public space enables Tallahasseeans and visitors of all ages to learn and practice musical skills. It will be handicap accessible.



If you would like to be involved or get more information, please contact: Emily Ely (850-459-0062).



Community Catalysts

These are the people who helped make this project possible.

  • Brad Ashwell
  • Susan Baldino
  • Tatiana Daguillard
  • Emily Ely
  • Calla MacNamara
  • Kendra Mitchell
  • David Rictchey
  • Josh Saul
  • Jesse Taylor
  • Lauren Wallace
  • Dara Wilson
  • Chelsea Workman