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 project 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 is planning to incorporate interactive musical elements.

After months of community engagement and feedback, the team’s vision for the space is to bring the community together through music by creating interesting, engaging musical elements.

To help best celebrate Leon County’s musical history and achievements the KCCI Red Hills Rhythm volunteer team is working with the community to create a special place.

Two main aspects of the plan includes:
– Interactive Musical Ensemble Area
– The Garden

On Thursday, May 2 the KCCI volunteer team presented design recommendations for the space to Blueprint, who is overseeing the creation of the space. After gaining feedback from more than 700 people, the KCCI Community Catalyst team recommended: a musical ensemble area, the garden, a pavilion to provide shade and entertainment , and historical tributes.

The tribute pieces would recognize Tallahassee’s musical history. In the meeting Blueprint recommended that a few of the KCCI team members join the History and Culture Trail committee that is working to raise awareness of history along FAMU Way.

Plans will continue to develop for this future public space, but following are initial design concepts that the KCCI team presented on May 2 after months of community conversations and engagement.

The team is focusing primarily on adding interactive musical elements to this future space along FAMU Way. However, based on community feedback, they also recommended the following:
– bicycle racks to make the space accessible to bicyclists
– benches and hammocks for places of respite
– design that allows for diverse functions
– partnerships with community groups to program the space
– shade structure(s)
– artistic elements

This new, interactive public space enables Tallahasseeans and visitors of all ages to learn and practice musical skills and get to know why Visit Florida says, “All musical roads lead to Tallahassee . . . .”


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