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 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.

Plans are moving forward to create this future, interactive musical public space, but following are initial design concepts that the KCCI team presented on May 2 after months of community conversations and engagement.

This new, interactive public space enables Tallahasseeans and visitors of all ages to learn and practice musical skills.

The team is currently seeking partnership with organizations and members of our community to make this an incredible space for people to stop by along the Capital Cascades Trail and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Red Hills Rhythm Project.

We are excited to announce that our presenting sponsor is The Enclaves at Collegetown, a project of Zimmer Development Company. We are grateful for their support and are excited to have them along on this journey with us.

More sponsorship opportunities are available. You may make a donation by clicking here. You can sponsor an Ensemble Instrument ($2,500), a Garden Instrument ($1,000) or become a Contributing Partner for the Red Hills Rhythm Project. If you would like to be involved or get more information, please contact: Lauren Wallace (954-647-6516 or LW[email protected]) or Emily Ely (850-459-0062 or [email protected]).


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