King Experiential Learning Center


What is King Studios?
King Studios is a proposed new development that will revive the legacy of King Records, the electric recording studio that operated from 1994 to 1968 out of a warehouse in Cincinnati’s Evanston neighborhood. It will house three core components – a museum & memorial space dedicated to King Records, a recording studio, and a visual art studio – into a newly constructed facility. “King Records is as important to Cincinnati as the Ohio River” – Larry Nager

What will take place in the new King Studios?
King Studios will be made up of three distinctive, yet complementary programs. They are the King Records Memorial Hall, the New King Recording Studio, and the Flavor of Art Studio. The Memorial Hall will provide visitors with an interactive experience to understand the history of King Records and Cincinnati’s musical roots. The recording studio will promote collaboration within Cincinnati’s musical roots. The recording studio will provide collaboration within Cincinnati’s diverse music community and host programs for community youth. The Flavor of Art Studio will continue its work helping residents of Evanston and surrounding communities discover and experience the life-changing power of making visual art.

What will it take to build King Studios?
The total cost of construction will be between $10 and $12 million. A business plan is in place.

Who is overseeing the project?
An oversight structure has been established to move the King Studios project forward in the early stages of implementation. It consists of a three-person Leadership Team and four Action Teams. Leadership Team:

  • Anzora Adkins, Evanston Community Council/President and Chair
  • Kent Butts, Vice Chair
  • Brian Powers and Robert Harris, Advisory
  • King Records Memorial Action Team: Kent Butts, Chair
  • Recording Studio Action Team: John Curley, Ultrasuede Studio (chair)
  • Facilities and Planning Action Team: Liz Blume, Community Building Institute (chair)
  • Education: Sean Rhiney (director)
  • Community Director, Anzora Adkins
  • Fundraising Director, Karen D’Augustino

How can I get involved in making King Studios a success?
Anyone interested in getting involved on any Action Team can contact Chris Schadler of the Community Building Institute at (513)745-1016,

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