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New location for music, art classes

Jason and Cristine Rhodes didn't let a flooded building ruin their goal of bringing music to children across the Tampa Bay area. Not long after they opened Inspire Studios in Port Richey last summer, the building flooded, leaving the couple without classroom space.

"My wife and I spent six months just driving all over the Tampa area bringing our music and art to the programs that needed it," said Jason Rhodes, co-owner of Inspire Studios. "Now we have an opportunity to be in the location we looked at years ago in the first place."

Located in Lutz, the new Inspire Studios building opened Feb. 27 and has everything for music and art.

"We're a music school," Jason Rhodes said. "But we're also a recording studio, and we're also a venue."

A big stage provides opportunities for bands to rehearse and perform, and for student showcases.

Inspire offers a variety of private music lessons and group music and art classes. It also has classes for homeschooled children and those with special needs, such as autism.

This summer, Inspire will hold camps for children of all ages.

The new location is also home to the couple's charitable programs, the Inspire Foundation and the Inspire Initiative. The mission of these programs is to bring music and art to those with special needs.

With the Inspire Initiative, the Rhodeses plan to provide free, weekly music and art classes to 125 homeschooled children with special needs.

Inspire Studios is located at 17815 Hunting Bow Circle. For more information, call (352) 410-3332, or visit inspirestudiosfl.com.

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