A new music and arts center is opening in Maysville because one musician wants to give back what was given to him as a child.
Dav "Fathead" Davis, a musician who has relocated his family to Mason County within the last year, credits his music teacher for his talent and success in the world of performing arts.
"If it weren't for Ruth Watson giving private instruction for $2 an hour in 1977, I wouldn't be doing what I do," Davis said of his music career.
Davis' new music school, Maysville Music and Arts Center at Bethel Baptist Church, will offer instruciton on piano, drums, voice and guitar. The school is located within the church on Forest Avenue in Maysville.
The school officially opens Oct. 9 and currently has 11 students enrolled; classroom capacity is 20 people.
"The whole vision is to give kids (and adults) who can't afford lessons, a chance to take those lessons," Davis said. He said instruction is open to all residents of Mason County and the surrounding area, and is not limited to just children or adults in need of financial assistance.
The private instruction classes are being offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays; there are evening and daytime classes available, which are being taught by Davis and instructors from northern Kentucky, and the local area.
"We want to make sure there is an opportunity for underprivileged children, but we take any child, you don't have to have a special need to come," he said.
Davis complimented the work and success of the Downing Performing Arts Academy, but said his number one reason for opening the school is because there is a need within the community. He said many times students may not have the talent or resources to take instruction (at Downing), and there are not many arts programs geared to the less affluent in the area.
Davis' career has been intertwined with Maysville for 10 years, one reason he relocated here and has a vision to help others.
"I feel like Maysville has been awesome to me over the last 10 years. If I can help develop the talent of one person here, that would be great," he said.
For information about class schedules and fees or to inquire about an instruction position, contact Davis at 513-400-3459.