Henry Bridges' Legacy

The Community School of the Arts was founded in 1969 by Henry Bridges, who decided to bring together Charlotte's children and the pianos of the First Presbyterian Church. (Bridges was the choir director and organist for the church.) From its small beginnings, the school branched out to various locations throughout the city, bringing music education to young and old alike. Instruction in music, dance, the visual arts and other programs are available for a nominal fee, but no one is turned away because of lack of tuition. Bridges served as the Executive Director and piano instructor until his retirement in 1992. His legacy continues to serve the community and the thousands of students, like those seen in this photograph from 1974.