Hip-hop producer Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and his wife, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, have unveiled plans for a new arts center in the sleepy upstate New York town of Macedon.
Swizz and Keys, who collect artists including Kehinde Wiley, Nina Chanel Abney, Arthur Jafa, KAWS, and Deana Lawson, have reportedly been looking for the right venue for their new Dean Collection Music & Art Campus for quite some time. But when they saw the former industrial complex on Macedon’s Route 31 they immediately knew it was the perfect place, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.
“[Swizz Beatz] flew in on a helicopter to Canandaigua about a month ago and took a limousine from Canandaigua to Macedon, got out, looked at the property and apparently said, ‘This is it; this is the property I want to buy,’” the couple’s lawyer, Linda Shaw, told WXXI News. “It’s an amazing use for the street, because that street was part of the Underground Railroad and their art collection is an African American art collection.”
Beatz signed a contract to purchase the land, and the deal is expected to close in the next two weeks. “We are very excited about our campus in Macedon,” Swizz Beatz told artnet News, through a representative. “We are in the early stages of planning so we are not in a place to share details, but our intention is to continue to be mindful in building a global creative community.”
Located in Wayne County, less than a half hour’s drive from Rochester and 70 miles west of Syracuse, Macedon has a population of just 8,985, according to the Finger Lakes Times. When Shaw brought plans for the center before town board members last week, there were audible gasps from the townspeople in…
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