Art center's tribute to Brandon Training School tells history
BRANDON — Twenty years ago the Brandon Training School closed. Since then, Building K has remained dormant. That is, until this year, when the Compass Music and Arts Center (CMAC) took up residency. CMAC and its supporting Foundation do not wish to lose touch with the history of the building and the surrounding campus it calls home. Therefore, to help commemorate the 20th anniversary of the school’s closing and the 100thanniversary of the its creation, the exhibit, “Remembering the Brandon Training School,” was developed in order to share the history of the school and its people. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 27, from 5-7 p.m.
Through its 78 years in operation, the school was marked with contrasting reputations, but its history tells an important story of how the treatment and care of people with disabilities has evolved and improved over the years.This is a permanent exhibit CMAC hopes will grow with the contributions of those who worked, volunteered, resided, or had some other connection to the school. The personal stories, memories and photographs or items of daily living from the school are a big part of the story.The exhibit was sponsored by a Brandon resident.