Friday, June 23, 2006

Creative-arts ministry grows to Westfield office

The following press release appeared in the local paper; the Keynote move is now officially public! We will give you more info as things progress.

    Creative-arts ministry grows to Westfield office

    Keynote group uses music as outreach; August set for move

    WESTFIELD -- A creative-arts ministry is moving to Westfield, leaving behind smaller accommodations in Carmel and to further expand a connection to the community.

    Keynote is a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, which offers outreach programs, music-ministry training and praise and worship to churches and ministries around the world.

    The nonprofit organization focuses on using music while worshiping and schedules bands to perform at schools, prisons and partnerships with inner-city ministries throughout the United States and overseas.

    Keynote moved from Irvine, Calif., to Carmel in 1992, and it has grown from 60 to nearly 100 staff members in five years, said Chris Zaugg, Keynote's executive director.

    Zaugg said contacts with a property owner in Westfield led Keynote to the 50,000-square-foot Osram Sylvania building at 18725 N. Union St.

    He said Sylvania is moving from one side of the building to the other, and Keynote will use the vacant 20,000 square feet on the southeast side. The move will allow Keynote more office space and more room for projects.

    Zaugg said it will be a welcome change when Keynote moves by August.

    "It was just a perfect place," he said. "We're very familiar with the community and like the small-town aspect."

    Town manager Jerry Rosenberger said the community is excited about Keynote moving in.

    "We are hopeful that their presence will present local opportunities for us to use their talents to enhance our community outreach," Rosenberger said.

    Zaugg said plans are in the works for Keynote to purchase another building in Westfield to use as rehearsal space for the bands. Until then, rehearsal space on Old Meridian St. in Carmel will continue to be used.