CVPA adds unloading zones to MPAC, Hitch parking lots for music, art students

Belmont University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts made it a little easier for its students to move their equipment to and from their buildings.

The parking lots outside of the Massey Performing Arts Center and the Hitch building now have loading zones specifically designated for the music and art students to load and unload their equipment.

“We knew our students needed to temporarily have somewhere to unload,” Caroline Scism, the graduate secretary and scheduling coordinator, said.

The zone will be available for the music and art students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m., the lot will be open parking.

The new zones allow for an much-needed ease of access students didn’t have before.

“Sometimes they’ve got large pieces of equipment, a large-scale artwork, or a lot of stuff that is hard the schlep across campus. That’s what that’s designed for,” said Stephen Eaves, the new dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The remodeling of the Gabhart Student Center will soon bring more traffic than that side of campus has seen in the past year, and more traffic means a greater need for parking.

“With the Gabhart remodel and moving a lot of things this way – Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, Greek Life is all going to be down there – so I think the idea was that there needed to be dedicated parking for visitors and the increased flow at Gabhart that’s going to happen in a few months,” Eaves said. “It kind of eliminated some parking right next to some buildings we had in the past, but I think it’s part of the growth of campus.”

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