We started the campaign Teachers for Music School to raise funds for the construction of a new building for the Music School in Sisak and its branch school in Petrinja.
Our Public Music School has lost its beautiful buildings in both Sisak and Petrinja.
Within 20 seconds these 19th century beauties were reduced to what structural engineers label as "unusable".
Intended for demolition.
At 12:19 on 29th December 2020, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit the Sisak-Moslavina County, the towns of Petrinja, Sisak and Glina and the surrounding towns and villages. The earthquake took the lives of at least 7 people, among which that of a 13-year-old girl. Many were left without a home, and buildings in Sisak, Petrinja, Glina and the surrounding area turned into ruins.
360 students and 40 teachers were left without their home of music and love.
WHAT WERE WE?
A jewel in the architectural crown of the city of Sisak, a former synagogue, the building was constructed between 1862 and 1890. Following the destruction of the Jewish community during the Holocaust, it was looted and ransacked. It was twenty years later (1967) that the building was converted into a music school.
For the last 53 years it has been filled with the sounds of music and children’s laughter.
The sounds of instruments and voices soaked into the walls and enriched the city of Sisak and Petrinja with their beauty.
Thousands of children accompanied by their teachers played their instruments for the first time here, learned their very first notes, sang in the choir for the first time, shattered their fears and made their first public appearances.
HOW DO WE CONTRIBUTE?
We, music teachers and music professors, are unique. Because music is the essence of life. Our work with children and transferring knowledge, skills, and a love for music contributes to creating a more cultured and noble society based on the ideas of humanity.
We teachers have decided to put all our knowledge and abilities into this campaign to build a new, even better school, a 21st century school and a hall in which our Steinway will shine once more!
Upon completion of the Crowdfunding campaign, all funds raised will be paid into the donation account for the Fran Lhotka Music School and will be used exclusively to renovate the school. Depending on the decision of the Ministry of Culture and the conservation institute, as the School is a cultural monument, the renovation will move in the direction of renovating the existing building or constructing a new one.
Music must resonate in the cities of Sisak and Petrinja again, and the culture of the entire Sisak-Moslavina County must be brought back to life.
Let's return music to Sisak and Petrinja and into the hands of children!