By Courtney E. Smith

The venue where R.E.M. played their first show in Athens, Ga., was demolished in 1990, but may get a second life and brand new purpose via crowd funding.

Local non-profit health and music center Nuçi’s Space have launched a campaign on Indiegogo to renovate St. Mary’s Steeple, which passed into its ownership in 2013. The project seeks to raise $250,000, which will be used to renovate the steeple, create an outdoor meditation space, offer public meeting space, create scholarships for 40 kids to attend Camp Amped Summer sessions and subsidize a year’s worth of wellness and mental health appointments and youth outreach in the community.

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The 145-year-old landmark has had $53,000 of its $250,000 raised so far, with 40 days left in the campaign.



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