“I was SUPER excited. This is the kind of work that changes lives!” Shawn N. Bender
Principal, Perkerson Elementary
“Thanks for helping bring artists to our school. My favorite thing was jazz for kids. When I grow up I want to be a singer… and win shiny prizes!” Alina Yamini, 3rd grade
“Thank you so much for helping bring artists to our school. When I grow up I want to be a dancer so I can be famous like you all!” Shaniya Thomas, 3rd grade
In times of severe budget cuts and diminishing arts programs in schools, the Rialto Center for the Arts is bringing the arts back to the community. During the 2012-2013 school year, the Rialto Center has made it a priority to ensure that quality programming in the arts is brought to local grade school, Perkerson Elementary in SW Atlanta. Through the partnership fund, the Rialto Center for the Arts takes various Rialto Series artists to Perkerson Elementary School to demonstrate their craft and give students an up close and personal experience with world music artists and professional dancers.
In addition, the Rialto Center selected a small group of elite students from Georgia State University with a passion for the arts. These Rialto Student Ambassadors act as student liaisons between the Rialto Center for the Arts and the Georgia State University student body. This year, the student ambassadors decided to take the Rialto mission a step further by challenging themselves to give back to the community. They achieved this goal through an activity with students in various grade levels creating vision boards, an exercise in visualizing the future. The Rialto Center for the Arts and the Rialto Student Ambassadors will continue this partnership into the 2013-2014 school year.”