Not only does the Rialto Center at Georgia State University present the very best in jazz, contemporary dance, and world arts to the Atlanta community, it also provides a unique and innovative educational outreach program to school students and the general public alike.
Throughout the season, the Rialto brings artists and arts programming into Perkerson Elementary School, our partnership school located in SW Atlanta. Here, local flamenco dancer Julie Baggenstoss completes a demponstration for the students at Perkerson.
Among the activities the Rialto offers are master classes for university and high-school students; open rehearsals and pre-show lectures for the general public; as well as workshops and demonstrations for students and families, utilizing the Rialto Series artists’ world-class talents. Every third Wednesday of the month the Rialto hosts the GSU and downtown community for a lunch and learn called Feed Your Senses.
Most importantly, the Rialto Center, in collaboration with the Georgia State University School of Music, has developed “Rialto Jazz for Kids," a comprehensive, curriculumbased jazz education program offered to elementary and middle school students led by musician and educator Dr. Gordon Vernick.
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