Rialto2Go: Taking the Arts into the Schools

About the Project

Rialto2Go is putting the arts back in schools--particularly in fragile, under-served communities, helping students to learn about different cultures while building long-term relationships with the arts. Most of us can recall an experience with the arts as a child that made a lasting impression on us, but many children would never have the opportunity to experience art and culture if it didn't come to them. The Rialto Center at Georgia State University wants to ensure that all students have access to world-class art and culture, so we decided to take the show on the road--to school, that is--with Rialto2Go. The Rialto2Go program takes our highly-acclaimed international dance, jazz and cultural programs out of the Rialto and into local schools.

Rialto2Go enriches the lives of young students through...

  • Empowering students of non-dominant cultures through association with artists from their home countries
  • Giving access to under-served young people and families to the international cultural programs presented as part of the Rialto Series
  • Sharing the cultures of other countries with broad audiences through artistic expressions bydiverse performers.

Rialto2Go is lead by teaching artists from Rialto Series programs who engage students through lectures, workshops and performances. The performances are reinforced by hands-on art projects, such as Flamenco dance performances and the creation of "make-and-take" fans, hats and shawls; a Jazz for Kids performance with a participatory percussion session, or a Salsa performance followed by history and dance lessons. This year, we took Malaysian drummers and shadow puppets into the schools as part of an international exchange program.

As the Rialto celebrates 100 years as the oldest arts venue in downtown Atlanta in 2016, our goal is positively impact future generations by exposing even more students to art and culture through Rialto2Go. Funding for Rialto2Go will enable the Rialto Center to serve approximately 700 elementary school students during the upcoming season. Here's how:

  • Artists' Fees: $7,000 (4 artists/groups at an average of $350 per performance for a total of 5 performances)
  • Materials: $3,000 (rhythm instruments, art supplies, teacher guides, craft materials

Total: $10,000


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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