Rio Vista Art and Music Center is home to local talent

RIO VISTA – If you’ve ever considered picking up an instrument and learning to play it, but changed your mind because you thought you couldn’t do it, the Rio Vista Art and Music Center might be the place to go. ideal place to rent and try out an instrument before committing to buying it yourself.

And if music isn’t your artistic calling, the center has a bit of everything for artists to learn and develop their talents. People can learn to play an instrument, to draw or to paint.

The center opened in 2013 with the goal of being an arts center for everyone in Rio Vista, said Renae Kinney, the center’s administrator.

“We have a 90-year-old art teacher who is wonderful,” she said. “He is patient and really takes the time to listen to the students.”

If a child wants to be a musician, but his parents cannot afford an instrument, the center can help him find a sponsor.

“We have students from 8 to 98 years old who come to take lessons,” she said.

The Art and Music Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means it operates through the generosity of the community and donors. This also means that donations are tax deductible.

The Rio Vista Art and Music Center is a home for local talent. (Courtesy picture)

They find help in the form of grants, donations and help from the community.

The ultimate goal is to offer free lessons to all socio-economically disadvantaged children and adults.

“Fees for classes help provide music and art supplies, instrument rentals, events, recitals, collaborative workshops, and help produce new programs and grow our offerings,” said Kinney.

The center offers many events throughout the year for those who wish to paint or draw in a small class. The center also has an art gallery where artists can exhibit their creations.

“Usually we only have eight to 20 people in the class,” Kinney said.

The center strives to create a relaxed atmosphere so that people do not feel pressured and stressed in the creative process. The center also offers charter or home school students the opportunity to learn art and music.

In the future, they plan to open a program for veterans.

“Art and music are important because they can be very relaxing,” Kinney said.

Rio Vista Art and Music Center

• Address: 219 Montezuma Street, Rio Vista
• Phone: 707-219-6002
• E-mail: [email protected]
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