Rio Americano Debuts Center for the Arts

Sacramento, CA   |  From SJUSD

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - A crowd of more than 200 gathered recently at the front doors of Rio Americano High School’s sparkling new Center for the Arts last week as district leaders cut the ribbon on the Measure N signature project. Attendees were then invited into the new facility where the Rio Americano AM Jazz Ensemble wowed the audience with its first-ever performance inside the theater.

After a student rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, Principal Brian Ginter addressed the crowd, then handed the microphone over to San Juan Unified School District Board President Dr. Michael McKibbin.

McKibbin made note of how the Center for the Arts, along with new landscaping and painting, has changed the look and feel of Rio Americano’s campus.

“How’s that for curb appeal?” McKibbin asked to applause from the crowd. McKibbin also thanked the community for supporting San Juan Unified bond measures so that signature projects like the Center for the Arts could be built.

Band director Josh Murray, parent Joanne Swedlow and student Sierra Contreras also spoke at the ceremony. Each expressed satisfaction at the end of a long process for Rio Americano to finally have a state-of-the-art theater for its award-winning band program.

“From the first note in our new Center for the Arts, it was clear we’re entering a new era of music at Rio Americano,” Murray said after the event. “With a beautiful environment and top-notch acoustics, our long-awaited facility will allow our students even more opportunities to showcase and fully develop their talents and passions.”

The ceremony at Rio Americano marks the end of Phase 1 of San Juan Unified’s Measure N high school signature project program. In 2013, the Board of Education called for point-of-difference projects to be built at all nine district high schools.

Source: San Juan Unified School District