Riverside Arts Academy Wins Award - Press Enterprise

Ballet instructor Sue Murray works with students including Ariana Granillo, 8, during a ballet class at the Riverside Arts Academy at the Cesar Chavez Community Center in 2013. Riverside will receive an award for the program March 3.

Ballet instructor Sue Murray works with students including Ariana Granillo, 8, during a ballet class at the Riverside Arts Academy at the Cesar Chavez Community Center in 2013. Riverside will receive an award for the program March 3.

After opening on a shoestring budget in late 2012, the Riverside Arts Academy will receive an award from the California Parks and Recreation Society.

The academy started at the Cesar Chavez Community Center in Riverside’s Eastside neighborhood, offering children free and low-cost classes in music, dance and art. With donations of time, money, instruments and dance clothes, the school has expanded to the Arlanza and Villegas community centers and taught more than 2,000 children since it began.

Riverside’s parks department, which oversees the arts academy, will be recognized with a service award of excellence by the California Parks and Recreation Society on Friday, March 3, a city news release states.

Originally Published: http://www.pe.com/2017/02/21/riverside-arts-academy-wins-award/

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