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PAL: Performance Art & Learning Program 

 Photos courtesy of Maurice Ramirez and Chuck DiGuida.


PAL is a curriculum-based youth arts education program developed in 2012 in collaboration with the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). PAL is intended to foster awareness about world cultures and empower underserved youth through exposure to educational music and dance assemblies. By bringing students to RCW, they will have the opportunity to see, perhaps, their first professional performance in a theater setting, as well as support local artists.

Best of 2014The PAL program is designed to provide a cross-section of music and dance traditions from cultures around the world, performed by artists of the highest caliber. Partnering with AUSD, and later in 2013 with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), to provide multicultural experiences not offered elsewhere in the community enables RCW to expand its outreach, create more value as a community resource and build stronger ties to a more diverse population. RCW believes that exposure to the arts can be a transformative experience and a catalyst for cultural celebration.

Thanks to the belief in the power of arts education and generous support from RCW's funders including the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF), Kiwanis Club of Alameda, the Perforce Foundation, the Quest Foundation, the Rotary Club of Alameda, the Thomas J. Long Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, PAL programming has been provided at no cost to participating schools since its inception in 2012.

The Fall 2016 PAL Participating Artists: 

Thursday, September 29: Chinyakare Ensemble (Zimbabwean Music and Dance)

Chinyakare provides students a glimpse of the beauty, excitement, and spirit of traditional Zimbabwean and Southern African dance, song and music blending virtuoso performance with the sounds of African tribal culture. 

Thursday, October 6: Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Indonesian Music and Dance)

Performing the music and dance of Bali, GSJ introduces students to the unique choreography, expression and instrumentation of the gamelan ensemble. 

Thursday, October 20: Tezkatlipoka (Aztec Drum and Dance)

Tezkatlipoka's shares indigenous Meso American culture through Aztec dance and drumming so that it can be preserved in all its beauty and strength for future generations.

For more information regarding your school’s participation or to become a Rhythmix PAL, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For a history of the PAL program and previous youth arts programming, please click here.


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