COVID-19 Update Rialto Center for the Arts

COVID-19 Update from Georgia State University/Rialto Center for the Arts's Executive Director Lee Foster.

georgia state university/rialto center for the arts

Lee Foster

Executive Director


When the COVID crisis began, the Rialto Center for the Arts had just presented jazz icon Dee Dee Bridgewater on March 7. Erring on the side of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to cancel the four remaining Rialto Series shows: The Capitol Steps; Susannah, presented by the Georgia State University Opera; Tom Scott with the Georgia State University Jazz Band; and Eva Ayllón.

Very quickly, the Rialto produced and presented an array of virtual programming, which includes Rialto Replays every Wednesday at noon; Feed Your Senses, a livestreamed monthly lunch-and-learn series featuring local performing artists who provide an insider’s look at their craft; and the Rialto Homegrown Artists Series, which showcases local artists in short self-produced videos every Thursday at noon across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @RialtoCenter.

Presently, as part of Georgia State University and the University System of Georgia, the Rialto Center for the Arts will remain closed to the public until further notice.

“At the dawn of our second century, the Rialto faces an uncertain future,” says executive director Lee Foster. “Canceled shows and events have created unprecedented challenges, which have exerted an immediate and lasting impact on our ability to serve as a place where exceptional artistry thrives and diverging cultures blend together.”

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