Music at Santa Rita
This important program, Music at Santa Rita, is currently on hold because of the stay-at-home orders that limit public gatherings. At Santa Rita (Alameda County Jail), we have presented piano recitals with Leon Bates, The Venezuelan Music Project, classical violinist Tai Murray and Sal Nunez leading drumming circles – a favorite event for all.
While artists are in town for series concerts, many perform concerts for the inmates at the Alameda County Jail, Santa Rita in Dublin.
Our belief is that moments of beauty have the potential of enhancing each person individually and thus making our world a better place. We feel that this holds true, whether the audience members are children, students, senior citizens, men or women, people of any race, social or economic strata, living in our communities or in our jails.
The music does more than entertain. As a Santa Rita Recreation Director states, “Your program is a unique presentation. It soothes, relaxes and eases tension. Your program is anticipated by the inmates, and they show much appreciation. It makes them more hopeful, lighter. They ask questions, like ‘Who was that group?’ ‘When are they coming back?’”
One inmate put it simply, “It is something that says that we, too, are still valuable.”