As the Riverside Arts Academy Family celebrates the Lunar New Year with the rest of the community, we also mourn the losses with the families in Monterey Park. The Lunar New Year is the time for new beginnings and a special time to bring friends and families together through feasting and festivities. The year of the Rabbit speaks to good chances for promotion, good jobs, friends and money too! All of this is what we seek to accomplish at the Riverside Arts Academy.

On another note, we are excited to welcome Adam Karelin, our new Riverside Youth Orchestra Director, who is entering his second month with our program. He has served as the Student Symphony Orchestra of USC Director, a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, a conductor at the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra and a guest clinician at North Hollywood High School. We are thrilled to have him and we look forward to a successful 2023 here at the Riverside Arts Academy. We Welcome you to the RAA Family!

Andy Melendrez
Board President
Riverside Arts Academy