RTA's Top Line

Red Tie Arts' first function is to present great concerts and arts events.  Talent that is, or is influenced by, arts and music from around the globe for our winter series at the McHenry Museum in Modesto.  Normally, we do one presentation per month except for December.  A summer concert series on the beautiful grounds of the Lucca Winery in Ripon is more focused on larger high energy groups for fun and dancing. 

Funds raised from these events go directly to our Red Tie Kids Granting Program.

RTA's Bottom  Line

In a nutshell, our Red Tie Kids programs are designed to help underprivileged children who show great promise and talent in the arts have an equal chance to excel.   We provide "outside" lessons with the top private instructor in our area.  In the case of music, we try to hire instructors who also have practical stage and touring experience to give students more than knowing a sharp from a flat.  The purpose of the lessons is to help these sometimes "At Risk" children to become more productive adults.   More info on that  on on the "Kids" page.

Ultimate Bottom  Line

The arts confer numerous benefits on those who take part in them, from providing captivation and pleasure to promoting cognitive growth and the capacity for empathy. Moreover, childhood participation in the arts is closely linked to adult participation, suggesting that children exposed to the arts will become the future audience members who can guarantee the vibrancy of the arts for years to come.

Taken from the Wallace Foundation's website.  The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of the arts for everyone

Welcome to Red Tie Arts.


     RTA is a non-profit corporation that celebrates the arts by presenting quality artists to the community as well as raising money to assist exceptional aspiring young artists who need financial assistance to pursue their artistic dreams.


     Founders Jerry Cooper and John Griswold have been producing concerts since the mid 90's.  Recently they                                             realized  they could raise money                                           from the shows to help young                                               artists achieve their dreams and                                           have a path to pursue a career in                                         the arts.  RTA will start  awarding 
                                       grants for young artists in early                                             2017.


                                      Preliminary, grants will be for                                                children identified by their                                                      teachers as having talent in                                                  music. As we  grow, RTA will expand to support children pursuing dance, performance and visual arts.  Please help us support these young aspiring artists by attending a show, making a donation, and spread the word!