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Art Float – Riverside 

May 11 - June 1, 2018

Credit Portraits of Hope_a27c web.jpgThe Riverside Art Museum (RAM), in collaboration with the City of Riverside’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department and the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD), will host a signature community art event that will involve hundreds of huge, floating, hand-painted spheres in Lake Evans at Fairmount Park. Called Art Float – Riverside, the project is patterned after one staged a few years ago by Portraits of Hope in Los Angeles. The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, the volunteer fundraising group of RAM, is spearheading the event that will take place May 11 - June 1, 2018. When complete, the floating artwork will feature over 350 hand-painted spheres that will float in Lake Evans for a three-week festival.

Each plastic sphere is six feet in diameter and will be brightly painted by schoolchildren at 48 RUSD schools. After being painted, the spheres will be launched in Lake Evans at Fairmount Park and will float as a huge piece of community art. During the time the spheres will be in the lake, there will be multiple events for the public to enjoy.

“This will be a signature event in Riverside,” says Lucile Arntzen, incoming RAM Board President. “It will allow everyone free access to a unique kind of community art.”

Art Float – Riverside chairwoman, Kathy Allavie, says that one of the unique aspects of the project is the involvement of thousands of schoolchildren throughout the city. Allavie, who also sits on the RUSD Board of Trustees, is excited to bring the art experience into the schools. “Our painting teams will be visiting each school and letting the children participate in the process,” says Allavie. “I know that when they see the spheres floating colorfully in the lake they will be thrilled to have had a hand in its creation.”

Art Float – Riverside is also a fundraiser for the museum. Allavie is hoping to have 350 spheres sponsored by community members for $350 each. After the event, the sponsors can keep the painted spheres or have them donated to a school, library, or community center. The money raised by the project will return to RAM’s mission-driven programs, including their award-winning art education program called Art-to-Go. Art-to-Go delivers art education directly to each classroom with age-appropriate projects and lessons given by qualified art instructors.  RUSD has engaged the museum to deliver around 3,700 art classes in all their elementary schools, K-6th, this coming year.

***October 2017 UPDATE!!!***

Art Float – Riverside is receiving tremendous support! Since its kick-off at the start of September, over 100 of the 350 super-sized art floats have been sponsored by a business or member of the community for $350. Thirty Riverside schools have already signed up to be a part of this exciting project.

“We are ecstatic to have our students playing such a huge role in a community art project like this,” say Dr. David Hansen, RUSD Superintendent. “When they see those colorful spheres floating in the lake at Fairmount Park next year, they will be able to take pride in knowing that they played a part in this historic, one-of-a-kind art installation, and hopefully they will recognize that they are all a part of something much bigger – a community that values and appreciates art in all forms!” 

***February 2018 UPDATE!!!***

Teams of volunteers have been going to local schools and having week-long painting experiences for the RUSD students and some Alvord Unified, Corona-Norco Unified, and charter school students, as well. During these painting events, all 4-6th grade, middle school, and high school students are encouraged to participate. It takes about 2-3 days to paint one sphere because they must be completely dry in order to rotate. Local PTA and other school volunteers have been helping the painting teams accomplish this huge artistic task.

Community members and local businesses have been asked to participate in the effort by underwriting giant spheres at a cost of $350 each. All the funds raised by ART FLOAT go back into art education and the programs of the Riverside Art Museum. Already 200 floats have been sponsored out of the nearly 400. After the event the giant spheres are returned to each sponsor or they can be donated to a school or community center for physical education or playtime. 

To sponsor a sphere, click here.


Key Dates

Art Float - Riverside Public Viewing: May 11 - June 1, 2018

Art Float - Riverside Launch Party: Friday, May 11, 2018, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Art Float - Riverside Mother's Day Brunch: Sunday, May 13, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Art Float - Riverside Evening with Dan Bernstein: Friday, May 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Art Float - Riverside Family Day: Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Details for each event coming soon!


For more information about how to sponsor a sphere, call Kathy Allavie at (951) 784-7377 or, or click here.


Thank you to our generous sponsors:



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Amy S. Harrison


Albert A. Webb Associates

Brad Alewine

Kathy and John Allavie

James Antoyan - JLA Real Estate Group

Lucile Arntzen

Blue Banner Packing

Craig Blunden

Jill and Gordon Bourns

Carol and Nick Brown

Kathy and Gary Christmas

Betty and Leonard Dixon

Sandra and John Fay

Fritts Ford

Ellen and Clarence Peterson Foundation

Lucy and Frank Heyming

Georgia L. Hill

HUB International 

Piper Jaffray

Francisca and Eric Johnson

S. Sue Johnson

Jeannene and Kevin Kelly

Assemblymember Jose Medina

Laura and Matt Merickel

Neff Construction, Inc.

Debby and Ken Phillips

The Ransom-McKenzie Team

Riverside Education Enrichment Foundation (REEF)

Riverside Optimist Club

Stronghold Engineering, Inc.

U.S. Congressman Mark Takano

Dwight Tate and Kathy Wright

Laura Wilson and Chad Young

Windermere Tower Properties/Collette Lee


Jamie and Raul Aballi

Alcott Elementary PTA

Doreen and Mike Alewine

Jaclyn Allavie

Paula and David Allbeck

Lorraine and Richard Anderson


Art Alliance Sustainer Friends

Kathy Arthur

The Arts Area - Inland Empire Arts Directory

Eileen and Stephen Ashwal

Baccarella Insurance Services, Inc.

Lori and Bryan Backstrom 

Carolyn Badger

Mayor Rusty Bailey

The Bailey Family

Pam and Mark Balys

Debbie Barles and Scott Zohlman

Jane and Joe Barr

Kathy and Matt Barth

Michael Bates - Merrill Lynch

Drs. Brad Baum and Carla Lidner Baum

Sally and Chuck Beaty

Judy Berg

Candia and Dan Bernstein

Kathy and Dave Bocian

Linda and Ted Boecker

Geraldine Bowden

Selina and Phillip Bremenstuhl

Bud's Tire Pros

Christine Cahraman, Attorney at Law

Cannon Management

Quinn Alexandra Castellino

Erin Christmas

Citizens United for Resources and the Environment, Inc. ("CURE")

Suzy and Gary Clem

The Community Foundation

Irene Conable

Jessica L. Cook and Nicholas A. Konoske

Phyllis and Jim Crabtree

Elizabeth and Stephen Cunnison


Donna and Dr. Tom Davis

Matthew Davis

Clyde Derrick

Desiree's Designs

Susan and Jim Dieterich

DLR Group

Downtown Area Neighborhood Alliance

Sharon A. Duffy

Margo and Bud Dutton

Barbara Ermert - The Spa @ Canyon Crest

Marcia and Tom Evans

Dr. Angelov Farooq

Sandra J. Ferguson

Virginia and Charlie Field

First Thursday Book Club

Fremont Elementary PTA

Patti and David Funder

Councilmember Mike Gardner, Ward 1

Gillian and Larry Geraty

Mary Anne and Paul Gill

Cheryl and Dayton Gilleland

Dorothy and Dr. Anthony Ginter

Dr. Ray R. Glendrange, Riverside Eye Specialists

Gless Ranch

Rene M. Glynn and Dan Benner

Deirdre and Rich Goeman

Gortner Family

Ann and Jerry Grell/Jag Ranch Services

Adam Guzkowski

Nicole Ha and Dianne Ha

Richard Haller 

Happily Retired BRINKs

Haupt-Wadding Family

Barbara and Dr. Fred Havens

Vickie and Brian Hawley

Cathy and Toby Holmes

Barbara and Jeff Holshouser

Jacqueline and Andrew Hopper

Geri and Tom Hunt

Inland Empire Blue Belles

Inland Empire Magazine

Jeni, Paul and Ashley

John W. North High School

Shelley and Bob Kain

Cathy and Steve Kienle

Kiwanis Club of Riverside

Kiwanis Club of Uptown Riverside

Monette and Warren Klure

Sari and Owen Kustner

Georgia and Christopher Kutch

Lake Mathews Elementary 

La Noria Market

Dee and Dennis Lausé

Law Offices of Brian C. Pearcy, APC 

Lauren Lee

 Peggy and Arthur Littleworth

Patricia Lock-Dawson and Scott Dawson

Elizabeth Lossing and William Nicoletti 

Marsha and Ron Loveridge

Peggy Luebs

Councilmember Chris MacArthur, Ward 5

Mary and Sperry MacNaughton

Tami and Steve Maio

Bailey and Alexander Mann

Mark Twain Elementary School PTA

Gregory Marrujo, M.D.

Matthew Gage Middle School PTA

Maureen Kane & Associates, Inc.

Ann and Pat McDonnell

Pauline and Bill McGuigan

Ann Marie and Councilmember Andy Melendrez

Eileen and Jim Milam

Joan Miller

Patricia Miller

Fran and Bob Moerke

Monster Media, Inc.

Patricia and Keith Moorman

Cathy and Steve Morford

Shannon Murphy and John Conrad


Michelle Ouellette

Betty and Walter Parks

Jenny and Tim Pietro 

Project T.E.A.M. 

Gloria and Dallas Rabenstein

Lori and Tom Raffy

Sue Rainey and John Collins

RAM Staff

Jinnefer and Robert Razo

Re-elect Brent Lee, RUSD Trustee

Residents for Responsible Representation

Emmanuelle and Morey Reynolds

Patricia Reynolds

Todd Ridgway, C21 Lois Lauer

Riverside Air Service, Inc.

Riverside Community Health Foundation

The Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau

Riverside Downtown Partnership

Riverside East Rotary Club

Riverside Personnel Services

Riverside Truck & Equipment, Inc. 

Riverside Woman's Club

Robyn A. Rogers and Ronald McCaskill

Rotary Club of Riverside

Cindy and Richard Roth

Susan Rothermund and Robert Harris 

Phyllis and Arnold Rowe

Ruhnau Clarke Architects

Rosie Russell

Melissa and John Russo

Camille Sanders and Tom Powell

Sandy and Bill Schnack

Sandy and Wayne Sheppard

Sue and Rich Simonin

Robin and Paul Sinkhorn

Leslie Slamal/Jill and Tim Peterson

Cookie Smith

Sarah Smith

Carole Stadelbacher

Janice Stolzy

Leslie A. Swor 

Taylor's Appliance

Tesselle Cement Tiles - Daniel & Karin Jeske

Terre and Bill Thomas

Thompson & Colegate LLP

Kathryn Uhrich and Jeffrey Holmes

Louise and Hans van Delft

VNA California

Athena and David Waite

Cathleen and Terry Walling

Carole and Jim Ward

Sandy Webb

Western Rehab/LaVonne Dodge

Susan and Les Whittaker

Todd Wingate

Kyley and Steven Ybarra

Billie Yeager

Kristi and Jacques Yeager

Hedy Zikratch-Tyson and Jimmie Tyson

A special THANK YOU to Vista Paint, Smokey Canyon BBQ, D'Elia's Grinders, Migliore Gourmet Foods, Jammin' Bread Bakery and Cafe, and Nothing Bundt Cakes -- Riverside!

Thank you to our collaborating partners for this community art event:

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