THANK YOU for coming out and enjoying the Art Floats

while they were at the Park May 11 – June 1. We hope you enjoyed them.

Please consider entering your Art Float-inspired art and photography in our contest! See details below!

Interested in sponsoring a sphere? CLICK HERE!

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.

Inspired by Portraits of Hope.

Windermere Tower Properties Family Art Day in the Park

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., near the playground and carousel, free to attend (tickets available for purchase on-site to participate in select art-making activities while supplies last)

Bring your family and friends to see the Art Float spheres and have a fun-filled day at the park! Enjoy activities (like giant bubble making, colorful kite making, splatter painting, etc., while supplies last), bring your own picnic lunch and listen to live music, play outdoor games, and more!

UPDATE: Enjoy the following community activities for free:

  • enjoy an outdoor game of croquet, giant bowling, or hula hooping;
  • get ready to rumble in the Battle of the Drawings with artist and Division 9 Gallery owner Cosme Cordova;
  • take a seat to reflect and write using nature-inspired prompts with Inlandia Institute;
  • check out the unique sculpture made out of found objects by Tios Tacos owner Martin Sanchez;
  • enjoy musical performances coordinated by RUSD;
  • learn about water conservation from the City of Riverside;
  • say hello to the City’s Parks & Recreation Department;
  • spin the Windermere Tower Properties wheel at the sponsor table; and
  • sit in a Riverside Fire Truck and honk the horn and hear the siren (12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.)

No refunds on day-of sales. Proceeds benefit exhibitions, education, and programming at the Riverside Art Museum.

Click here for a map of Fairmount Park and
where the events will take place, as well as where to park.

This event is sponsored by:


IMG_0514.JPGThe Altura Credit Union and RAM Art and Photography Contest

Free and open to everyone, all you have to do is depict the wonder and excitement of Art Float – Riverside through a painting, drawing, or photo. It’s easy to enter for the chance to win cash and prizes, and have your creative work displayed at the art museum and at Altura branch offices across the city.

Click here for contest info, rules, and the application!

This contest is sponsored by:


Thank you to our generous sponsors:




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 Dixon

Sandra and John Fay

Fritts Ford

Ellen and Clarence Peterson Foundation

Lucy and Frank Heyming

Georgia L. Hill

HUB International 

Piper Jaffray

Jeff Clark Heavy Equipment Repair, Inc., Michelle and Jeff Clark

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 Optimists Youth Club, Inc. 

Stronghold Engineering, Inc.

Stuart Family

U.S. Congressman Mark Takano

Launa Wilson and Chad Young

Windermere Tower Properties/Collette Lee

Kathy Wright and Dwight Tate


Jamie and Raul Aballi

Ashley and Jose Alcala

Alcott Elementary PTA

Ann Alden 

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

Benjamin Franklin Elementary 

Ellie and Richard Bennett 

Judy Berg

Candia and Dan Bernstein

Ileana and Timothy Black

Kathy and Dave Bocian

Linda and Ted Boecker

Sharon and Cal Boothby 

Geraldine Bowden

Gary Bowman – Bowman Financial Svcs. 

Selina and Phillip Bremenstuhl

Kristen Bristow 

Vicki Broach and Tim Kelley 

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”)

Citrus Hills Middle School

Suzy and Gary Clem

The Community Foundation

Irene Conable

Jessica L. Cook and Nicholas A. Konoske

Nancy L. Cox and Kathy Schulz

Phyllis and Jim Crabtree

Elizabeth and Stephen Cunnison


Donna and Dr. Tom Davis

Matthew Davis

Clyde Derrick

Desiree’s Designs

Susan and Jim Dieterich

J. L. and Frankie Dietzman 

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

Fiesta Village Family Fun Park 

First Thursday Book Club

Fremont Elementary PTA

Patti and David Funder

Gage Retirees 

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

Rebeccah Goldware and Larry Burns 

Gortner Family

Ann and Jerry Grell/Jag Ranch Services

Adam Guzkowski

Nicole Ha and Dianne Ha

Richard Haller 

Diane and Dave Hansen 

Happily Retired BRINKs

Linda Harding-Hicks, Aquamotion, Riverside Parks & Recreation

Mark E. Harris 

Harrison Elementary School PTA 

Haupt-Wadding Family

Barbara and Dr. Fred Havens

Vickie and Brian Hawley

HMC Architects

Cathy and Toby Holmes

Barbara and Jeff Holshouser

Jacqueline and Andrew Hopper

Geri and Tom Hunt

Inland Empire Blue Belles

Inland Empire Magazine

In Memory of Mrs. Lou R. Ulrich 

Jefferson Elementary PTA

Jeni, Paul and Ashley

John Rezaei Dental 

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

Robert H. Krain, M.D. 

Sari and Owen Kustner

Georgia and Christopher Kutch

Lahr Family

Lake Mathews Elementary 

La Noria Market

Dee and Dennis Lausé

Law Offices of Brian C. Pearcy, APC 

Lauren Lee

 Peggy and Arthur Littleworth

Live Nation — FOX Performing Arts Center

Live Nation — Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Patricia Lock-Dawson and Scott Dawson

Elizabeth Lossing and William Nicoletti 

Marsha and Ron Loveridge

Peggy Luebs

Judy and Michael Luther

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

Marcia McQuern 

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

Dennis Morgan – Inland Pacific Advisors, Inc. 

Linda K. Mullen

Shannon Murphy and John Conrad


Aaron Norris 

Jennifer, Damien, and Marleigh O’Farrell 

Korinne and Thomas Ortega

Michelle Ouellette

Betty and Walter Parks

Jenny and Tim Pietro 

Kathy and Phil Pitchford 

Professional Growth System, a Division of RUSD 

Project T.E.A.M. 

Gloria and Dallas Rabenstein

Lori and Tom Raffy

Raincross Readers Bookclub 

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 Police Foundation

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

Karen and Steve Russell 

Rosie Russell

Melissa and John Russo

Camille Sanders and Tom Powell

Sandy and Bill Schnack

Margaret G. Scott 

The Scrappy Sisters Scrapbook Group, Supporting CSDR in the Art Float Project 

Joan and Gary Semonella 

Sandy and Wayne Sheppard

Sue and Rich Simonin

Robin and Paul Sinkhorn

Leslie Slamal/Jill and Tim Peterson

Cookie Smith

Maria F. and Thomas Smith

Sarah Smith

Carole Stadelbacher

Janice Stolzy

David St. Pierre 

Leslie A. Swor 

Irma Tandingan and Grenia Arceo 

Taylor’s Appliance

Teaman, Ramirez & Smith, Inc. 

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

Nina Weidhouse – Water Aerobics by Nina

Western Rehab/La Vonne 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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