Join us on the first Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Riverside ArtsWalk, a vibrant community event that celebrates the diversity of arts and culture in Riverside and the Inland Empire.

We offer free admission at both Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building) and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture as part of the ArtsWalk, which includes many downtown arts destinations.

Riverside Artswalk is hosted by the Riverside Arts Council and sponsored by the City of Riverside and Riverside Downtown Partnership. More information and Artswalk map available here.

Riverside ArtsWalk is supported in part by:

Photo credit: Puma Photography

In the words of Mr. Blue himself,

“There is nothing better than kicking back listening to music on a Sunday afternoon. Bring your ride and join us at the Riverside Art Museum on Sunday, May 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Listen to this FIRME lineup of DJs, who will play a variety of different music for you.”

Admission is FREE. See you there!

Steinbeck Remixed: Inventing the Californias in Classic Hollywood is a three-part event exploring representations of California history in John Steinbeck film adaptations. The indoor afternoon panel includes screening trailers and features leading film scholars discussing Steinbeck film adaptations and his home movies. Catherine L. Benamou, Anthony Macias, and Laura Isabel Serna, will reflect on historical narratives affixed to Alta and Baja California—as ripe with resources and opportunities, and how these narratives have overdetermined our understanding of California. Following the film panel is a dedicated gallery tour by two of the curators of the 2022-2023 MexiCali Biennial exhibit Land of Milk & Honey, a traveling multidisciplinary arts and culture program featuring works by over 40 artists whose works focus on concepts of agriculture in the regions of California and Mexico. The day’s program culminates in an outdoor screening of artist Emmanuel Ramos-Baraja’s video installation of Steinbeck films remixed to a live soundscape by a live DJ set by Chulita Vinyl Club.

2:30–5:30 pm    Scholar Panel & Curator-led Gallery Tour  (Registration Required)

6:30–8:00 pm    Outdoor Screening Installation (Open to the public)



Borderless Cultures, founded by Emmanuel Ramos-Barajas and Annette M. Rodríguez, has hosted film screenings and discussions with independent indigenous and Latinx film makers. We greatly appreciate the support of the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of History and we are grateful for the invitation to participate in the 2022-2023 MexiCali Biennial. We offer thanks to our many collaborators, including MexiCali Biennial curators: Ed Gomez, Luis G. Hernandez, Rosalía Romero, and April Lillard-Gomez, Enid Baxter-Ryce; The Cheech staff: María Esther Fernández, Artistic Director of The Cheech Center, Maryana Carreon, and Annery Sanchez; also, the participating scholars, and The Chulita Vinyl

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

Chicano art, music, and literature played a role in capturing the spirit of an entire community which propelled, nourished, and sustained the Chicano Civil Rights Movement. Artists that embraced Chicano and Chicana identities at that time addressed pressing social justice concerns such as educational and economic inequality, farmworker rights, and other forms of state violence and oppression in the United States.

The oral tradition of spoken word in music or storytelling has been the way that our history and culture has endured and persevered. Poetry is an extension of that oral tradition and is the sister spirit of music. It gives voice to our struggles and allows us to work towards a collective consciousness for our gente as we maintain our cultural identity and fight for political power and place in an ever-changing world. Poets continue to be the voice of our community.

Join us at The Cheech for an evening of powerful poesía in hosted by Cultura con Llantas.

Click here to register!

Wendy L. Silva is a queer, Latinx poet from Santa Maria, California and the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. She did her undergraduate studies in creative writing at UC Riverside and received her MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho. In 2010, she won the Judy Kronenfeld Award in poetry, and in 2013 she received the Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She currently teaches English at Riverside City College. Her most recent work can be found in Line Rider Press, The Packinghouse Review, and the Acentos Review.

Bernice “bere” Espinoza (she/her/they/them) poet/activist/advocate.

She is a first generation American and college attendee, a Xicanx/Latinx Civil Rights lawyer. Her lifelong dedication to social justice has led to her activism, advocacy, a career in law, and even poetry -all of which center on the social justice issues close to her heart (particularly immigration, racial justice, and criminal justice reform). She has been writing since age 10, and has three published poems. 

Sonia Gutiérrez is the author of Spider Woman / La Mujer Araña and the recipient of the Tomás Rivera Book Award 2021 and the International Latino Book Awards 2022 for her novel, Dreaming with Mariposas. She is currently a Finalist for the Book into Movie Awards. Presently, she is working on her bilingual poetry collection, Paper Birds: Feather by Feather / Pájaros de papel: Pluma por pluma and her first illustrated book, The Adventures of a Burrito Flying Saucer.

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of the short story collection Graft, the chapbook Burn Scars, and soon to be release the daughterland poems. She’s the co-editor of the anthology Red Flag Warning: Northern Californians Living with Fire out on HeyDay Books in 2024. She writes about family, culture and surviving climate change disasters.

Ceasar K. Avelar is the current Poet Laureate of Pomona. He is the writer in residence of Cafe con Libros Press, and the founder of Obsidian Tongues open mic. Avelar writes through the sociological lens of a blue-collar worker. He is the author of God of the Air Hose and Other Blue-Collar Poems due to be released this year (El Martillo Press 2023). Avelar will graduate this summer from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

David A. Romero is a Mexican-American spoken word artist from Diamond Bar, CA. Romero is the author of My Name Is Romero (FlowerSong Press, 2020). Romero has received honorariums from nearly a hundred colleges and universities in thirty-four different states in the USA and has performed live in Mexico, Italy, and France. He is the co-founder of El Martillo Press. Romero is the nephew of Frank Romero, and the cousin of Sonia Romero, both artists whose works are on permanent display in The Cheech. 

Donato Martinez was born in in small pueblo, Garcia de la Cadena, Zacatecas, Mexico and immigrated into USA at six years old. He teaches English composition, Literature, and Creative Writing at Santa Ana College. He has also taught classes in Chicano Studies. He has a self-published collection with three other Inland Empire poets, Tacos de Lengua. His full collection of poetry, Touch the Sky, will be published in May by El Martillo Press.

Paul S. Flores is a San Francisco artist of Mexican and Cuban-American heritage that has built a national reputation for interview-based theater and bilingual spoken word. He integrates Latino and indigenous healing practices to tell the stories of real people impacted by immigration and systemic inequalities. His first book of poetry, “We Still Be” will be published by El Martillo Press.


Cultura Con Llantas

Los Cinco

Latino Network

Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Doors open at 6 p.m.

Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside

After nearly five years of collective community effort, we are opening the doors to the nation’s premier center for Chicano art and culture on Saturday, June 18, 2022! A public-private partnership between the Riverside Art Museum, Cheech Marin, and the City of Riverside, The Cheech will welcome 100,000+ visitors annually to explore exhibitions and engage in educational opportunities. We invite you to celebrate with us at one or more of the exciting events we have planned!

First up, a benefit concert for The Cheech headlined by Grammy-Award-winning Chicano rock band, Los Lobos, with “East L.A. Chican@ rock group” Quetzal opening!

Tickets start at $32. All proceeds go to The Cheech!

To purchase tickets, click here!

Thank you to our benefit concert sponsors:

Come be a part of a community Art Installation on the fence around the soon-to-be Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum on the corner of Mission Inn Avenue and Orange Street.

Join us on Sunday, May 2, 2021, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., to add your artistic touch with Sharpies to CDs/DVDs and have it added to the We Heart Art Installation! Bring the whole family and tell your friends as the whole community is invited to participate. 

In consideration of COVID-19, tables will be spaced appropriately and everything will be sanitized between uses. Please wear masks (babies and children under the age of two excepted). Volunteers will be on hand to help and to attach completed artwork to the Art Installation.

Have old CDs/DVDs you’d like to donate? Please drop them off at the Riverside Art Museum on Fridays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., 1:30 p.m.–4 p.m., by Saturday, May 1. We need about 400 to complete the Art Installation.

This Art Installation is put on by the Riverside Art Museum and Arts Now, with a special thank you to the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum.

Unidos is back with their second series of diálogos! If you enjoyed the last series or even if you missed them, here’s your opportunity to join us for two dynamic virtual conversations. 

Coming up on Thursday, April 29, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., we will celebrate Chicano Park and its rich history, art, and culture, and the fight of the people of Barrio Logan to keep Chicano Park. Join this diálogo featuring Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash and Josie Talamantez, member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee. 

On Thursday, May 20, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., we will be honored by the one and only Dolores Huerta and the talented Daniel Valdez as we get into the role arte, musica, and teatro have played and how they continue to be such an integral part of the Chicano Movement. 

Tickets are $25. All funds raised will benefit The Cheech!

¡Que Viva Chicano Park! Art, Culture, and History: Thursday, April 29, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $25

Moderator: Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash

En Diálogo with: Josie Talamantez, Chicano Park Steering Committee Member, and Yolanda Lopez, Artist.

Arte, Música, and Teatro in the Movimiento: Thursday, May 20, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $25

Moderator: Jose “Dr. Loco” Cuellar

En Diálogo with: Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader and Community Organizer, and Daniel Valdez, Actor, Musician, Composer, and Activist

Click here to register.


This is a series of conversations organized by Unidos. Unidos is a collective of many local and community-focused organizations and engaged individuals, together serving the diverse spectrum of the Chicano Latino community in Riverside and across Inland Southern California. Unidos was formed to work together on initiatives that serve us all beyond the valued niche mission of each group.

This series of conversations is sponsored by: Assemblymember Jose Medina and Pat Reynolds

About Our Auction

This auction is part of En Diálogo: Unidos Presents | Unveiling Chicano Art and Culture: A Preview of The Cheech, a series of conversations raising funds for The Cheech. Proceeds will support opening exhibitions and future programming at the new Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum.

No Cost

The Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech, in partnership with the Inlandia Institute, is excited to present a dynamic panel discussion about the significance of el Cinco de Mayo—especially to Chicanos.

Join hosts Jorge “Mr. Blue” Hernandez & Frances J. Vásquez in a festive evening celebrating cultura with local educators and cultural arts aficionados José Chávez, Dr. Carlos Cortés, Dr. Irene M. Sanchez, and Ofelia Valdez-Yeager.

Through music, pláticas, poetry, stories, and personal reflections, panelists will discuss the cultural and historical perspectives of why Chicanos have embraced the pivotal Batalla de Puebla, which took place in México 159 years ago on May 5, 1862, and has been celebrated in California since 1863.

Click here to register.

Click here to RSVP
or call us at 951.684.7111.

Larry Burns, author of 100 Things to Do in Riverside, CA Before You Die and The 52 Project member, has a new book! Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, shares the wildest, wackiest, and most wonderful places and people that make up the diverse and storied collection of communities that is the Inland Empire. 

Join us for this ‘secret’ book launch on Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m. This (okay, not-so) secret book launch is no ordinary book launch. While Secret Inland Empire will be available for purchase ($20.95) and there’ll be a super special deal on 100 Things to Do in Riverside, CA Before You Die (only $5 if purchased with Secret Inland Empire), we’ll also have a reading with the author, a bit of IE trivia, and GIVEAWAYS! This is going to be FUN! 

This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP! And keep it ‘secret’! 😉 

About Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, published by Reedy Press

As the name implies, the Inland Empire is an ambitious collection of communities. The “I got this” ethos is alive and well here. It’s a confidence that comes from living in a place that is wide open like the fabled American frontier. The two counties that comprise the Inland Empire (IE), Riverside and San Bernardino, make it California’s largest metropolitan area. Its population and popularity grow year after year. The biggest secret about the Inland Empire is the number of ways that they lead the state, nation, and world in innovative practices, ideas, and commerce. Home of the first McDonald’s, it perfected the taste that took over the globe. Sampled a Flaming Hot Cheeto lately? Invented here by an hourly employee. This region’s citrus symbolized health and prosperity in the 20th century. Today, 90% of our dates come from the IE’s eastern deserts. Innovative? This is where Dr. June McCarroll redesigned highways by adding the white line—the first mile by her own hand. It’s home to the world’s first Tesla-inspired 3-phase A/C generator power plant, a method employed in 90% of the world today. The largest animatronics studio, Garner Holt Industries, Inc., is not in Hollywood, it’s in the IE. This is where NASA placed the world’s first Deep Space Communications Complex at Goldstone. Every single message from Mars, every probe photograph, comes here first. The purpose of this book is to share the wildest, wackiest, and most wonderful places and people that make up this diverse and storied community.

About the Author

Larry Burns draws inspiration and ideas from the heady mixture of sights, sounds, peoples, and places of his hometown, Riverside, CA. He is an active community leader, booster, and all-around fan of the recreation, entertainment, arts, and culture ready to be discovered across the Inland Empire. He is a founding member of the Inlandia Institute, a non-profit literary organization. He teaches English at Riverside City College and Humanities at Southern New Hampshire University.

The City of Riverside in partnership with Riverside Downtown Partnership and the Mission Inn Museum and Foundation are hosting the City’s third annual Doors Open event. These events are held nationally and internationally and provide free access to captivating historic sites. Come to California’s only Doors Open event. RAM’s participation will be between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information on Doors Open and the other sites that are taking part, please visit:

The Riverside Art Museum will be a stop on the Explore Riverside Together‘s tours around Riverside. Discover hidden gems, historic landmarks, and unique activities in Riverside.

You’ll need to get your Discovery Passport, similar to a scavenger hunt, by registering here. Check in at the Riverside Convention Center between 9 a.m.–noon on Saturday, May 4. You’ll have an opportunity to choose your mode of transportation between walking, driving, or biking and choose your destination. 

As an added bonus, you will earn raffle tickets and other prizes along the way. After your adventure, return to the Riverside Convention Center as early as 4 p.m. and get ready for a free Concert on the Lawn featuring Riverside talent starting at 5 p.m. The Riverside Convention Center is also offering a barbecue and drinks for purchase. Seating is first come first serve and gates open at 4 p.m.

For more information and to register (free) for this event, visit:

Join us for Coffee and Conversation for a members’ preview of 90 Years of Ink. Moderated by RAM Executive Director, Drew Oberjuerge, listen to curator Todd Wingate and former museum director Bobbie Powell talk about the history and importance of prints collected by RAM. Join the conversation, partake in some light refreshments, and enjoy a survey of over 100 RAM prints.

Please RSVP by emailing or calling us at 951.684.7111.

Please join us as we announce the winners of this year’s Art Show.

The City of Riverside in partnership with the Old Riverside Foundation, the Riverside Arts Council, the Riverside Downtown Partnership, and the Mission Inn Museum and Foundation are hosting the City’s third annual Doors Open event.

Doors Open events began over 30 years ago in France and has since spread across Europe, North America, and Australia. These events provide free access to captivating historic sites that are often closed to the public. By opening the doors to these architectural gems, event organizers hope to increase awareness of historic architecture and the community’s collective heritage. 

For more information, visit: 

(The museum will be closed to the public May 9 – 14, but will be open for this event.)

Individual Sponsorships

One-Sphere Sponsor: $350

When you participate in Riverside’s largest community art project by sponsoring a sphere, you get to determine who will receive it when the public display is over. You can choose to keep it or donate it to a school, community center, or City Park and Rec playground of your choice. You will be listed a “Sphere” sponsor in our program and invited to all events throughout Art Float – Riverside.

Three-Sphere Sponsor: $1,000

Receive all of the above times three. In addition, you will receive two tickets to our Launch Party on May 11, 2018, your name in all programs and triple the tax deduction (to the extent of the law)! Best of all, you’ll be helping the Riverside Art Museum with their mission-driven programs, including Art-to-Go, the in-school art education program for K-8th grade children.

Business Sponsorships

Businesses who choose to underwrite Art Float – Riverside will be featured on all signage, brochures, banners, and programs! All advertisements, press releases and media announcements will also highlight our business friends and their logos. All gifts are tax-deductible donations to the Riverside Art Museum and benefit their on-going programs, including art education in schools.


Big Publicity


Bigger Publicity

EGRET LEVEL: $10,000

Biggest Publicity

Click here to choose your Sponsorship Level and pay.

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:

Please join us for the Opening Reception of the UCR 1st and 2nd Year MFA Exhibition: Polylogue.

This exhibit spotlights the work of seven first and second year graduate students, PuiShuen (Tiffany) Chow, Richard Corral, Kellie Flint, Merideth Hillbrand, Joe Leavenworth, Julie Sadowski, and Ji Won, facilitated by UCR Associate Professor of Art, Yunhee Min.

RAM is proud to debut our new Julia Morgan Tribute Wall designed and funded by HMC Architects and their Designing Futures Foundation. This permanent exhibition features new information and imagery to educate visitors about the building’s architecture and history, and Morgan’s story as the first professional female architect in California and winner of the American Institute of Architect’s Gold Medal, the AIA’s highest honor. Please join us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony!

In additional, Julie Donoho, a well-regarded Morgan expert, will give a presentation on Morgan’s early work and life. She will also discuss the process of posthumously awarding Morgan the AIA Gold Medal and its significance globally. 

Free with paid admission or membership

Join artist Naida Osline as she gives a short talk and tour of her exhibition, Naida Osline: Florescence.

High School Art Show Awards Reception

Please join us as we announce this year’s winners on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Artwork was judged by a panel of respected figures in the local art community to select winners from each of the nine art categories, as well as sponsorship awards, honorable mentions, and the Howard H. Hays Sr. Best of Show Cover Award.

The Doors Open event is back! The City of Riverside, in partnership with the Old Riverside Foundation, the Riverside Arts Council, the Riverside Downtown Partnership, and the Mission Inn Museum and Foundation are hosting the City’s second annual Doors Open event. 

Doors Open events began over 30 years ago in France and has since spread across Europe, North America, and Australia. These events provide free access to captivating historic sites that are often closed to the public. By opening the doors to these architectural gems, event organizers hope to increase awareness of historic architecture and the community’s collective heritage. 

“This event showcases Riverside’s historic architecture which spans more than a century and is part of the Downtown soul,” said Erin Gettis, City of Riverside’s Principal Planner and Historic Preservation Officer. “Last year’s event drew more than a thousand attendees” she said.  

On Thursday, May 11, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., select buildings in downtown Riverside will open their doors. Guests will be taken on a riveting tour of each exquisite building and will learn about each building’s intriguing history. Tours begin at 6 p.m. and occur every twenty minutes. 

A number of downtown restaurants located in historic buildings will be offering specials before, during, and after the tours. Visitors can stop at the event’s information station located outside the Main Library and pick up a map or use the website to locate participating buildings and get directions. 

Some of the historic buildings that will be opening their doors include: the Riverside Art Museum (former Riverside YWCA), Fox Theater, Metropolitan Museum, Municipal Auditorium, First Church of Christ Scientist, First Congregational Church, Universalist Unitarian Church, the RCC Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties (former Citrus Trust), the Culver Center for the Arts (former Rouse Department Store), the California Museum of Photography (former Kress Department Store), the Arcade Building occupied by Krieger & Stewart, Loft.84 in the Aurea Vista Building, the Bonnett Building and more. 

Please visit the official Doors Open Riverside website to review the complete list of participating locations, and view images and restaurant specials only available during the event.

Please join us at the Riverside Art Museum for a celebration of the Visual and Performing Arts!

Come see the artwork from our talented RUSD Middle School artists, as well as art by Riverside County High School artists.

Enjoy music by:

  • Ramona High School pianists at 10 a.m.;
  • the Sierra Middle School Band at 10:30 a.m.;
  • the King High School Flute Choir at 11 a.m.; and
  • the King High School Sax Quartet at 11:30 a.m.

Join us for Michael Whelan in conversation with JJ Jacobson of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and fantasy, in conjunction with Beyond Science Fiction: The Alternative Realism of Michael Whelan. The Eaton Collection is one of the world’s largest, richest, and deepest collections of science fiction, fantasy, horror, utopian literature, and related genres. The Collection originated with the personal library of Dr. J. Lloyd Eaton, which was acquired by the UCR Library in 1969.

This free-wheeling conversation and extensive Q&A session is sure to delight fans of science fiction, fantasy, illustration, and Michael’s artwork.

Free, Click here to register

Last year, we danced at dawn.

This year, we dance after work!

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will present art happenings and play the music for this Force-infused Design After Dark.

Come design alongside featured artist The Black Light King as he creates a glowing wonder in paint and pigment. This event is family friendly and there will be art supplies provided for your creative enjoyment. Please feel free to bring your own art supplies. 

Star wars Cos-Play is welcome as we host a dance party in the back lot with sounds to get you moving by Mental Physix.

Be sure to check out what the Riverside Municipal Auditorium is doing to celebrate the Force, as well.

May the Fourth Be With You is done in partnership with the San Bernardino County Museum and March Field Air Museum. Check out their websites for times and details for their events!

It’s also Artswalk, so be sure to check out all that we’re doing for that, too!

Brand Ambassador @ RAM:

Dear Friends,

Denise Kraemer: resolve, resolved, resolving closes on Sunday, May 15, at 4:00 p.m.. Some of her adult students are hosting a CHAMPAGNE (Mimosas) RECEPTION for Denise on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Riverside Art Museum. Come out Saturday morning on your way to the Farmers’ Market or after your walk up Mt Rubidoux or Fairmount Park, or before or after your child’s sporting event. We want to celebrate Denise’s work and thank her for nurturing our love of printmaking. 

We hope you see you on May 14.


Sue Simonin

Kathy Wright

Sue Mitchell

Donna Morin

Daniel Teeter

Lisa Mertins

Sarah Smith

Ellen Kimehunt


10 a.m.: STEM Middle School’s Advanced Band directed by Chris Watts

10:30 a.m.: Washington’s Ballroom Dancers directed by Catherine Patrick

11:30 a.m.: Ramona High School’s Pianists directed by Ronda Barnes

1:30 p.m.: North High School and University Middle School Bands directed by Pete Jackson and Pamela Hodges-Jones

See all the entries from the RUSD Middle School Art Contest (2nd Floor)

Explore the Museum’s current exhibitions and the Riverside Art Market


For all middle school art students and their families!

Join us for the Opening Reception of Merchants of Riverside featuring artistic portraits created by Benoit and Kathy Malphettes and short essays on some of Riverside’s unique and diverse small business owners. Some have been in business for over half a century and others are just getting started. All have chosen to make Riverside their home. All contribute to making the city a great place to live.

Celebrate Small Business Week with some of your favorite Riverside merchants:

  • Inland Empire Acupuncture & Herbs
  • Studio Steel
  • JMW Framing
  • Cellar Door Books
  • Cold Cutz
  • Tio’s Tacos
  • Jammin’ Bread
  • Le Chat Noir Restaurant
  • D’Elia’s Grinders
  • Mardon Jewelers
  • Mrs. Tiggy Winkles
  • Mike’s Fitness
  • Creative Metalwork
  • European Travel International
  • Toni Moore Clothing
  • Wick’s Brewery

The Citrus Street: 1st and 2nd Year UCR MFA Exhibition runs May 11 – June 12. First and second year MFA students from UCR will be leading curatorial tours every Saturday throughout the exhibition at 1 p.m. Tours will be comprised of behind the scenes insights into the creation, stance, and interactivity of the works.

Artists and curatorial  tour dates for MFA show:

  • May 14 – Ahram Park
  • May 21 – Joe Leavenworth
  • May 28 – Ashley May
  • June 4 – Julie Sadowski
  • June 11 – Dicky Bahto

By Scott K. Watson, Assistant Planner – City of Riverside Historic Preservation Division

An international movement is coming to Riverside. The City of Riverside in partnership with the Old Riverside Foundation, the Riverside Arts Council, the Riverside Downtown Partnership, and the Mission Inn Museum and Foundation are hosting the city’s first Doors Open event. Doors Open Days began over 30 years ago in France and has since spread across Europe, North America, and Australia. These events provide free access to captivating historic sites that are often closed to the public. By opening the doors to these architectural gems, event organizers hope to increase awareness of historic architecture and the community’s collective heritage.

On Thursday, May 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 15 buildings in downtown Riverside are opening their doors. Guests will be taken on a riveting tour of each exquisite building and will learn about each building’s intriguing history.

Be sure to stop by one of the six information stations located at:

  • the Main Library, 
  • Main and Mission Inn, 
  • Lemon and Mission Inn, 
  • Lemon and University, 
  • Orange and University, and 
  • Mission Inn and Vine.

A number of downtown restaurants located in historic buildings will be offering specials before, during, and after the tours.

Buildings that will be opening their doors include:

  • Fox Theater, 
  • Metropolitan Museum, 
  • Municipal Auditorium, 
  • First Church of Christ Scientist, 
  • First Congregational Church, 
  • Universalist Unitarian Church, 
  • Riverside Art Museum (former YWCA), 
  • Life Arts Building (former YWCA), 
  • RCC Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties (former Citrus Trust),
  • Culver Center for the Arts (former Rouse Department Store),
  • California Museum of Photography (former Kress Department Store),
  • Arcade Building occupied by Krieger & Stewart, 
  • Loft.84 in the Aurea Vista Building, 
  • Bonnett Building, and
  • Old City Hall occupied by Tilden-Coil Constructors.

 Click here for more information.

The Inland Empire Awakens – A Dance Sunriser

Kick your day off right! Come dance with us on May 4th, 2016, starting at 6:00 a.m. That’s right, in the morning! Before work or class!

This event is similar to other efforts around the country like Daybreakers and Morning Gloryville, which encourages community and health through dance.

So what to wear, you ask? Whatever you want, really. Come in yoga or exercise clothes; what you’d wear out to the club; in a suit and tie; as an Ewok or Han or Rey.

What was that last bit? Oh yeah, this dance party is happening on May the 4th….. Go on; say it aloud. Sounds like you’re saying, “May the Force…Be With You”, doesn’t it? It’s Star Wars Day! So come dressed as your favorite Rebel Alliance, (New) Jedi Order, or (eek!) First Order character if that’s how you roll.

This is about an awakening happening in the Inland Empire, so to that end, we’ve partnered with the San Bernardino County Museum. Both locations will provide a rockin’ DJ (Mental Physix at RAM; DJ Eturnal at SBCM), non-alcoholic drinks (juice shots from Living Root Cellar, Molino’s coffee, Neuro water, and more), and breakfast treats.

So feel the force, break in a new day with us, and DANCE!

Special Opening $75

The Riverside Art Museum is proud to present SUPERSONIC PALETTE: The Art of Flight by Mike Machat. This exhibit will feature a diverse collection of art loaned by the artist and private collectors in multiple media, as well as the world premiere of new artwork from the artist.

Machat is a master of capturing the image of all types of aircraft and his knowledge of the industry is rivalled by few. His career as an artist has included commercial concept art for airplane manufacturers, the recording of historic moments in aviation history, commissions from record-breaking pilots, and more.

Please join us and the artist on Friday, May 20, 2016, starting at 6:00 p.m. for the special opening reception of this high-flying exhibition.

See fine art and aviation history intersect while you enjoy handcrafted distillery spirits from Stark Spirits, beer from Hangar 24, jazz music, and delectable hors d’oeuvres!

The evening includes the unveiling of a new painting, 36”x60”, that captures Riverside’s unique contribution to aviation history, which the artist describes as his best yet.

Don’t miss the opportunity to bid on two 20-minute flights in Flabob’s open cockpit Marquart Charger biplane and lithographs of “Evening Star” (TWA airliner) and “First Re-Entry” (X-15 rocket plane). 


Thank you to our generous exhibit sponsors:


Bob Harris & Susan Rothermund

Dutton Motor Company

City of Riverside

Hub International

KH Metals & Supply

Jim Myer

Walter & Betty Parks

Steve & Cathy Morford

Gary & Kathy Christmas

Sam Lemon & Judy Davies

Citizens Business Bank

Join us on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on RAM’s Instagram (@riversideartmuseum) to watch and learn live as artist Juan Navarro (and occasional guest artists) create art and give tips!

First Sundays is a series of free programs featuring activities for all-ages at various downtown Riverside locations.

Every first Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building) and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture are free and open to the public from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. No tickets are necessary.

Presenting Sponsor – First Sundays (March, April, May) and Judithe Hernández | Beyond Myself, Somewhere, I Wait for My Arrival

In partnership with Riverside Arts Council. List of participating organizations, here.

If you are interested in sponsoring free First Sundays activities, please contact Valerie Found at

Photo credit: Puma Photography