Local Craft Beer, Art Sales, Live Music & More
October 7, 2023
6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA

Tickets $25 Includes food, art sales and music.

Beer and wine tickets $10 each. Non-alcoholic beverage will be available.

An artful night of “bier and musik” German-style, the Riverside Art Museum is opening its doors on Saturday, October 7 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM for beer tasting flights from some of Riverside’s favorite breweries: Carbon Nation Brewing, Euryale Brewing Company, Packinghouse Brewing Company, Route 30 Brewing, and Thompson Brewing Company.

Wine will be available for purchase, along with German food catered by Gazzolo’s Sausage Company & Restaurant. Lively music from Brassworks, a Riverside brass quintet, will have attendees tapping their feet.

The central part of the evening is ART! Attendees can sort through the vintage art sale of gently loved art treasures to snatch up at bargain prices and an art boutique that will offer everything from jewelry to ceramics at very affordable prices.

ARToberfest is a night of festivity hosted by the Art Alliance, the nonprofit that raises funds for the Riverside Art Museum. Event proceeds benefit the museum’s art and education programs throughout the Inland Empire.

For more information, call Kathy Allavie at (951) 784-7377 or email

Pre-event tickets are sold out.

Please purchase your tickets at ARToberfest.

Become a Sponsor

The Riverside Art Museum and Art Alliance are seeking sponsorships to help make this event a success!

Click here to become a sponsor or download form to mail

Thank you to our sponsors



Kathy & John Allavie


Kathy & David Bocian
Tim Burgess, Burgess Moving & Storage: In-Kind Sponsor
Kathy & Gary Christmas
Paulden & Joni Evans: In-Kind Sponsor
Francie & Eric Johnson


Lucile Arntzen
Pam & Mark Balys
Michael Bates
Linda & Ted Boecker
Selina & Phil Bremenstuhl
Teresa Chamiec & Robert Giannini
Suzy & Gary Clem
Barbara Cockerham
Sandi & John Fay
Cheryl & Dayton Gilleland
Suzanne Gray
Jacqueline & Andrew Hopper
Maureen Kane
Pamela Kaptain
Tami & Steve Maio
Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds
Patricia Reynolds
Ruth Ann Ryan & Stephen Parker
Carole Stadelbacher
Athena & David Waite


Georgia Anders-Kutch
Lorraine & Richard Anderson
Marilyn Grell-Brisk
Larry Geraty
Debra & Jeff Johnson
Pauline McGuigan
Sue Mitchell
Debby & Ken Phillips
Marianne Ronay
Cookie Smith
Sue & Robert Spitzer
Denise Stevens & Madelyn Warner
Ofelia Valdez-Yeager & Ley Yeager


James Antoyan


Pura Pachanga at The Cheech
Sunday, June 18, 2023 @ 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Celebrating the first anniversary of The Cheech, Altura Credit Union and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum presents Pura Pachanga, a free, family-friendly outdoor festival for the community featuring art and music. More than 30 artisans and about a dozen food vendors will share their wares, along Mission Inn Avenue between The Cheech and RAM (from Lime St. to Orange St.). Artist demonstrations will take place at The Cheech on its outdoor Zocalo.

On stage, enjoy dance performances by Orgullo Mestizo Ballet Folklórico, Tradición Alegre Ballet Folklórico, and Ballet Folklórico de Riverside and music by Inland Empire musical sensations QUITAPENAS, El Santo Golpe, MILPA, Deladeso, and deejay music throughout the day by the female duo Las Chicas Tristes.

Artisan vendors include CJs Angels, a family of artists – Jose, Annette, and Theresa Armas – who create original fine art and handcrafted art based on Mexican traditions. Man One and Pablo Damas are among the artists who will paint live outside of The Cheech. Food vendors include Tacollynn, which specializes in tacos de canasta, also known as “basket tacos” or tacos sudados. Common in Mexico City, but originating in Tlaxcala, this popular Mexican street food consists of tortillas bathed in oil and filled with various stew fillings (papas, chicharrón, frijoles, adobo), then steamed.

Pura Pachanga is sponsored by Altura Credit Union with support from Bank of America, Itzen Bishop Financial and U.S. Bank. The event is co-produced by artist, curator, and community partner Cosmé Cordova.


5:30 PM to 7:00 PM – QUITAPENAS

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – El Santo Golpe

3:15 PM to 3:45 PM – Orgullo Mestizo Ballet Folklórico

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM — MILPA

1:15 PM to 1:45 PM – Deladeso

12:40 PM to 1:10 PM – Tradición Alegre Ballet Folklórico

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Ballet Folklórico de Riverside (Aztec blessing)

Deejay music between band sets – Las Chicas Tristes

TICKETS & INFORMATION: Festival admission is FREE. Reservations can be made online for FREE admission to The Cheech and RAM (limited supply). No additional tickets will be available the day of the event, reservations are required to enter the museums. For museum news and event updates, follow @thecheechcenter and @riversideartmuseum on social media and join the museum mailing list by clicking the button below:

QUITAPENAS is one word – all caps, four syllables – all claps, which gives you a taste of the group’s rhythmic contagion. This tropical Afro-Latin combo was born under the warm California sun. They borrow aesthetics from the radical 60s, 70s and 80s. Each song echoes a remix of history and invites one to engage in the liberating evenings of Angola, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and beyond. The name means “to remove worries.” Everybody has a “pena” and the mission of QUITAPENAS is simple: to make you dance and leave you without a worry.

El Santo Golpe translates best to “The Mighty Hit” – that feeling when one experiences a powerful sense of joy, an unexpected punch of happiness when connecting with a song, a rhythm, movement, art, and an experience that brings peacefulness and alegria! This artist collective was created to introduce an original take to the fun world of “Afro-Latin” music, as they borrow influences of rhythms, sounds, traditions, and Folklore from the Afro Latin Diaspora around the world.

MILPA is a collective of multi-instrumentalist, composers, poets, and cultural artist from the Inland Empire (San Bernardino/Riverside) the band explores the world of folkloric rhythms from Jarocho to Conga, Caribe to Angola, Pacífico beats, and tropic rodas. Milpa’s diverse energy has remained rooted to Afro-Indigenous music, poetry, dance, and community since 2009.

Deladeso is the art persona created by Richie Velazquez. Based out of Riverside California, he has been developing his Digital Death and Grime art aesthetic since 2012. As the originator of grime art, he pays homage to those that have molded himself into the “Spookek” that he is today!

Las Chicas Tristes consists of Latinx deejays Brittney Carranza (Benny) and Leticia Calderón (Leti) who are “bound by sound.”

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!

April 30, 2023

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Art Talk

Registration link:

Join us for an engaging conversation between Beliz Iristay and Christie Mitchell about Tracing Acculturations: Beliz Iristay

BELIZ IRISTAY: Beliz Iristay is a visual artist working on both sides of United States and Mexico border region. As such, her work is a representation of the identity created in the in-between spaces. Iristay creates installation work that critically examines the traditions in the cultures she has experienced, specifically as they relate to tradition, identity, gender, and custom. Iristay was born in 1979 in Izmir, Turkey and currently lives between San Diego, California and Ensenada, Baja California, México. Iristay’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Slovenia, México, and Los Angeles. She was awarded for San Diego Art Prize in 2021 and her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the San Diego Art Institute; Lux Art Institute SOFA Chicago; Miami Red Dot Art Fair Miami; and the Los Angeles Art Fair. She creates her projects and hosts workshops in her TURKMEX studio, which is located in the Guadalupe Valley of Baja California, México.

CHRISTIE MITCHELL: Christie Mitchell is a cultural worker and contemporary art curator. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, an organization providing arts and music resources, exhibitions, art classes, and year-round concerts and public programs to the San Diego community. Previously, she worked as an independent curator, and in the curatorial department of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York where she started as a part of the team orchestrating the museum’s move to a new building downtown. While at the Whitney she organized and co-organized multiple exhibitions including the retrospective Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, which debuted at the Whitney before traveling to the San Francisco Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018-2020. Prior to this, she was a Research Assistant for the publication and exhibition Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Please join us for a reception in honor of the Paulden Evans Exhibit: Skating on Thin Ice.

Riverside’s Paulden Evans, designer, sculptor, painter returns to RAM with a series of recent abstract paintings and sculptures. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments at this free event.

Thursday, April 6, 2023,

5:00-6:00 PM Reception for Members and Invited Guests

6:00-9:00 PM Arts Walk Public Opening

The Other Side of Memory: Photographs by Luis C. Garza

February 25, 2023

2 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Art Talk

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Book Signing

Registration Required

RESERVE YOUR BOOK IN ADVANCE! A limited number of copies are available for $50+tax. Send an email to

CANNOT ATTEND AND WANT TO BUY A BOOK? Send an email to for shipping information.

Join us for an engaging conversation between Elizabeth Ferrer, Armando Durón, and Luis C. Garza about The Other Side of Memory: Photographs by Luis C. Garza. On view through March 19, 2023, this exhibition includes 66 black-and-white silver gelatin prints selected from the extensive archive of his work. Mostly unpublished until now, Garza’s images document his East Los Angeles community during the early 1970s, his South Bronx neighborhood during the 1960s, and his 1971 travels to Budapest, Hungary, for the World Peace Conference where he met Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.

ELIZABETH FERRER: Elizabeth Ferrer is Chief Curator at BRIC, a multi-disciplinary arts organization in Brooklyn, as well as a scholar of Latinx and Mexican photography. She has written extensively and curated exhibitions of Mexican modern and contemporary photography. Ferrer is author of Lola Alvarez Bravo (Aperture, NY), named a New York Times notable book of the year, as well as of numerous exhibition catalogs published in the United States and Mexico. Most recently, she authored the critically lauded Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History, published by the University of Washington Press in 2021. Ferrer has curated major exhibitions that have appeared at such institutions as the Smithsonian Institution, Notre Dame University, El Museo del Barrio, the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, and the Americas Society in New York, where she was Gallery Director for several years. She is currently curating a major retrospective exhibition on the work of Louis Carlos Bernal, a pioneering Chicano photographer, to be presented at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson in fall 2023. The exhibition catalog will be co-published by Aperture. Ferrer, who studied art history at Wellesley College and Columbia University, is originally from Los Angeles and is based in Brooklyn, New York, and in Western Massachusetts.

ARMANDO DURÓN: Armando Durón has been avidly collecting Chicano art since 1981. His extensive collection includes over 660 artworks and over 1,000 publications and books related to Chicano art. It represents the last 40 years of Chicano art in Southern California and reflects his Chicano perspective on collecting Chicano art. Among other exhibitions, Durón curated “Time Refocused: Photographs of Luis C. Garza” and organized “A Short Essay on Chicano Photography” at the Social and Public Resource Center (SPARC) in 2015. He also has written essays for “Camilo Cruz: Portraits of Purpose: Century Regional Detention Facility” (2016) and “Camilo Cruz: Judges/Inmates/Juxtaposed” (2017). The Durón Family Collection includes other Chicana/o photographers such as Laura Aguilar; Rafael Cardenas; Christina Fernandez; Harry Gamboa, Jr.; and Ricardo Valverde.

LUIS C. GARZA: Luis C. Garza is an independent curator and photojournalist who recorded the tumultuous social events of the 1960s and 1970s, often on behalf of La Raza magazine, the journalistic voice of the Chicano movement. His images captured the attention of many, and later led to his multifaceted career in documentary production, arts marketing, event coordination, arts consulting, and exhibition curation. He co-curated the exhibition “Siqueiros in Los Angeles: Censorship Defied” at The Autry, which elevated awareness of his work as a curator and a photographer. He then collaborated with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and The Autry on the blockbuster exhibition “LA RAZA” for The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

ABOUT THE CATALOG: In addition to 66 black-and-white photographs, the catalog for the exhibition “The Other Side of Memory: Photography by Luis C. Garza” features essays by photographer Luis C. Garza and the exhibition’s curator Armando Durón, bookended by a foreword by curator and scholar Elizabeth Ferrer who authored the critically lauded “Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History” and an afterword by Charlene Villaseñor Black, Professor of Art History and Chicano Studies and Central American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles; editor of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; and founding editor-in-chief of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture. It also includes previously unpublished proof sheets of Garza’s film negatives that demonstrate his process of selecting what to shoot and what to print.

January 21 | 1:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M.

Meet the author and artist of The Vermillion Speedateer, Sebraé Harris! Follow some of the staff of the Riverside Art Museum on an incredible journey as you flip through the pages of this amazing manga.


January 8, 2023 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate Dia De Los Reyes Magos at the Riverside Art Museum. Mr. Blue and Cultura con Llantas are back and bringing the tamales, pan dulce, chocolate Mexicano, Rosca de Reyes, and entertainment! This event is absolutely FREE. Invite your friends and families!

We’ll see you there!

Saturday, January 14, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM (members’ reception starts at 5:00 PM)

Please join us to celebrate Beliz Iristay and her exhibition Tracing Acculturations. Beliz is a Turkish American visual artist working on both sides of the the United States and Mexico border. Live music by DJ özgür and light turkish refreshments will be served.

Register here!

January 15, 2023 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join us for an artist talk featuring Christina Fernandez and Luis Garza moderated by UCR Professor Jennifer Nájera. Free event.

We are currently at capacity. Registration will open back if there are any cancellations.

Christina Fernandez is the subject of an exhibition at UCR ARTS, located less than a mile away from the Riverside Art Museum. “This landmark exhibition surveys the work of Christina Fernandez, the crucially important Los Angeles-based artist who has spent thirty years in a rich exploration of migration, labor, gender, her Mexican-American identity, and the unique capacities of the photographic medium itself. Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures brings together the artist’s most important bodies of works for the first time, allowing audiences to discover the threads that connect them, both formal and conceptual. Through work that spans decades, Fernandez compels us to reconsider history, the border, and the real lives that cross and inhabit them. The exhibition will be accompanied by the first major monographic catalogue of her work, co-published with the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA.”

Luis Garza’s work is currently featured at the Riverside Art Museum. The Other Side of Memory: Luis Garza includes 66 black-and-white silver gelatin prints selected from the extensive archive of his work. Mostly unpublished until now, Garza’s images document his East Los Angeles community during the early 1970s, his South Bronx neighborhood during the 1960s, and his 1971 travels to Budapest, Hungary, for the World Peace Conference where he met Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.

Jennifer R. Nájera is Associate Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside.  Dr. Nájera’s research interests lie at the intersections of race, immigration, and education, and she is committed to producing work that is community-accountable.  She is the author of The Borderlands of Race:  Mexican Segregation in a South Texas Town (University of Texas Press, 2015) and is currently working on a manuscript entitled, Undocumented Education: Intersections of Activism and Education Among Undocumented Students.

January 15, 2023 | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join us for an artist talk and book signing with Sant Khalsa, whose work is featured in the exhibition Western Waters. Free event. To reserve your copy of the book email

Register here!

About the book, CRYSTAL CLEAR || WESTERN WATERS Photographs by Sant Khalsa: Before Flint, before ever-expansive wildfires annually ravaged her home state of California and much of the west coast, yet after the popular introduction of bottled water to the American consciousness in the 1990s, Sant Khalsa discovered a store called Water Shed, and photographed it.

That was the first of what would become her series “Western Waters.” The sixty gelatin-silver photographs, made between 2000 and 2002, depict water stores in Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, and southern Nevada. At that time, Khalsa said: “the photographs will serve in the future as a historical document of either a fleeting fad, or the foundation of what will become commonplace in our society.”

Twenty years have passed since Khalsa completed this photographic project. Bottled water is an over $11 billion dollar industry, yet millions of Americans are daily affected by the lack of access to clean drinking water. The existence of these stores in the early part of the millennium played on human fears and desires—never-ending thirsts—that have become need in a very short period of time.

Khalsa’s framing of these small businesses is an homage to Walker Evans, the seminal influences of Bernd and Hilla Becher, and the typologies of fellow Californian Ed Ruscha—whose words preface the series in the book—while demonstrating a sensitivity to a prescient subject matter that is unique.

SANT KHALSA (b. Sheila Roth, January 3, 1953, New York, New York; currently resides in Joshua Tree, California) is an artist and activist who has lived in Southern California since 1975. Her mindful inquiry into the nature of place is at the root of her life and visual work.

Her photographs, sculptures and installations have been exhibited internationally; her work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Nevada Museum of Art, National Galleries of Scotland, and UCR/California Museum of Photography, and others, in addition to private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Over her esteemed career Khalsa has received fellowships, awards and grants from many significant institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts, California Humanities, California Arts Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In March 2012, she was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Society for Photographic Education’s Insight Award for her significant contributions to the field, and in 2015 received the Society for Photographic Education (west region) Honored Educator award.

Khalsa is Professor of Art, Emerita at California State University, where she served on the art faculty from 1988 to 2018; she is one of the founding faculty of the CSUSB Water Resources Institute research center and archive. She hosts the monthly program Tree Talk: Artists Speak for Trees and is the founding director of the Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts. Her first book, Prana—Life With Trees (Griffith Moon), was published in 2019.

ED RUSCHA (b. 1937, Omaha, Nebraska; lives in Los Angeles) graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts), Los Angeles, in 1960. Although his images are undeniably rooted in the vernacular of a closely observed American reality, his elegantly laconic art speaks to more complex and widespread issues regarding the appearance, feel, and function of the world and our tenuous and transient place within it. In 2012, Ruscha curated “The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas,” at Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Ruscha represented the United States in the 51st Biennale di Venezia in 2005, and was featured in the 2015 Biennale de Lyon’s exhibition, “La Vie Moderne.” Select recent exhibitions include “Ed Ruscha and the Great American West,” De Young Museum, San Francisco (2016); “Music From the Balconies: Ed Ruscha and Los Angeles,” Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2017); “Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire,” The National Gallery of Art, London (2017); and “Word/Play: Prints, Photographs, and Paintings by Ed Ruscha,” Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha (2018). He is represented by Gagosian.

December 10, 2022 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Join us for Las Posada at the Riverside Art Museum! This will be a free event that the whole family can enjoy. We will have tamales, pan dulce, and chocolate Mexicano. You and your loved ones can also enjoy music and entertainment. We’ll see you there!

Sunday, November 13, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Please join us for the opening reception of The Other Side of Memory: Luis C. Garza. This event is free and open to the public.

To RSVP for this event, visit HERE!

Sunday, October 2, 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Please join us for the opening reception of our Fall 2022 Exhibition, featuring June Edmonds Rhythmic Inquisitions, Sant Kahlsa’s Western Waters, and Fred Brashear Jr.’s Endemic Treasurers. RSVP here.

The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum is bringing back its popular Off the Wall fundraiser. This unique event is a great opportunity for new and seasoned collectors alike to purchase original art at affordable prices ($100-$500) that is ready to hang at their home or office.

The event opens with a ticketed reception on Friday, October 7 at 5:30 PM. The sale and exhibition of local artists work continues Saturday, October 8 thru Sunday, October 9 during regular museum hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Opening Reception and Sale

Join us for our Canadian-themed opening on Friday, October 7 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM in memory of Sue Simonin, Art Alliance member, past Off the Wall chair, artist, and Canadian native, who recently passed away. Guests will have access to purchase art on opening night as they enjoy an array of food and sip on a glass of wine or beer.

Become a Sponsor!

Sponsorships include tiered early entry into the gallery to choose your must-buy pieces ahead of the crowd!

  • $1000 Vancouver Sponsor – 5:00 PM entry; includes 6 gala tickets
  • $500 Toronto Sponsor – 5:10 PM entry; includes 4 gala tickets
  • $250 Montreal Sponsor – 5:20 PM entry; includes 2 gala tickets

Other sponsorship benefits include listing of your name and/or logo on our event webpage, and mention in marketing materials and social media as appropriate (anticipated 65,000 brand impressions throughout Riverside County).

All proceeds support the museum’s exhibitions and education programs.

To receive the greatest marketing recognition, we will need to hear from you as soon as possible, but certainly by October 1.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions: Emmanuelle Reynolds at or Valerie Found at

Call for Artists!

Off the Wall returns to the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) this October 2022, with the opening fundraising event the evening of October 7th and the sale continuing through October 9th during museum admission hours. We hope that you will participate again. We look forward to providing you with a great opportunity to exhibit and to sell your work, as well as support the museum.

Off the Wall has been a successful event over the years, even during the Covid-19 pandemic when it was presented online. We look forward to a wonderful exhibit and sale again this October. The Riverside Art Alliance and RAM will market the sale through direct mail, a social media campaign and a press release. We hope you will help promote this event as well.

There are a few important policies that we would like to share with you:

1) We do not guarantee that all/any of your art will be exhibited and/or sold.

2) If you are currently a RAM member, you may submit up to four pieces of original art. All pieces must be priced at $100, $200, $300, $400, or $500 and must be ready to hang with appropriate frames, wires, D-rings etc. (Please note that sawtooth hangers are not compatible with the screws used by our art handlers to install the show). At least one piece must be priced at $100.

3) If you are not currently a member of RAM, you may submit up to two pieces of original art. At least one piece must be priced at $100.

4) No 2-dimensional art piece larger than 60” by 60” will be accepted; no 3-dimensional art work heavier than 20 pounds will be accepted.

5) All art must be original and created by you.

6) Please do not submit work previously offered for sale at past RAM fundraisers such as Off-the-Wall or Get Your Kicks at 6 x 6.

7) Any art not picked up by November 1st will be considered abandoned. At the sole discretion of the museum abandoned art may be sold, donated or otherwise disposed of.

8) As in past years, artists receive 50% of the price of the artwork sold. All payments will be made within 45 days of the sale.

The important dates for you to be aware of are:

Art Intake:

  • Thursday, September 29, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn, Riverside, CA 92501
  • Saturday, October 1, 2022, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn, Riverside, CA 92501

Art Pick Up:

  • Monday, October 10, 2022, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 15, 202, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

For submission forms go to: https://2022OTW_Artist_Submission

If you have questions, please contact Denise Kraemer or Emmanuelle Reynolds

If you are interested in becoming an artist member of RAM, click here.



Pam and Mark Balys

Drs. David and Kathy Bocian

Kathy and Gary Christmas


Selina and Phil Bremenstuhl

Suzy and Gary Clem

Cheryl and Dayton Gilleland

Tami and Steve Maio – Westcoe Realtors

Tiffany North

Betty and Walter Parks

Emmanuelle Reynolds

Simonin Family

Kathy Wright and Dwight Tate


Lorraine and Richard Anderson

Lucile Arntzen

Eileen and Stephen Ashwal

Scott Beloian

Juanita Bigelow

Linda and Ted Boecker

Erin Christmas

Anne and Joseph Deem

Ana Farfan

Patti and David Funder

Suzanne Gray

Debra and Jeff Johnson

Michelle Ouellette

Mark and Brandy Parker

Mesa Fence Co., Inc./ John Cooke

Patricia Reynolds

Marianne Ronay

Camille Sanders ad Tom Powell

Cookie Smith

Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, Louis E. Yeager III

Athena Waite

Madelyn Warner

Eduardo Jimenez

Blacklandia Events Series and the Riverside Art Museum Present June Edmonds and the Legacy of American Abstract Painting with art historian Richard Allen May III and curator Lisa Henry

Saturdays in September 10, 17, 24, and October 1

  • 4:00-5:30 PM – September, 10, 27, 24 via Zoom
  • 2:30-4:00 PM – October 1 an optional in-person meeting at Riverside Art Museum.

Free and open to the public. Register at this link.

This workshop will be team-taught by art historian Richard May III and curator Lisa Henry. 

Coinciding with the Riverside Art Museum’s exhibition of Abstract painter June Edmonds, this four-part workshop will survey the hidden history of American Abstract art. Focusing on the vibrant work of LA based artist June Edmonds, the workshop will give participants a background on American abstract painters with a special focus on women and artists of color like Edmonds who have pursued a path of abstraction with an emphasis on color, pattern and texture to create works of stunning power. 

Each week, both instructors will present brief lectures on specific topics related to abstract art, followed by engaged discussion regarding art appreciation, interpretation and personal identity. Each class will use the works of June Edmonds as a prism for a wider consideration of contemporary abstract painting. A reading list will also be posted for participants that want to delve further into the field.

Richard Allen May III is a scholar, educator, cultural critic, and artist dedicated to the history and contributions of African American artists. He was selected as an editor and had his foreword included in the May 2020 book, AFRICOBRA: Experimental Art Toward a School of Thought by Wadsworth Jarrell and published by Duke University Press.  May has presented his research on African American art at the San Jose State Art History Symposium, the New Critical Perspectives on African American Art History at the David C. Driskell Center in Maryland and the College Art Association’s annual conference in 2010 held in Chicago. Since 2021, he has taught survey courses in art history the Bowie State University, an HBCU (Historically Black College, University) in Maryland. Additionally, as a lecturer for the African American Studies Department for California State University, Fullerton, Cal State San Bernardino and Art Center, he incorporates the study of African American artists in his instruction to students. May has contributed art exhibition reviews, curator profiles, artist interviews and book reviews for Los Angeles-based magazine, Artillery for over six years.   Lisa Henry is an independent curator and educator working in Southern California. She is the curator of Riverside Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition featuring June Edmonds. She has also organized Brenna Youngblood: Lavender Rainbow and Sheila Pree Bright: #1960Now at RAM. She has also curated shows at California African American Museum, The UCLA Hammer Museum and The MAC Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles.

Image: June Edmonds, Two Lillies of Ojai, oil on canvas, courtesy of Katherine Ng and Becky Villasenor

L;VING is a one of a kind live art exhibit that sheds light on our Attitude, Awareness, Relationship, and Transformation (AART) towards mental health.

Beyond showcasing the thought provoking photographic art, dance film, and live performances, L;VING invites the audience to play an active role in suicide prevention.

The day includes a Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention skills certification training, interactive activities, resources and more!

Featuring a special production of Got SOUL written and performed by RAM Fellowship awardee, Khalil Bleux.

Join us in discovering ways to help create life-affirming communities!

Register for the QPR certification training from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. HERE

Register for the afternoon performances of L;VING from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. HERE

Register for the evening special production of GotSOUL written and performed by RAM Fellowship awardee, Khalil Bleux followed by a Q&A from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. HERE

No cost

Please join us for the opening reception of The Weight of Memory and The 52 Project 2021 Exhibitions, plus the artist reception for Are You with Me?

Masks are required to visit the Riverside Art Museum. We are a community space and the health and safety of our visitors, young students, staff, and volunteers must remain our top priority. For now, this means continuing to require our visitors to wear masks. This policy will allow us to offer a safe and welcoming space to families with children who are not currently eligible to be vaccinated as well as to individuals who are unable to get vaccinated. 

For RAM special events (held on or off site) with 60 people and over, proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required. “Fully vaccinated” means the event is at least 14 days after a participant’s final vaccine dose. To enter the event, participants must bring  proof of vaccination, either a physical vaccination card, a picture of a vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record. Most California residents may request a digital vaccination record at Anyone 12 and over without proof of being fully vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (3 days) prior to entering the event. Masks are also required at all times indoors, except when eating, drinking, or actively speaking to a group as part of a presentation for all patrons and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, at the Riverside Art Museum.

Join Mr. Blue in conversation with Agustín Lira, co-founder of El Teatro Campesino and NEA National Heritage Fellow and Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, as he discusses his interactions with César Chávez and his involvement with the Delano Grape Strike and Boycott. Agustín will discuss his life-long dedication to music and Teatro. He will be joined in this discussion of the transformational power of music and the arts with his life partner Patricia Wells Solórzano. This event is organized to celebrate the life of César Chávez whose birthday is March 31. The event will include a virtual birthday cake cutting and readings from essays from previous César Chávez writing contests, traditions organized by those who established Riverside’s César Chávez memorial. 

Register for this free Zoom event by clicking here.

FYI: Don’t miss our special Virtual Artswalk on Thursday, April 1, 6 p.m., on the Riverside Art Museum’s Instagram (@riversideartmuseum), which will also celebrate César Chávez! 

Supported in part by Union Pacific.

$120 per household

Let the good times roll . . . laissez les bon temps rouler!

Please join the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum in indulging in a fun evening to celebrate Mardi Gras (virtually, via Zoom) with a guided wine tasting, a cooking demo of classic N’awlins food, and some art, music, and history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Chris Kern of Forgotten Grapes is our sommelier and he will feature the wines and the winemaker of Shadow Run Vineyards in Paso Robles. Our cooking demo is courtesy of Chef Maree Reed (Chez Rae Chef) who hails from New Orleans.

Join us on Saturday, February 6, starting at 6:30 p.m. Polish your wine glasses and enjoy two bottles of wine (a red and a white that you can’t buy in our local stores, safely delivered to you from Shadow Run) along with a swag bag of New Orleans Mardi Gras lagniappe (a little something extra), recipes, and more. At $120 per household, you can enjoy a great evening and support the Riverside Art Museum!

Deadline to register in time to receive the wine, etc., in time for the Zoom event is Monday, January 25, 2021. We can ship to the contiguous United States. Additional shipping charges may apply to non-Western states after registering.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact: Kathy Bocian at 

Registration is closed to anyone outside of the Riverside, CA, area due to shipping deadlines.

HOWEVER, if you are within Riverside, CA, we have a limited number of tickets available for either pick-up or delivery of the wines. Please email Kathy Bocian at for availability.

by artists Cosme Cordova and Martin Sanchez

UPDATE: For those who cannot visit the altar at the museum, digital submissions will be accepted. Create your papel picado or cempasúchil honoring your lost loved one, take a photo, and tag us on Instagram #theyarepeoplenotnumbers or send to We will then print it and add them to the altar for you.


To commemorate the lives of those lost from COVID-19, the Riverside Art Museum is collaborating with artist and Riverside Day of the Dead organizer Cosme Cordova and Martin Sanchez of Tio’s Tacos to create a ceremonial altar or ofrenda in the front of the museum. The project entitled, “They’re Not Numbers, They’re People,” invites the community to participate October 31–November 7, 2020.

“As we all know, this year has been especially difficult for our community as COVID-19 has taken the lives of many of our relatives, friends, and neighbors,” says Eric Martinez, artist and RAM staff member. “Unfortunately, too many are simply seen as numbers. The community challenged RAM to create a visual display that honors the memories of loved ones lost as people and not just statistics. In response, we outreached to local artists Cosme Cordova and Martin Sanchez to build this community ofrenda.”

The community is invited to participate in the ofrenda by adding items such as a paper cempasúchil, a type of marigold flower native to Mexico, or papel picado (see below for downloadable templates and instructions). 

“An ofrenda is our opportunity to honor our family and friends who have passed, and to hopefully provide them with items necessary for their journey,” adds Martinez. “A chance, possibly, to remind them and ourselves, that we still love them. I hope this can serve as a chance for those of us who have lost loved ones to support one another as well.”

Cempasúchil and Papel Picado Templates

A downloadable template for papel picado designed by RAM staff member Bethany Molyneaux is available by clicking herehere, and here. Community members can add a unique message for their loved one using one of the templates and drawing/writing in the blank spaces, and then bring the papel picado to the museum to place on the altar.

To make a paper cempasúchildownload this template and print out two copies. You’ll also need orange and green crayons, markers, or paints; scissors; and a glue stick. Color the petals orange and the leaves, green. Cut out all the petals and leaves. As you stack the petals from large to small, glue them down at the center of the flower. Then glue the leaves to the underside of the flower.

A video is below on how to make a tissue-paper marigold flower instead, which can also be customized and brought to the ofrenda.

A Preview of and a Fundraiser for The Cheech

LA Originals (Estevan Oriol and Mister Cartoon), January 21, 2021, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $25

Please join Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol—from the documentary LA Originals currently streaming on Netflix—in conversation for our last En Diálogo Zoom on Thursday, January 21, 2021, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Tickets are $25. All funds raised will benefit The Cheech. 

This conversation will be moderated by Emilio Rivera.

Photo of Mister Cartoon by Estevan Oriol.

Click here to register and pay. 

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. Unidos was formed to work together on initiatives that serve us all beyond the valued niche mission of each group.

About Mister Cartoon


Instagram: @misterctoons 

Twitter: @misterctoons

Born in 1969 in Los Angeles and raised in the harbor area, Cartoon graduated high school in San Pedro in 1988.

Mister Cartoon’s expressive style of art is universally recognized and embodies the true soul of Los Angeles street culture. Beginning his career as a graffiti artist in the 1980s, he gained notoriety for his album cover designs, logos, advertisements, custom lowrider car murals, and his one-of-a-kind tattoos.

Mister Cartoon’s richly detailed, hand-rendered designs are inspired by the style of tattoos that originated in the streets of 1970s’ Los Angeles—fine-line Chicano black-and-grey custom tattoo art. Mister Cartoon took this style of tattooing and brought it into mainstream culture; he is known as a pioneer in the tattoo world as one of the first artists to get global notoriety by tattooing celebrities, athletes, musicians, and actors alike.

His tattoos have been commissioned by many icons of the music and film industry from Dr Dre, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Skylar Grey, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Shia Labeouf, Pharrell, Ryan Phillippe, Usher, Kanye West, YG, and Nas, to DJ Premier and Slash. 

His work also adorns professional athletes such as CC Sabathia, Amar’e Stoudemire, Lewis Hamilton, Kobe Bryant, Jonathan Quick, Carlos Boozer, Matt Barnes, Paul Rodriguez, Carl Crawford, and Terry Kennedy, and has come to represent strength, faith, and ferocity on the competition field.

The bonds formed with clients in the tattoo chair have led to some longstanding relationships and unique collaborations. Cartoon’s private tattoo studio, Skid Row Tattoo, has become a cultural landmark all in itself. From Thailand to New York, Japan, and the United Kingdom, Cartoon’s tattoo residencies continue to take his cultural message worldwide. 

Mister Cartoon has partnered with companies such as Microsoft, Nike, Vans, Levis, Supreme, RVCA, Diesel, T-Mobile, Axe, Target, Universal Pictures, and Fox Studios on a variety of successful collaborations.  

He has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall St JournalRolling Stone, Complex, XXLGQ, and many more. 

His work has been an integral part of music culture, producing album art work, logos, and identities for the likes of Shady Records, Eazy-E, Paul Wall, Clipse, Cypress Hill, Wale, Zac Brown Band, and many more.

Cartoon’s custom muraled car collection and art work has been featured internationally from art shows in London and Japan to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. His style and art transcends many artistic mediums. 

Mister Cartoon is continually driven to give back to the community that has supported him. He is able to do this through youth outreach programs and collaborations with organizations that are active in the community. 

About Estevan Oriol


Instagram: @estevanoriol

Facebook: @EstevanOriolPhoto

YouTube: @EstevanOriol

Estevan Oriol is an internationally celebrated professional photographer, director, and urban lifestyle entrepreneur. Beginning his career as a hip-hop club bouncer turned tour manager for popular Los Angeles-based rap groups Cypress Hill and House of Pain, Estevan’s passion for photography developed while traveling the world. With an influential nudge and an old camera from his father, renowned photographer Eriberto Oriol, Estevan began documenting life on the road and established a name for himself amid the emerging hip-hop scene.

Nearly 20 years later, Oriol’s extensive portfolio juxtaposes the glamorous and gritty planes of LA culture, featuring portraits of famous athletes, artists, celebrities, and musicians, as well as Latino, urban, gang, and tattoo culture lifestyles. He has photographed Al Pacino, Robert Dinero, Dennis Hopper, Ryan Gosling, Chloe Moretz, Marissa Miller, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Floyd Mayweather, and others. He has also produced shoots for internationally acclaimed photographers such as Ellen von Unwerth for Sang Bleu and Luca Babini for GQ Italy.

In  addition to shooting campaigns for companies including Cadillac, Nike, and Rockford Fosgate, and directing new media projects for My Cadillac Stories, MetroPCS, MTV, and Apple, Estevan has designed album covers and/or directed music videos for artists including Eminem, Cypress Hill, Blink 182, Snoop Dogg, and Xzibit.

His  work has been showcased in select galleries and institutions—such as Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, Mesa Contemporary Art Center, Petersen Automotive Museum, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los  Angeles’ Art in the Streets exhibit—concluding with best-selling books of his work: LA Woman, L.A. Portraits, and This Is Los Angeles, capturing dangerous gangsters, lowriders, musicians, celebrities, the L.A. lifestyle, and the alluring beauty of women shot in his uniquely provocative and raw style. His photography has been featured in Complex,  FHM, Juxtapoz, GQ, Vibe, Rolling Stone and other publications, with  appearances on popular television shows such as, CNN’s  Anthony Bourdain: UnKnown Parts, CNN’s Street Food: Roy Choi,  HBO’s Entourage, and Last Call With Carson Daly.

About Emilio Rivera

Emilio Rivera is a prime example of how turning one’s life around can make dreams a reality. Growing up in a rough and impoverished neighborhood, Rivera turned to wild and reckless behavior during his teen and young adult years. However, he found discipline and true passion through the art of acting. After years of hard work and perseverance, he has become a well-known name in the industry and his resume continues to grow.  

A few of Emilio’s most notable films include Steven Soderbergh’s award-winning film Traffic and David Ayer’s Street Kings with Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, and Hugh Laurie. Rivera also played Paco the Hitman in Michael Mann’s Collateral, starring opposite Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise. He can be seen in F. Gary Gray’s A Man Apart, starring opposite Vin Diesel, High Crimes opposite Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, and Nick Lyon’s Bullet opposite Danny Trejo. More recently, he could be seen in the blockbuster film Venom and in 3 From Hell, which was released into theaters in September 2019.

Rivera is perhaps best known for playing the starring role of Marcus Alvarez on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, as well as being a series regular on its spin-off, Mayans M.C., which was just picked up for its third season. He has also recurred heavily on the FOX series Gang Related and on Showtime’s Weeds. Emilio also recently wrapped his recurring role on the new hit Netflix series On My Block for a second season. 

Rivera’s hard work and dedication to his career has allowed him to juggle recurring roles on both Amazon’s Hand of God and the SyFy channel’s zombie apocalypse series, Z Nation, where he plays Hector “Escorpion” Alvarez. He recurred on the second season of Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners and in the films 48 Hours to Live with James Maslow and Tommy Flanagan, Badsville opposite Robert Knepper, and Loca with Danay Garcia. In addition, Emilio has begun developing one of his own feature film projects.  

Rivera’s decision to learn from his past and pursue his passion has led to continued success and a promise of more to come in the future.  

Cheech Marin and Einar & Jamex De La Torre

Moderated by Eduardo Díaz, Director of Smithsonian Latino Center

Thursday, October 15, 2020 October 29, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $25 | Please register in advance

We are so pleased to announce that Cheech Marin and artists Einar and Jamex De La Torre will be in conversation via Zoom on Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.! The conversation will be moderated by Eduardo Díaz, Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center. Tickets are $25.

All funds raised will benefit the exhibition and associated publication of Collidoscope: A De La Torre Brothers Retro-Perspective, which will be the inaugural temporary exhibition at The Cheech! This exhibition is organized with the Smithsonian Latino Center and curated by Selene Preciado.

This is a first in 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. Unidos was formed to work together on initiatives that serve us all beyond the valued niche mission of each group.

After registering, on the day of the event, we will email you the link to the event. Please make sure your Zoom name matches the name you used here so we can quickly move you from the waiting room to the event.

Lalo Alcaraz and Gustavo Arellano, November 19, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $25

We are please to announce Lalo Alcaraz and Gustavo Arellano in conversation for our next En Diálogo Zoom on Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Tickets are $25. All funds raised will benefit The Cheech. Registration is now closed. Thank you.

About Lalo Alcaraz 

Lalo Alcaraz is an award-winning visual/media artist and television/film writer. A Los Angeles resident, he has been chronicling the ascendancy of Latinos in the U.S. for over a quarter-century. The busy Chicano artist is the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip La Cucaracha seen in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers nationwide. Alcaraz is founder and Jefe-in-Chief of POCHO, which started out as a Xeroxed zine in the last century and now ranks a leading Latino satire website. A prolific political cartoonist, Lalo is the winner of six Los Angeles Press Club awards for Best Editorial Cartoon. He was an editorial cartoonist for the L.A. Weekly from 1992–2010 and now creates editorial cartoons in English and Spanish for Andrews McMeel Syndication, Daily Kos, and various newspapers, including Philadelphia’s Al Dia News.

His work has appeared on 60 Minutes, CBS News, NBC, Univision, and in hundreds of publications. Lalo’s graphic novel and cartoon books include the New York Times bestseller A Most Imperfect UnionLatino USA: A Cartoon History, 15th Anniversary EditionMigra Mouse: Political Cartoons On Immigration; and La Cucaracha.

Author of the forthcoming graphic history novel, UNIDOS, about the historic civil rights group formerly known as the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS), Lalo is also a highly sought-after Hollywood consultant and producer. 

In 2014 he was a staff writer and producer on the animated Seth MacFarlane-led TV show Bordertown on Fox. He next served as cultural consultant on the Oscar-winning Day of the Dead-themed Pixar movie COCO. Alcaraz was recently cultural consultant, consulting producer, and writer on the animated series The Loud House and now on Nick’s The Casagrandes. Alcaraz is the co-host of KPFK satirical talk show, The Pocho Hour of Power, heard on L.A.’s Pacifica station KPFK 90.7 FM. He is a former illustration faculty member at Otis College of Fine Art & Design in Los Angeles.

He is a graduate of San Diego State University (BA in Art) and UC Berkeley (Master of Architecture). Lalo was born in San Diego, California to Mexican immigrant parents from Sinaloa and Zacatecas.

Website: | Instagram @laloalcaraz1 | Facebook @lacucaracha | Twitter @laloalcaraz

About Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano is a Mexican with glasses con su pluma en su mano who writes pure DESMADRE about everything and is based in Orange County, California.

Arellano is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, covering Southern California everything and a bunch of the West and beyond. He previously worked at OC Weekly, where he was an investigative reporter for 15 years and editor for six, wrote a column called ¡Ask a Mexican!, and is the author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. He’s the child of two Mexican immigrants, one of whom came to this country in the trunk of a Chevy.

Website: | Instagram @gustavo_arellano | Facebook @gustavoarellanowriter | Twitter @GustavoArellano


This is part of 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. Unidos was formed to work together on initiatives that serve us all beyond the valued niche mission of each group.

Registration is now closed. Thank you.

After registering, on the day of the event, we will email you the link to the event. Please make sure your Zoom name matches the name you used here so we can quickly move you from the waiting room to the event.

Cheech Marin and Carlos Santana, December 17, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $25

We are pleased to announce Cheech Marin and Carlos Santana in conversation for our next En Diálogo Zoom on Thursday, December 17, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Tickets are $25. All funds raised will benefit The Cheech. 

This conversation will be moderated by KCSM 91.1 FM Music Director Jesse “Chuy” Varela.

Click here to register.

About Carlos Santana

Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades-from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco-Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.

Long before the category now known as “world music” was named, Santana’s ever-evolving sound was always ahead of its time in its universal appeal, and today registers as ideally in sync with the 21st century’s pan-cultural landscape. And, with a dedication to humanitarian outreach and social activism that parallels his lifelong relationship with music, Carlos Santana is as much an exemplary world citizen as a global music icon.

To date, Santana has won 10 GRAMMY® Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”) as well as three Latin GRAMMY’s. In 1998, the group was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose website notes, “Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock’s true virtuosos and guiding lights.”

Among many other honors, Carlos Santana received Billboard Latin Music Awards’ 2009 Lifetime Achievement honor, and, he was bestowed Billboard’s Century Award in 1996. On December 8, 2013 he was the recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Award. Rolling Stone has also named him #15 on the magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” noting that “Santana’s crystalline tone and clean arcing sustain make him the rare instrumentalist who can be identified in just one note.” And, with the 2014 release of Corazón, Santana surpassed the Rolling Stones and is one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top Ten album for six consecutive decades from the 1960s on.

Carlos executive produced the Peter Bratt-directed documentary film DOLORES, about the life and work of Dolores Huerta, who is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century-and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.

The arc of Santana’s performing and recording career is complemented by a lifelong devotion to social activism and humanitarian causes. The Milagro Foundation, originally established by Carlos Santana and his family in 1998, has granted more than seven million dollars to non-profit programs supporting underserved children and youth in the areas of arts, education and health. Milagro means “miracle,” and the image of children as divine miracles of light and hope-gifts to our lives-is the inspiration behind its name.

—Excerpt from

About Cheech Marin

Best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred duo Cheech and Chong (now on tour), Cheech Marin is a paradox in the world of entertainment. Cheech is an actor, director, writer, musician, art collector, and humanitarian, a man who has enough talent, humor, and intelligence to do just about anything. He is truly a multi-generational star. To this day, Cheech and Chong films remain the number one weekend video rentals, and Cheech is widely acknowledged as a cultural icon. Cheech’s long-awaited memoir entitled Cheech is Not My Real Name…But Don’t Call Me Chong! was released in 2017.

Cheech (real name Richard) Marin was born in South Central Los Angeles and met Tommy Chong in Vancouver, British Columbia as a political refugee. The duo moved back to Los Angeles and proved to be “entertainment gold.” Six of their albums went gold, four were nominated for Grammys, and Los Cochinos won the 1973 Grammy for Best Comedy Recording. The critically acclaimed duo made a fluid transition to films, starring in eight features together.

During his split with Chong, Cheech wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy Born In East L.A. He appeared in over 20 films, including his scene-stealing role in Tin Cup. On television, Cheech was a sitcom regular before joining Don Johnson on the highly successful CBS drama Nash Bridges (1996-2001). He later had a recurring role on the hit NBC show, Lost, and in recent years, he guest-starred on Rob and Jane the VirginThrough his popular Disney Pixar animation film roles (Oliver & CompanyThe Lion KingCars, and more) and as an author of children’s books such as Cheech the School Bus Driver, Cheech is also a favorite with kids and parents around the world.

Cheech is recognized today as a preeminent Chicano art advocate. In the mid-1980s, he began developing what is now arguably the finest private collection of Chicano art. Much of it formed the core of his inaugural exhibition Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, which broke attendance records during its groundbreaking 15‐city tour during 2001‐2007 to major art museums across the United States. He states, “Chicano art is American art. My goal is to bring the term ‘Chicano’ to the forefront of the art world.”

Furthering his goal to introduce Chicano art to a wider audience, Marin has entered a partnership with the City of Riverside and Riverside Art Museum to create The Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture, and Industry. Slated to open in 2021, The Cheech will become the permanent home for his more than 700 works of Chicano art, including paintings, sculptures, and photography; collectively, the most renowned Chicano art collection in the United States.

—Excerpt from

About Jesse “Chuy” Varela

For KCSM 91.1 FM’s Music Director Jesse “Chuy” Varela, music roots have run deep. Currently, Chuy is celebrating 20 years as Music Director at KCSM Jazz 91, the San Francisco Bay Area’s Jazz radio station.

From an early age, Chuy was fascinated by music, playing the guitar in Mexican bands and in the army. He attended Cal State Hayward where he majored in music. But after realizing that music would probably not be a lucrative career, he switched to mass communications where he studied print, television, and radio.

In 1980, Chuy started volunteering at KBBF in Santa Rosa, the first bilingual radio station in the country. From there, he went on to KPFA, first as a volunteer, then as Director of the Public Affairs Dept., and finally as Music Director in the mid-90’s. At KPFA, he produced news-oriented public affairs programming and was awarded a Minority Training Grant by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to study at the Center for Investigative Report in San Francisco and began contributing as a freelance reporter to National Public Radio, Pacifica Network News, and Radio Bilingue.

At KPFA, he also produced cultural arts programming co-hosting La Onda Bajita—Radio Del Barrio, a Chicano collective dedicated to diverting young Raza from violent behavior and enriching cultural pride; Ahora, a community affairs program; and produced numerous special broadcasts.

While at KPFA, he was simultaneously working at KJAZ radio, the pioneer jazz radio station, first as an intern, then as a production assistant and recording engineer, working with Bob Parlocha on “On The Scene”, and with Bud Spangler on “The Turk Murphy Show” and “Sunday Night Suites”. In 1984, he began hosting “The Latin Jazz Show”.

When KJAZ went off the air in 1996, Chuy accepted a Sunday afternoon position at KCSM and introduced Bay Area listeners to “The Latin Jazz Show”. Since then, he has attracted a large and loyal audience who have come to depend on his expertise and sunny disposition. In 2000, he became KCSM’s Music Director and began co-hosting “Jazz in the Afternoon”.

In addition to his shows, Chuy is also a freelance music writer who has contributed liner notes to many albums and reviews to various newspapers and periodicals, including the San Francisco ChronicleSF Bay GuardianThe SF WeeklyEastbay ExpressLatin Beat MagazineNY LatinoJazz Times, among others.


This is part of 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. Unidos was formed to work together on initiatives that serve us all beyond the valued niche mission of each group.

Photo by: Gary Leonard

About Unidos and the En Diálogo Series

Unidos, a group committed to furthering the Chicano Latino Community in Riverside, is launching a series of conversations called “En Diálogo: Unidos Presents | Unveiling Chicano Art and Culture, A Preview of The Cheech.” All proceeds from the conversations will benefit an inaugural exhibition of the work of Einar and Jamex De La Torre at the forthcoming Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum slated to open late Fall 2021. 

“I am grateful to Unidos for their support of The Cheech,” says Cheech Marin. “I’m now a fundraiser for life to ensure the center will continue to advocate for Chicano artists and share the importance of the Chicano school of art. I deeply appreciate all of the work to raise the money that is required to organize and promote programming, operations, and more. 

Since coming together in December 2017, Unidos has raised over $250,000 for The Cheech, specifically for the capital campaign to fund the renovation of the former main library and future home of The Cheech. They had originally planned to raise these funds over three years, but surpassed their goal within one year. Their inaugural gala in September 2018, Celebrando Chicano Art and Culture honoring Cheech Marin and featuring George Lopez and Dolores Huerta, helped them exceed their goal. Since then, they also organized a benefit concert for The Cheech featuring Grammy-nominated Flor de Toloache, along with Victoria La Mala, in January of this year at the Fox Performing Arts Center. 

“Although we had exceeded our pledge and in a much shorter time than expected, our commitment was not just raising the funds, but rather to seeing The Cheech through to its opening date and continuing our support beyond the opening,” says Ninfa Delgado, chairperson of Unidos. “The realization of The Cheech is significant not only in the demonstration and sharing of the history and contributions of the Chicano Latino community in the United States as documented by artists, but we hope that anyone who has ever worked toward giving voice and a presence to those who have struggled against invisibility can identify with what The Cheech will bring. It is more than a museum, and it is for everyone, inviting us all into a movement of inclusivity, understanding, and forward-thinking.” 

After kicking off with the series with Cheech Marin and Einar & Jamex De La Torre, additional events in this virtual series will include Lalo Alcaraz in conversation with Gustavo Arellano on November 19, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., Cheech Marin with Carlos Santana on December 17, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., and LA Originals—Estevan Oriol and Mister Cartoon—on January 21, 2021, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Tickets for these events will be made available soon. Tickets for each conversation are $25.  

“Unidos demonstrates the incredible passion and commitment behind establishing The Cheech,” says Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum. 

Unidos will also be launching an online auction this winter. The auction will feature a limited-edition lithograph from Einar and Jamex De La Torre, an original piece of Cheech fan art autographed by Cheech and from his personal collection, paintings and sculptures and other items. Follow The Cheech or Unidos on social media for announcements. 

Members of Unidos include:

  • California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
  • Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Latino Network
  • LULAC of Riverside Council 3190
  • MR Consulting
  • National Latino Peace Officers Association IE Chapter
  • Orale Press Publishing
  • Riverside Art Museum
  • Spanish Town Heritage Foundation
  • UCR Chicano Latino Alumni
  • UCR Chicano Student Programs
  • Uniko Media Group
  • VFW Villegas Chapter

To learn more about The Cheech, click here.

To learn more about Unidos, click here.


 Thank you to the sponsors:

Moderated by Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”— Arundhati Roy

Design for a Healthier World

Saturday, November 14, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Postponed; new date TBA

Much of what we appreciate today in kitchen and bathroom design originated from past pandemics. Join design insider and journalist Arianne Nardo, architect Greg Fischer, urban planner James Rojas, and RAM curator Todd Wingate in a conversation about the best, worst, and most promising design innovations they’ve seen emerge during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A House Becomes a Home: A look back and forward at the Branch, RAM’s artist-in-residency program

Saturday, December 12, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Postponed; new date TBA

Join RAM’s artist-in-residence Juan Navarro, Councilmember (and Eastside resident) Andy Melendrez, Eastside resident Griselda Martinez, and urban planner James Rojas as they take a look back at the first year of the Branch, an affordable housing artist-in-residency that is a partnership between the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Housing Development Corporation, and the City of Riverside. The panel will discuss how Navarro has worked alongside community members to help make resident-led creative arts project happen. Learn what’s in store for this year and how this model might be adapted in other neighorhoods. 

Registration is required. Registration link coming soon! 

We’ll be adding more Portals conversations, with Charles Bibbs and more, so stay tuned!

Inland Empire Transformations Made Visible: Gina Ferazzi discusses her recent photography with Douglas McCulloh, artist and senior curator at UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

Saturday, October 10, 2020, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Gina Ferazzi grew up in the small New England town of Longmeadow, Mass. She has been a staff photographer with the Los Angeles Times since 1994 and her photos are a part of the staff Pulitzer Prizes for Breaking News in 2016 for the San Bernardino terrorist attack and for the wildfires in 2004. She’s an all-around photographer covering assignments from the Winter Olympics and presidential campaigns to local and national news events. Her video documentaries include stories on black tar heroin, health clinics, women priests, sports features, and marine suicide. Lately, she has spent the past six months documenting how the coronavirus pandemic has affected lives in the Inland Empire. A two-sport scholarship athlete at the University of Maine, Orono, she still holds the record for five goals in one field hockey game. This discussion is in partnership with UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography.  

Click here to register for Inland Empire Transformations Made Visible.

Tell Your Story: The Social and Political Impact of the Mexican Revolution on the United States

Friday, November 20, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. | Free | Registration required

Join us for a discussion on the social and political impact of the Mexican Revolution on the United States. The Mexican Revolution was described as the first great social revolution of the 20th century. We will discuss the political climate of Mexico that lead to the revolution, the wealth disparity between the ruling classes and the masses, the mass exodus of Mexican citizens to the U.S. and the impact that migration had on the social and political climate of Chicano/Mexicano living in the U.S.

This conversation will feature Dr. Irene Sanchez and Ron Gonzalez, moderated by Mr. Blue.

Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Tell Your Story: Chicano Oldies to Souldies

Wednesday, September 16, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. | Free | Registration required

Soul music and oldies have decades of history in Southern California with deep-rooted ties to the Chicano and car-club culture of Southern California. Join Mr Blue of Radio Aztlan and Gabriel Roth AKA Bosco Mann of Daptone/Penrose Records to discuss the explosion of young bands continuing and expanding on the Souldie tradition.

This is organized in celebration of the forthcoming Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum, slated to open in Fall 2021. 

Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Tell Your Story: Chicano Oldies to Souldies, Part 2

Wednesday, October 28, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. | Free | Registration required

By popular demand we are happy to announce a “Part 2” of the conversation with Mr. Blue of Radio Aztlan and Gabriel Roth AKA Bosco Mann of Daptone/Penrose Records about the explosion of young bands continuing and expanding on the Souldie tradition. Soul music and oldies have decades of history in Southern California with deep-rooted ties to the Chicano and car-club culture of Southern California. 

UPDATE! Joey Quiñones of Thee Sinseers will be joining us as a special guest!

UPDATE 2! Singer-songwriter Trish Toledo has also been added!

This is organized in celebration of the forthcoming Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum slated to open in Fall 2021.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Tell Your Story: #1960Now

Wednesday, November 11, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. | Free | Registration required

Join renowned photographic artist Sheila Pree Bright and Inland Empire curator Lisa Henry in conversation about art and the Black Lives Matter movement. Bright’s #1960NOW show will be on exhibit virtually (in person pending lifting of COVID-19 restrictions) at the Riverside Art Museum, November 2020 through March 2021. “Sheila Pree Bright’s striking black-and-white photographs capture the courage and conviction of ’60s elder statesmen and a new generation of activists, offering a powerful reminder that the fight for justice is far from over. #1960Now represents an important new contribution to American protest photography.”

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Other Humanities Hour partners are the Mission Inn Foundation and Inlandia Institute.

Funding for the Riverside Public Library’s Humanities Hour has been provided by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.

Sponsored by the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum

$25 per car

Looking for a new and fun activity to enjoy with friends, family, colleagues, or even a first date? Join the ART Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, September 24–27, 2020.

Entry fee is $25 per car.

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • Goofiest Selfie
  • Super Solo Selfie
  • Fabulous Family Selfie
  • Cutest Couple Selfie
  • Best Overall Selfie

There will also be participation prize drawings.

On September 24, those who have registered beforehand to participate in the ART Scavenger Hunt will be emailed art destination clues taking you all over the beautiful city of Riverside.

HOWEVER, you can still register through the weekend! We’ll email the clues after you register, so you won’t miss out on the fun if you didn’t register before September 24!

You will have until Sunday, September 27, to take selfies at the destinations and post to Instagram using #RivArtHunt and @riversideartalliance. No Instagram account? Photos can also be emailed to

Winners will be announced on the Art Alliance’s social media platforms on Monday, September 28.

Click here to register.

Happy hunting!

featuring Oscar R. Castillo and Luis C. Garza


Free Zoom Event | Registration Required

Join Oscar R. Castillo and Luis C. Garza in conversation about photography and documenting protest. Organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium on August 29, 1970, Castillo and Garza will speak about their personal work to photograph the Chicano civil rights movement and protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Moderated by Judge Jorge Hernandez, the conversation will take place over Zoom on Saturday, August 29, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. (PDT). This is a free event.

Please click here to register.

Top Photo by Luis C. Garza, Students and barrio youth lead protest march, La Marcha por La Justicia, Belvedere Park. January 31, 1971. © Luis C. Garza. Courtesy of the photographer and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

Bottom Photo by Oscar R. Castillo, Activists marching during the National Chicano Moratorium on East Los Angeles on August 29, 1970. © Oscar R. Castillo. Courtesy of the photographer and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

For more info about the Chicano Moratorium, click here.

Free event | Registration required

The last two Augusts, we’ve enjoyed the Pachuco Ball organized by Cultura con Llantas to raise funds for The Cheech. Due to COVID-19, we have to postpone the event this year.

In the spirit of the Pachuco Ball, join Mr. Blue of Radio Aztlan and Dr. Carlos E. Cortés, Professor Emeritus of History at University of California, Riverside, as they talk about the significant history behind the Pachuco Ball.

After the Zoom talk, Mr. Blue will spin Boogie Woogie tunes. 

For those registered for the event, if you’d like to learn more about the Zoot Suit Riots prior to the event, click here.

And check out Mr. Blue’s Homenaje al Pachuco SoundCloud mix, here.

To register for the Zoom, click here.


If you did not get into the Zoom, please join us for future programs to be announced.

To learn more about The Cheech, click here.

To donate to The Cheech, click here (and choose Cultural con Llantas) or text CHEECH to 44321.

About Dr. Carlos E. Cortés

Dr. Carlos E. Cortés is a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Riverside. Since 1990 he has served on the summer faculty of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, while he is also on the faculties of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and the Federal Executive Institute and has served as a Smithsonian Institution public lecturer.

A consultant to many government agencies, school systems, universities, mass media, private businesses, and other organizations, Cortés has lectured widely throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia on the implications of diversity for education, government, business, and media.

Cortés has served as Scholar-in-Residence with Univision Communications and as Creative/Cultural Advisor for Nickelodeon’s Peabody-Award-winning children’s television series, “Dora the Explorer,” and its sequels, “Go, Diego, Go!” and “Dora and Friends: Into the City.” For his Nickelodeon contributions, he received the 2009 NAACP Image Award.

He also travels the country performing his one-person autobiographical play, A Conversation with Alana: One Boy’s Multicultural Rite of Passage. His recent books include The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach about Diversity, The Making—and Remaking—of a Multiculturalist, and his memoir, Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before Its Time. He also edited the four-volume Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia.

Cortés has received numerous honors, including honorary doctorates and awards. While at the University of California, Riverside, he received the campus’ Distinguished Teaching Award, Faculty Public Service Award, and Emeritus Professor of the Year Award. In 2016, the City of Riverside, California, established the annual Carlos E. Cortés Award for community service that fosters inclusivity and diversity.

Zoot Suit, 1978, by Ignacio Gomez. This screenprint on paper is dated 2002 and is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, gifted by Ricardo and Harriett Romo.

No cost

The Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Limits, and Settlement Between the United States of America and the Mexican Republic

A Cultura con Llantas Event

Please join us for a discussion on the “Chicano Birth Certificate”. Dr. Carlos E. Cortés, Professor Emeritus of History at University of California, Riverside, will talk about the meaning and importance of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Protocol of Queretaro, and the annexation of Texas.

About Dr. Carlos E. Cortés

Dr. Carlos E. Cortés is a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Riverside. Since 1990 he has served on the summer faculty of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, while he is also on the faculties of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and the Federal Executive Institute and has served as a Smithsonian Institution public lecturer.

A consultant to many government agencies, school systems, universities, mass media, private businesses, and other organizations, Cortés has lectured widely throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia on the implications of diversity for education, government, business, and media. 

Cortés has served as Scholar-in-Residence with Univision Communications and as Creative/Cultural Advisor for Nickelodeon’s Peabody-Award-winning children’s television series, “Dora the Explorer,” and its sequels, “Go, Diego, Go!” and “Dora and Friends: Into the City.” For his Nickelodeon contributions, he received the 2009 NAACP Image Award.

He also travels the country performing his one-person autobiographical play, A Conversation with Alana: One Boy’s Multicultural Rite of Passage. His recent books include The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach about DiversityThe Making—and Remaking—of a Multiculturalist, and his memoir, Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before Its Time. He also edited the four-volume Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia.

Cortés has received numerous honors, including honorary doctorates and awards. While at the University of California, Riverside, he received the campus’ Distinguished Teaching Award, Faculty Public Service Award, and Emeritus Professor of the Year Award. In 2016, the City of Riverside, California, established the annual Carlos E. Cortés Award for community service that fosters inclusivity and diversity.

We have reached capacity; RSVPs are now closed. First 65 to RSVP for Chicano Art Then and Now will be guaranteed seating; all RSVPs after that will be standing room only.

Latinx Issue Release Party

Thursday, March 5, 6 p.m.–9 p.m., as part of Artswalk @ RAM, No cost

Come celebrate the release of Curious Magazine’s Latinx issue. There will be a showcase of I.E. and L.A. artists and their work on our rooftop, with live music performances by Little Sister, Kiki Diago, Chips, and Barranco. Consumption Collab will be doing a Clothing Swap & Photo Op. Bring three items, take three. $3 to participate.

The Latinx issue features Pável Acevedo, Ray Napoles, Paloma Montoya, William Camargo, Michelle Muñoz, John Taveras, Sismanov Barron, Cindy Ramirez, Laurie Gonzalez, Karen Castillo, Brenda Angel, deaddogbone, Genessis Martinez, Edgar Perez Peña, Joseph Escobar, Abraham Ramirez, Gloria A, Adam Perez, Eliana Urrego, Andrea Gordillo, Sofia Diaz, Edith Jimenez, Consumption Collab, Denise Cortes, Alexis Cortez, Rosemary L’Esprit, Ivan Salinas, Omar Solorio, Michael Palmer-Cervantes, Kassandra Carrettini, Amparo Cortez Chi, Lydiane Batista, Lauren Verdugo, Jesus Romero, and more.

Latinx Identity Zine Workshop and Talk with Curious Publishing Editor-In-Chief Rebecca Ustrell

Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.–noon, All Ages, RSVPs are now closed; materials included, but we encourage you to bring your own printed poems and black & white images

What is a zine? We’ll discuss the origins of the small-circulation magazines called “zines” and how to create small volumes of your own artwork, ideas, and poetry that incorporate themes of Latinx identity. Learn the basics of zine-making construction and layout using the saddle-stitch binding method.

Chicano Art Then and Now

Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.–2 p.m., RSVPs are now closed.

In celebration of The Cheech, the first Chicano art museum in the nation, scheduled to open in Riverside in 2021, join The Arts Area for a discussion on the Chicano art movement, then and now. A panel of Chicanx artists and scholars will consider how the themes and functions of Chicano Art have evolved within this artistic community since the 1960s. What does the movement and art express for the new Chicanx generation today and what is its role in shaping new perceptions of Chicanx identity?

Jennifer Nájera
Erika Hirugami  
William Camargo
Pável Acevedo
Jessica Carrillo


These programs are a part of The Cheech @ RAM series of exhibitions and programming leading to the opening of The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum in 2021. To see more programs like this at The Cheech, please consider a donation by texting CHEECH to 44321. 

No cost; while supplies last

Enter the witty and wild mind of artist Deladeso. Come see the pop-up art installation inspired by his drawings, including selected artwork created by our youth art students. Be a part of the fun with coloring and clay activities. 

No cost as part of First Sundays @ RAM

Please join us for El Día de los Reyes, presented by Cultura Con Llantas. We’ll have tamales, pan dulce, chocolate Mexicano, and Trio Sol de Amores will perform, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

This event is generously sponsored by:

Los Cinco | Luis Aguilar | Richard Carnero

Russell Juarequi | Jorge Hernandez | Luis Lopez

Benefit Concert for The Cheech!

Friday, January 24, 2020, 8 p.m.
at the Fox Performing Arts Center

Tickets available at:

VIP Sponsorship Opportunities listed below 

JUST ADDED: Victoria La MalaOne night only! Latin Grammy winning, New York-based all-female ensemble, and beloved press-darlings Flor de Toloache continue to win the hearts of both progressive and traditional mariachi music fans alike through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated, enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments. The female group’s diverse ethnicities and musical backgrounds have also transcended culture and gender by forging new paths. Like the legendary Love Potion the Toloache flower is used for in Mexico, the ladies of Flor de Toloache cast a spell over their audiences with soaring vocals and physical elegance. The group is led by co-band directors Mireya I. Ramos on violin and Shae Fiol on vihuela. Together, they have graced international stages from Chenai, India, to Paris, France, and have extensively toured the U.S. as the supporting act for Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys’ new project The Arcs, as well as Cafe Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia, and Natalia Lafourcade.  

Brought to you by: 

VIP Sponsorship Opportunities

We have the following event sponsorship opportunities available:


Recognition: Your company’s name on event invitation, event signage, event materials, social media, The Cheech and RAM websites

Hospitality: Speaking opportunity at event, 10 VIP tickets with best seating, VIP Reception before event


Recognition: Your company’s name on event signage, event materials, social media, RAM website

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event, 8 VIP tickets with best seating, VIP Reception before event

$5,000 ADVOCATE:

Recognition: Your company’s name on event signage, event materials, social media, RAM website

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event, 6 VIP tickets with best seating, VIP Reception before event


Recognition: Your company’s name on event signage, event materials

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event, 4 VIP tickets with best seating, VIP Reception before event

$1,000 FRIEND:

Recognition: Your company’s name on event signage, event materials

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event, 2 VIP tickets with best seating, VIP Reception before event


Recognition: Your company’s name on event signage, event materials

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event, 2 VIP tickets with best seating


This event is generously sponsored by:




Latino Network | Assemblymember Jose Medina | Ramirez y Ramirez


Richard Alvarado | Sal Ayala | Bail Hotline | Kathy & Joe Calderon | Steven Figueroa | Carmen Lainez

Tim Maloney | Councilmember Andy Melendrez | Proabition | Pat Reynolds | Michelle Rios

Stream Kim Hicks Wrage & Alfaro, P.C. | Tilden Coil | Ley Yeager

No cost to attend; light refreshments will be available

Location: Gregory Adamson Studio, 2242 Karendale Circle, Riverside, CA 92506

Gregory Adamson needs to “lighten the load” for his big move to the Midwest and that means you will have an unbelievable, one-time-only opportunity to acquire work from his substantial personal archive at amazing prices!

There will be works available spanning nearly 20 years of his career and nothing will be off limits.

And, just as with Off the Wall, a significant portion of the proceeds from every piece sold will benefit RAM.

Come join us for a glass of wine to toast Greg on his next big adventure. Then purchase one or several pieces of his original art for your home or office, or as holiday gifts, while helping Greg lighten the load for his move and raising valuable funds for RAM.

It’s a real win-win-win situation for everyone!

Once-in-a-Lifetime Raffle Opportunity!

Here is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to win the pictured Gregory Adamson painting (at right of flowers in a vase) simply by purchasing a raffle ticket! Greg has NEVER allowed his work to be raffled or be part of silent auctions, so this is a big deal.

Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Proceeds from the raffle tickets will support the Riverside Art Museum; Federal Tax ID #95-1907692. The tickets are not tax deductible. All federal and state laws apply. Winner must be 18 years of age or older. Shipping available within the U.S. Winner’s name may be made public. Winner need not be present to win.

The drawing will be held during the Lighten the Load Art Fundraiser.

Click here to purchase your raffle ticket(s)!

About Gregory Adamson

Gregory Adamson’s art is owned and exhibited by celebrities, broadcasters, politicians, major corporations, public institutions, and private collectors from Hawaii to New York and beyond. His Facing the Music performance painting has entertained audiences across the U.S. and internationally with his paintings raising well over $1 million in cumulative charity auction proceeds and individual paintings selling for as much as $100,000. He has been featured in numerous print publications, radio, and television. His volunteer work with RAM as a teacher, board member, and former interim director spans more than 12 years.

Free for museum members; included in paid general admission

Hear from the women themselves (or their family members) as they share their stories in person for the closing weekend of Badass Women and the Road to the Promised Land.

Come celebrate these remarkable journeys. Enjoy light refreshments and make your own badass bookmark.

The Hispanic Bar Association of the Inland Empire invites you to A Night of Art & Champagne with Cheech Marin.

Join Cheech for a special evening of art, champagne, and conversation! Cheech will share updates about The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum (opening in 2021), which will have a tremendous economic impact on the Inland Empire and elevate our region in the art world. Learn how the renovation project is progressing, what types of programs you can expect to see at The Cheech, and how you can be part of this incredible effort!

Tickets are $100, if purchased before October 31, and $120 thereafter. There are only a limited number of tickets available. 

If you are a teenager (13–19 years old), tickets are $50, if purchased before October 31, and $75 thereafter. You will be asked for ID at check in.

If you are a student (20–25 years old), tickets are $60, if purchased before October 31, and $85 thereafter. You will be asked for current student ID at check in.


For more information, please contact HBAIE members Marie Wood ( or 951-219-4262) or Joe Ortiz ( or 951-826-8291), or Riverside Art Museum Executive Director, Drew Oberjuerge ( or 909-800-6217).

Become a sponsor!

We have the following sponsor levels available:

PRESENTING SPONSOR $15,000 (two still available):

Recognition: Your name on the Founders Wall at The Cheech. Your name on event invitation, event signage, event materials, social media, RAM website.

Hospitality: Speaking opportunity at event. VIP Meet & Greet with Cheech before or after event. 16 tickets to event.


Recognition: Your name on the Founders Wall at The Cheech. Your name on event signage, event materials, social media, and RAM website.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. VIP Meet & Greet with Cheech before or after event. 14 tickets to event.

ADVOCATE $5,500:

Recognition: Your name on the Founders Wall at The Cheech. Your name on event signage, event materials, social media, and RAM website.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. 8 tickets to event.


Recognition: Your name on event signage and event materials.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. 8 tickets to event.

FRIEND $1,000:

Recognition: Your name on event signage and event materials.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. 4 tickets to event.


Recognition: Your name on event signage and event materials.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. 2 tickets to event.

Sponsorship deadline to ensure inclusion in event program: October 31, 2019. Sponsorships are limited.


Advocate Sponsor

Friend Sponsor

Solo Practitioner Sponsor

Christopher Johnson with Reid & Hellyer

Florencio Mendoza

The Art Alliance invites the general public to join them on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. for the following programs:

September 19: Susan Straight and Douglas McCulloh, will discuss their collaboration on Badass Women and the Road to the Promised Land. Susan and Doug find inspiration in each other’s creativity. They have been collaborators for nine years, which has resulted in three RAM exhibits. From 6 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Susan will be autographing her most recent book to be published, her memoir, In the Country of Women, which is the inspiration for the exhibit. The book will be available for purchase.

October 17: Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum, will discuss the Art Alliance’s fundraising and innovative art projects. In Drew’s words: “For more than 50 years, the Riverside Art Alliance has raised much-needed funds for the museum while expanding our mission-driven work. Hear more about how the Art Alliance’s projects have deepened RAM’s impact on the community and how they have helped us forge a brand-identity as an innovative, creative, and important community partner.” 

November 21: Michael Skura, will discuss his exhibition Tendrilswhich opens this evening. An exhibition of blown, molded glass, light, and video mapping, Michael’s show is organized in conjunction with the Riverside Festival of Lights.

Please join us and the artists for the Opening Reception of Inland Ink and Lost in the Andes on Thursday, October 3, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Please join us and the artist, Michael Skura, for the Opening Reception of Tendrils on Thursday, November 21, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

No cost

Join University of California, Riverside, professor of English, Robb Hernández, for an ‘80s flashback party in celebration of his recent book, Archiving an Epidemic: Art, AIDS, and the Queer Chicanx Avant-garde (NYU Press, 2019). Emboldened by the boom in art, fashion, music, and retail culture in 1980s Los Angeles, the iconoclasts of queer Aztlán—as Hernández terms the group of artists who emerged from East LA, Orange County, and other parts of Southern California during this period—developed a new vernacular with which to read the city in bloom. Tracing this important but understudied body of work, Archiving an Epidemic catalogs a queer retelling of the Chicana and Chicano art movement, from its origins in the 1960s, to the AIDS crisis and the destruction it wrought in the 1980s, and onto the remnants and legacies of these artists in the current moment. Hernández offers a vocabulary for this multi-modal avant-garde—one that contests the hetero-masculinity and ocular surveillance visited upon it by the larger Chicanx community, as well as the formally straight conditions of traditional archive-building, museum institutions, and the art world writ large. 

With a focus on works by Mundo Meza (1955–85), Teddy Sandoval (1949–1995), and Joey Terrill (1955– ), and with appearances by Laura Aguilar, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, and even Eddie Murphy, Archiving an Epidemic composes a complex picture of queer Chicanx avant-gardisms questioning not what Chicanx art is, but what it could have been. The event is co-sponsored by the Riverside Art Museum, the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum, and AIDS Health Care Foundation’s Somos LOUD (Latino Outreach and Understanding Division).

No cost

Bring the family to enjoy a warm cup of chocolate mexicano and some arroz con leche while we celebrate our version of the Mexican Festival Las Posadas. Learn about the traditional festival and find a place at the table to make your own star piñata.

No cost

RAM is proud to be participating in the fifth Long Night of Arts & Innovation! For more information about this event, visit

Free admission with downloaded ticket

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. Please visit to download your free ticket.

Take a time out; go on a day trip! They create unexpected memories and are a refreshing cultural experience. Join us on two trips this fall to learn from artists in their studio, see onsite murals, and get in-depth knowledge about their work and what propels them to create. Questions? Please contact Katie Hernandez, RAM Interpretation Coordinator, at

Studio Visits and Outing at the Brewery Art Walk CANCELLED

Saturday, October 26, Bus departs RAM at 8 a.m., $125 (Includes transportation & bus cocktails)

Hop on the bus and let’s see some art! First, we’ll go to Michael Skura’s studio to learn about glass art via a tour and demo. Then we’re off to meet up with Todd Gray. Be warned, you’ll leave with your sides aching from laughter as Todd won’t hold back his vivacious personality as he talks about the making of his 3D pop art sculptures. We’ll end our day exploring the old Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery, which has been converted into over 100 studio lofts for artists. Grab a bite and enjoy a cold adult beverage as you wander the old brewery and are engrossed by artwork at every turn. 

Growing in Coachella Valley CANCELLED

Saturday, November 16, Bus departs RAM at 8 a.m., $175 (Includes transportation, lunch, and bus cocktails)

Away we go to learn about the growing art scene in the Coachella Valley. Armando Lerma will be our tour guide as he talks about his murals as part of Coachella Walls, a community-driven project to revitalize downtown Coachella’s Historic Pueblo Viejo District. This visit is an opportunity to learn about the arts in a neighboring community and hear from artists and partners working to preserve local history. To end our trip, we’ll make a stop in Palm Springs to enjoy a cocktail or two. 

$20, $15 Students (with Valid ID), No cost for museum members

Click here to purchase tickets or to RSVP (for members). (All sales are final. No refunds will be issued.)

Take a seat and maybe bring a notebook; it doesn’t hurt to be prepared while learning from four of the artists featured in Inland Ink as they talk about being working artists, their habits, the quest for art opportunities, and forming partnerships to pursue their creative endeavors. 

Denise Kraemer & C. Matthew Luther: Saturday, October 19, 1 p.m.–2 p.m.

Denise Kraemer

Denise Kraemer of Riverside is a native of the Inland Empire. She served as the Education Curator at the Riverside Art Museum for three years where she organized the adult education programs, monthly lecture series, and member critiques. Kraemer curated the printmaking exhibition Pressed at the Riverside Art Museum and worked with the museum’s “Monothon” workshop and exhibition for four years. Kraemer received her BA in Art from California Baptist University and her MA in Art at California State University, San Bernardino. She is a professor at Riverside Community College and California State University, San Bernardino.

C. Matthew Luther

C. Matthew Luther employs multimedia processes in his studio work from printmaking to video. His work often explores the human relationship to nature and the connection of visual imagery to memory, the subconscious, and its effect.

Born in Virginia, Luther studied printmaking and photography at Southern Oregon University where he received a BFA. Luther received his MFA in Painting/Video from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

After living in Wuhan, China, as Visiting Professor of Art and Design at Hubei University of Technology, Luther moved to California with his wife, Robin, where they keep a home and studio.

His artwork has recently been exhibited at San Diego Mesa College, LAESXLA, and San Pedro Soundpedro, along with international exhibitions in China, Italy, and South Korea. Luther has been a visiting Artist-in-Residence in Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

Luther is a presenter at the 2019 New Media Caucus Symposium at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and currently teaches at Moreno Valley College.

Tim Musso & Pavel Acevedo: Saturday, November 23, 1 p.m.–2 p.m. 

Tim Musso 

Musso grew up in the wild foothills of the Motherlode, just 20 miles from where gold was first discovered in California in 1848. Musso’s childhood was filled with exploring the forests, rivers, and mountains of the Northern Sierra Nevada. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and Printmaking respectively at California State University, Long Beach. 

While Musso enjoys living in the urban environment of Southern California, he finds it important to run to the hills for extended periods of time. In the wilderness, he hikes (~4,000 miles to date), sketches, photographs, and creates rubbings of natural objects. This extensive documentation of the natural world then becomes the reference material for his intricately detailed prints and drawings. 

Musso exhibits his work internationally with works in both museums and private collections.

Pável Acevedo, Oaxaca, Mx (1984)

My formal art studies began at the Rufino Tamayo Plastic Arts Workshop in Oaxaca City while I was an assistant and student of the Lithography studio. In 2006, I enrolled to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in visual arts at La Escuela de Bellas Artes/Fine Arts School of Oaxaca where I studied under the guidance of prolific artists Shinzaburo Takeda and Raul Herrera. During this time, I completed my education by taking workshops with artists such as Isis Rodriguez, Marietta Bernstorff, Inma Coll, and Elvia Esparza. I was also an assistant in the print studios of artist Demian Flores (Taller Grafica Actual) and Alejandro Santiago (Taller la Huella).

In 2010, I moved to Riverside, California, and started getting involved in printmaking projects with a social justice and educational awareness component in communities of color throughout California. In 2015, I opened my printmaking studio by collaborating with “The Desert Triangle Print Carpeta” located provisionally in Riverside. In the last few years, I was commissioned by the Wignall Contemporary Art Museum for a permanent mural, as well as by La Sierra University for a mural for their Art Department, and the City of Riverside for a mural located in Downtown.

I’ve being traveling, giving printmaking workshops around the U.S. in Albuquerque with New Grounds/Remarque Print Shop, as printmaker-in-residence with Horned Toad Printshop guided by Manuel Guerra and KALA Art Institute in Berkeley, California, and, recently, I was included to be a  professional artist by Speedball.

My artwork has been exhibited in different group shows between Mexico and the U.S. in public and private institutions, as well as individually at: Rufino Tamayo Worskhop (Mx); Casa de la Ciudad Oaxaca (Mx); Museo de Los Pintores Oaxaquenos (Mx); Arte Cocodrilo (Mx); Plan B (Mx); Riverside Art Museum (U.S.); Mission Cultural Center (San Francisco, CA); Museum of Art El Paso (U.S.); The Mexic-Arte Museum (U.S.); Comalito Collective (U.S.); and College of the Canyons (U.S.).

Hosted by Barrio Sounds & Mr. Blue from Radio Aztlan | A Cultura Con Llantas Committee Event

The first Vinyl & Rides was a hit, so we’re bringing it back! During Artswalk!

Listen as DJs spin their vinyl 45s on the roof and check out the sweet rides in front of the museum. Drinks/snacks available for purchase.

DJ Lineup:

  • Mr. Blue
  • DJ Guaracha
  • Barrio Sounds
  • Glo’s Oldies
  • Bobby Rendon

RAM Members! Join us for Coffee & Conversation: Pop! on Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m. Artist Todd Gray will be in conversation with Curator Todd Wingate as they talk about the history and importance of Pop Art and how it influences Gray’s work. Join the conversation, partake in some light refreshments, and enjoy the Pop! exhibition.

Please RSVP by emailing or calling us at 951.684.7111.

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.

Friday, August 16, 5 p.m.–8 p.m., $20

Don’t miss this popportunity to watch professional balloon artists paired with amateur teams as they compete to create large-scale art sculptures!

As the teams puff, pinch, and sculpt with their balloon artist pro, you’ll get to create art of your own while enjoying music, food, a no-host bar, and participate in a fantastic raffle! Come see who wins and have a say yourself as there’ll be a People’s Choice awarded as well! Tickets are only $20.

Poppin’ Party, Sunday, August 18, 4 p.m.–5 p.m., $5

What goes up, must get POPPED!

Join us for a champagne (or sparkling cider) toast and balloon-popping extravaganza (ear plugs optional) on Sunday, August 18, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.!

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Want to enter your own team in this competition? See the Team Building Sponsorship below!

Team Building Sponsorship

Want to encourage a creative, collaborative culture at your company? Provide opportunities for your employees to get to know each other better or build bridges across departments?

Pop-a-Balloonza is a fun, unique opportunity for your team members to join with professional balloon artists to create large-scale, one-of-a-kind sculptures inspired by works from the museum’s permanent collection. They’ll collaboratively puff, pinch, and sculpt with the pros to bring their team’s artistic vision to life.

The sculpture-building will begin in the afternoon on Friday, August 16th, with family, friends, and coworkers joining for an early evening Pop-a-Balloonza party with music, food, libations, and hands-on art projects at the museum. Team members and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to drop by on Thursday to meet their balloon pro leaders, learn some simple techniques, and start preparations for their sculptures. PLUS, they can come back on Sunday at 4 p.m. for a Poppin’ Party, complete with champagne and snacks.

Sign up today for this unique, exclusive experience. Bring up to 10 team members for $1,000. Add additional team members for $100 each. Pop-a-Balloonza party tickets for family, friends, and co-workers are $20 per person, and Sunday afternoon Poppin’ Party tickets are $5 per person.

BONUS! In addition to providing your team with an innovative experience, you’ll also be supporting the museum’s mission to inspire, engage, and build community through the arts. We’ll include your company logo on event materials, announce your participation on social media, and include your logo in the next Artifacts newsletter. The sculptures created Friday night will be part of a friendly competition where everyone’s a winner and will be on view for museum visitors to Instagram throughout the weekend. 

Click here to sign up your team!


Prize sponsor: $250. Includes two tickets to Pop-a-Balloonza and two tickets to the Poppin’ Party. And you get to be a judge!

Presenting sponsor: $1500. Includes 10 tickets to Pop-a-Balloonza and 10 tickets to the Poppin’ Party. Your name/company name/logo will be featured as the presenting sponsor of this event in all appropriate media.

FMV of Pop-a-Balloonza tickets is $20 each, $5 each for the Poppin’ Party.

Click here to sponsor!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Team Builder

Prize Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

Special thanks to our partners, QBN So. Cal Balloon Network members:

Theresa Alfonso/Tess’ Touch Balloon Décor/Long Beach

Amanda Armstrong/Top Hat Balloon Werks/Mission Viejo

Carolyn Baker/Total Package Balloons/Los Angeles

Dara Butler/In Awe Event Décor/Greater Los Angeles

Guadalupe Campos/Dream Décor/Bell Gardens

Bridgette Carter/Carter’s Balloons & Candy Creations/Victorville

Brenda Dillion/Dezignz Etc/Gardena

Claudia Gee/Amazing Balloons by Gee/Hawthorne

Denise Hagopian/Heavenly Choice Flowers & Events/Whittier

Charity Hill/Lighter Than Air Balloons/Rancho Santa Margarita

Bertha Johnson/Joy Productions/Rialto

Yvette Mack/Yvette’s Balloon Designs/Pasadena

Carmen Mayo/Elegant Designs by Carmen/Inglewood

Mackie McAllister/Spectacular Events & Décor/Los Angeles

Sylvia McClung/Charming Balloons/Los Angeles

Celini McKinney/Balloons & Party/Capistrano Beach

Kesha Miller/Three C’s/Bev’s Balloons & Flowers/Los Angeles

Melissa Mog/Creative Designs/Anaheim

Sandy Moreno/Hermosa Celebrations/Hermosa Beach

Yadira Noriega/Face Painting & Balloons/Riverside

Elizabeth Peterson/Tip Top Entertainers/City of Orange

Francie Rosen/Balloons Sound Great/Huntington Beach

Leslie Withers/Elite Floral Design/Eastville/Corona

Ja’Net Wyatt/POP! Balloons/Reseda

Linda Zeller/Party Blitz/Simi Valley

Sharon Woolfolk/Begin Again/Palmdale

Rosie Haynes/Ms. Rosies Balloons/Inglewood

Hosted by Barrio Sounds & Mr. Blue from Radio Aztlan

We’ll provide the set up, you bring your LPs and 45s to spin. Contact Lina at to pre-schedule your set time or if you have any questions. $20 for a 30-minute set.


2:00 p.m. Barrio Sounds
2:30 p.m. Tommy De Leon
3:00 p.m. Bobby Rendon
3:30 p.m. Gloria Morales
4:00 p.m. Guaracha~Radio Aztlan
4:30 p.m. Ruben Molina~Southern Soul Spinners
5:00 p.m. Mr Blue~Radio Aztlan
5:30 p.m. DJ Romeo

Want to bring your ride to show off in front of the museum? Contact Rene “Pecas” Camargo at 951.443.7626. We’ve already got 10 beautiful classic cars confirmed.

Special Guest: Ruben Molina from the Southern Soul Spinners will take his turn at 4:30 p.m.

Admission to sit back and enjoy the music and check out the gorgeous cars is free. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. So bring your friends and fam and chill on our rooftop on a firme Sunday.

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:

RSVPs are now closed. We are at capacity. Thank you. Please consider coming to the Opening Reception at 5:30 p.m., if you did not already RSVP for the Book Launch.

Author Susan Straight’s memoir, In the Country of Women, is the inspiration behind our Badass Women and the Road to the Promised Land exhibition. Please join us for the book launch, which will include a talk and book signing, before the opening reception for Badass Women. Books will be available for purchase.

In Inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Once back in Riverside, at driveway barbecues and fish fries with the large, close-knit Sims family, Straight—and eventually her three daughters—heard for decades the stories of Dwayne’s female ancestors. Some women escaped violence in post-slavery Tennessee, some escaped murder in Jim Crow Mississippi, and some fled abusive men. Straight’s mother-in-law, Alberta Sims, is the descendant at the heart of this memoir. Susan’s family, too, reflects the hardship and resilience of women pushing onward—from Switzerland, Canada, and the Colorado Rockies to California.

A Pakistani word, biraderi, is one Straight uses to define a complex system of kinship and clan—those who become your family. An entire community helped raise her daughters. Of her three girls, now grown and working in museums and the entertainment industry, Straight writes, “The daughters of our ancestors carry in their blood at least three continents. We are not about borders. We are about love and survival.” In the Country of Women is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women.

This event is generously sponsored by:

Suzy & Gary Clem

Cati & Lloyd Porter

(Awards announced promptly at 12:30 p.m.)

Please join us as we announce this year’s winners of the 2019 Members’ Exhibition.

Members’ Preview: 5 p.m.–6 p.m., Public Reception: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Please join us for the opening of Pop! | New Work by Todd Gray.

Members! Get in first to see the show and get an artist-led tour of the exhibition.

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.

18700 Lake Perris Drive, Harrison Hall

Presented by Cultura Con Llantas

Dress up to get down! Again! This fundraiser for The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum was a HUGE hit last year so we’re bringing it back! Hundreds of you showed up (many even before doors opened) and stayed for the whole event. What a great night!

Put on by Cultura Con Llantas, the Pachuco Ball will feature live music, food, and drinks, as well as classic cars and lowriders, all at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

UPDATE: The Midnite Cruzzers will be our headliner band for the evening!

UPDATE 2: Also performing this evening is Brittany Nicole Flores! Ruben Molina, from the Southern Soul Spinners, will also be here spinning original 78s.

Make art, win raffles for vintage items, and more!

Tickets are $25 per person, with all proceeds benefiting The Cheech!

Buy your tickets here.

More info can be found on Cultural Con Llantas’ Facebook and Instagram.


Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions about the Pachuco Ball!

Q: Do we need to dress up?
A: If you’ve got a zoot suit, do you really need a better excuse to wear it than to go to a Pachuco Ball? But if you don’t, you can still hang with us. Just come dressed to dance and have a great time!

Q: Do we have to pay for parking?
A: No. We got you covered.

Q: Is there a secure parking area if I bring my lowrider or classic car?
A: Indeed. There will be a secure and designated area for your sweet ride. For more info, contact Anita Gonzales: 951-255-1342, Rene “Pecas” Camargo: 951-550-9801, or Mr Blue: 951-204-6613.

Q: It’s August. In Lake Perris. Is the event happening inside? Is there A/C?
A: We wouldn’t leave you out in the heat. Yes, the Pachuco Ball is indoors inside Harrison Hall, WITH A/C! The only way you’re going to break a sweat is if you dance . . . and you better dance.

Q: What’s included in the $25?
A: Admission to the Pachuco Ball, where you’ll dance the night away. Parking. Amazing classic rides to swoon over. Appetizers from 6–8 p.m.

Q: Will there be a bar?
A: Yes, there’s a no-host bar!

Q: Will tickets be sold at the door?
A: Yes! …if we haven’t sold out yet…

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Rosa Elena Sahagun, Atty at Law

Ofelia Valdez-Yeager

Ride N Pride Car Club Sur Califas