Join artist, writer, and scholar Richard Allen May in conversation with artist Charles Bibbs highlighting the principles and views on art making and entrepreneurship. They will be tracing back Bibbs unique routes into artist independence.

Art 2000 is a non-profit visual art association founded by Bibbs encouraging artists and art patrons alike to further engage in the arts. Artists are invited to learn skills that lead towards becoming financially independent and making art more affordable. Through Bibbs encouraging journey artists will hear about principles that nurtured a period of collectors

Due to limited capacity, RSVP here

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

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

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

Complete list of participating organizations, here.

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

Pictured: Charles Bibbs™ The Gift 4. Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Panel Discussion: Charles A. Bibbs, Kathleen A. Wilson, and Kenneth Gatewood

Moderated by Richard Allen May

February 18, 2024 at 2pm

Renowned artist Charles will be in discussion with longtime friends and artists Kathleen A. Wilson and Kenneth Gatewood. Contemporary black art from artists who are innovating new ways of being entrepreneurial artists.

Artist, Writer, and Professor Richard Allen May will moderate and navigate the discussions from the historical context into present day.

Location: Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building), Members Gallery

Event is free. Please RSVP, capacity is limited.

Thank you for supporting Riverside Art Museum exhibition Sacred Spaces: The Work and Collection of Charles Bibbs™

Pictured: Charles Bibbs™. The Keeper. Courtesy of the artist.

Organized by the curators of Xican-a.o.x Body, this symposium explores networks of affectivity, collectivity, and new forms of existence that have expanded the social, cultural, traditional, and political ways of Xicanx life.

We will consider how solidarity and sense of belonging highlight beauty and ingenuity as well as countering and resisting state and gender violence, militarized deportation, structural inequality, marginalization, racism, classism, and stereotyping.

At this symposium, we will discuss how this has led to the systematic erasure of the contribution of Xicanx artists, such as their participation in the history of Pop Art, which encompasses unique expressions that incorporate popular and street culture, the critique of consumer culture, and political critique.


Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

Welcome by María Esther Fernández, Artistic Director, The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

“Circles and Nexus: From the Barrio to the Gallery” with moderator and curator Marissa Del Toro and artists Sebastian Hernandez, Gabriela Muñoz, Gabriela Ruiz and Shizu Saldamando.

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

“Consumption and Revulsion: Xicano Pop” with moderator and curator Gilbert Vicario, artists Justin Favela, Alfonso Gonzalez, Jr. and artist Tamara Santibañez.

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

“Violent Histories/Defiant Futurities through Aesthetic Modes” with moderator and curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and artists Isabel Castro, María Gaspar and Ken Gonzales-Day.

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition Catalog Release and Signing of Xican-a.o.x. Body

Space is limited, RSVP here

Image: Maria Gaspar, Disappearance Suit (Captiva, FL), 2018. Photograph 24 x 36 in. Courtesy of the artist

The Riverside Art Alliance invites you to attend a special presentation with artist Katherine Gray.

Social hour from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Artist presentation from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Gray received her undergraduate degree from Ontario College of Art in Toronto, and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Her work has been exhibited at Heller Gallery in New York City, Urban Glass in New York, and most recently in solo shows at the Craft Contemporary (formerly the Craft and Folk Art Museum) in Los Angeles and the Toledo Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in the New York, and in the LA Times. Images of her glasswork have also appeared in the New York Times Design magazine.

In 2017, she was the recipient of the Libenský/ Brychtová Award from the Pilchuck Glass School for her artistic and educational contributions to the field; she has also been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Craft Council and is a Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass. Gray can be seen in the ongoing Netflix series Blown Away as the Resident Evaluator. Her work can be found in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Asheville Museum of Art and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, among others. Gray has written about glass, curated and juried multiple exhibitions, and has taught workshops around the world.

Currently, she lives in Los Angeles, CA, and is a Professor of Art at California State University, San Bernardino.

No RSVP required; limited guest capacity in The Cheech Auditorium

Join poet Juan Delgado and photographer Thomas McGovern as they walk visitors through their exhibition while discussing their 10-year creative collaborations.

Major themes of their work include culture and communities of inland California, swapmeets, murals and local signage.

September 23: 1 pm – 3 pm. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Artist talk will take place at Riverside Art Museum on the 2nd floor in the Powell and DeVean galleries.

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

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

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



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

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Cultura Con Llantas

Los Cinco

Latino Network

April 30, 2023

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Art Talk

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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.

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

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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 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

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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.

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.

Join us for an exciting artist talk with artist, Beatriz Cortez in conversation with Collidoscope guest curator, Selene Preciado.

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 6:30-8:00 P.M. in The Cheech Auditorium.

Register here!

Artist Bio:

Beatriz Cortez is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in El Salvador and based in Los Angeles. Her work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities and versions of modernity, the untimely, and speculative imaginaries of the future. She has had solo exhibitions and has participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has received numerous awards, including the Borderlands Fellowship by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School and ASU (2022-2024); Atelier Calder Artist Residency in Saché, France (2022); California Studio Manetti Shrem Artist Residency at UC Davis (2022); Longenecker-Roth Artist Residency at UCSD (2021); Artadia Los Angeles Award (2020); Frieze LIFEWTR Inaugural Sculpture Prize (2019); Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2018); and California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2016), among others. Cortez holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and a doctorate from Arizona State University. She teaches in the Department of Central American and Transborder Studies at California State University, Northridge.

Photo credit: Beatriz Cortez, Glacial Erratic, 2020. Steel. Installation view at ICA San Diego, North Campus. Courtesy of the artist.

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

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

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

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

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

Moderator: Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash

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

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

Moderator: Jose “Dr. Loco” Cuellar

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

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

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

About Our Auction

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

No Cost

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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:

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.

Give BIG Riverside County is a 24-hour web-a-thon that raises much needed funds for local nonprofits. 

Presented by The Community Foundation, the third annual Give BIG campaign is scheduled for November 13, 2014. 

Give BIG Riverside County leverages the growing trend of 24-hour online giving days, existing social media, and superior web-based fundraising technology to attract much needed attention to the important work of our local nonprofits.

Within the past two years, Our Give BIG events have raised over $1 million dollars for Riverside and San Bernardino County charities serving our area! The event introduces philanthropy to the community in a fresh way, gains attention of people who have never given before, and builds the capacity of nonprofits to attract new and younger donors. 

On Thursday, November 13, donate to your favorite non-profits. We hope you’ll remember RAM and support the arts!

Consider pre-scheduling your $10 (or more) donation to the Riverside Art Museum by clicking here RIGHT NOW! Thank you ahead of time!!!