Portals: A Series of Conversations About Being Between One World . . . and the Next

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.