There is a River Here Environmental Art Installation Debut

Martha McLean-Anza Narrows Park: 5759 Jurupa Ave. Riverside, CA 92504

We will meet at the path at the north parking lot at the end of the park next to the Santa Ana River Trail. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes and don’t forget you’re sunscreen, hat, and eco-friendly water bottle!

Stay after the river cleanup to enjoy the debut of There is a River Here, an environmental textile art project curated by Carolyn Schutten and facilitated by textile artists Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn, and co-created with the community. Patricia Locke Dawson of the Santa Ana River Trust will be on hand to talk about the revitalization of the Santa Ana River. This project addresses graffiti issues by the river and integrates the yarn bombing of several boulders in order to create an ephemeral river of blue in the natural landscape. There will also be a performative experience led by Crystal Sepúlveda’ called “the river knows – dancing with the Santa Ana River”.

If you would like to help create the textiles to temporarily cover the graffiti-covered boulders, please donate knitted or crocheted blankets or sweaters in shades of blue to the Riverside Art Museum, or join us at RAM for one or both of our Community Crochet Circles on September 24 and October 22, 12 noon – 3 p.m.

If you want to volunteer to help install the art project, come at 6 a.m., stay for the river clean up, then enjoy the debut that YOU helped with.