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April 2, 2014

Riverside Art Make: Exploring Art and Community Engagement April 1 - May 17

Written by  Carolyn Schutten
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Riverside Art Make: Exploring Art and Community Engagement April 1 - May 17 RAM

In Riverside, ART MATTERS.

It engages, inspires, and builds community.

The Riverside Art Make.

Make art. Make community.

FREE to the public.

Curatorial Statement for the Riverside Art Make

by Carolyn Schutten

Riverside Art Make: Exploring Art and Community Engagement

This spring, the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is taking to the streets and coming to a neighborhood near you. Supported by a generous grant from the James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund for Priority Regions and a City of Riverside Arts and Culture Grant, the Riverside Art Make is a groundbreaking program that seeks to engage the Riverside community in a flurry of art-making happenings throughout the city in 2014 and in 2015. RAM has identified four neighborhoods that have been underserved by the museum to serve as sites for Riverside Art Make happenings: La Sierra, Magnolia, Eastside, and Orangecrest. All programming will take place in non-traditional venues – a farmer’s market, public parks, and a shopping center. Happenings are free and designed to engage participants of all ages and ethnicities, from all cultures, and regardless of economic backgrounds in a wide range of art-making activities. RAM joins prestigious museums across the world in the forward-thinking trend toward a participatory museum experience. Through recent explorations in civic engagement, RAM is helping to lead the way to ever more innovative, sophisticated art experiences in the City of Arts and Innovation.

The idea for art “happenings” stems from art historical happenings that are part performance and part improvisation, and driven by audience participation and aspects of everyday life. Happenings open up opportunities for community interaction and confront conventional notions of art. At Riverside Art Make happenings, participants will not only learn to make art to take home, they will collaborate to create community art pieces, discover alternative ways of perceiving art, explore social and art-making circles within the community, and help RAM stake out new terrain for museum-goers. It is our hope that the Riverside Art Make will foster new, long-lasting relationships with Riverside neighborhoods and get residents excited about visiting the Riverside Art Museum.

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Special thanks to our conference host, Copper Mountain College!




Drs. Ernest & Dorothy Garcia


Arts Sustainers

Randy Polumbo

KOA Corporation Planning & Engineering

San Bernardino Art Association

The Ranch Projects Publishing

Joshua Tree Music Festival


Arts Advocates

Paulson Orthodontics

Mojave Desert Land Trust

Cultural Planning Group

Gruen Associates

The Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

The Ontario Museum of History and Art

The Community Foundation

The Noah Purifoy Foundation

Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology

Pappy & Harriets

Bobby Furst 

The Joshua Tree Inn


Arts Friends

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR)

Chaffey College, School of Visual & Performing Arts

High Desert Test Sites

Elwood & Associates

Inlandia Institute


Special thanks to Copper Mountain College for our hosting the conference this year!









The Garcia Center for the Arts
536 W. 11th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Tel: 909.381.1900

mailing address:

5500 University Parkway
Visual Arts Building, Rm. 308
San Bernardino, CA 92407

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