The California Arts Council has awarded the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) a near $10,000 grant in support of its Artists in Communities program.
Many perceive artists as pivotal to healthy communities. In addition, the arts are seen as a societal cornerstone that brings people together, builds community and fosters social progress. The Artists in Communities program supports artistic residencies by centralizing artists and their artistic processes as vehicles for community vitality.
Every project funded as part of this program will be artist-driven and designed to engage community members as active participants. This year, RAM plans to involve the diverse residents of Riverside’s Eastside neighborhood through planning workshops and hands-on art-making experiences.
This year’s experiences will be facilitated by local artist Juan Navarro, in collaboration with the Eastside Heal Zone. Through his creative vision and in conversation with the community, the artist will facilitate large-scale art installations to activate under-utilized public spaces in Eastside neighborhoods.
“We are so grateful for this funding to continue our work with residents of the Eastside, alongside our great partner Eastside Heal Zone,” said RAM Executive Director, Drew Oberjuerge. “This work is one of the most inspiring and exciting mission-driven programs we have the privilege to do.”
The Chair of the California Arts Council, Nashormeh Lindo, also commented on this year’s award to RAM stating, “When artists and community come together, powerful ideas are forged. They create a symbiotic relationship, where each engages and inspires the other toward a common purpose.”
Lindo also expressed her belief that the partnership between RAM and Navarro established through this project will be an invaluable asset to the Eastside neighborhood. RAM is only one of the 71 grantees chosen for the Artists in Communities program this year.