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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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