March 20, 2021
Dear RAC Community,
When is Richmond Art Center going to reopen? This is the question I am hearing daily. And I love the enthusiasm folks have to return to in-person classes, exhibitions and events! But please be patient. While many people are vaccinated, we are still in the midst of a pandemic. At RAC we are moving carefully and cautiously in developing reopening plans that are in alignment with Contra Costa County health orders, and that prioritize staff and student safety. More information about the reopening of RAC’s facility will be available later in spring.
In the meantime we encourage everyone to continue to engage with our programming virtually. The Spring 2021 Class Catalog features some amazing new classes and workshops, including Mexican Tin Art, Hand-building Functional Forms in Porcelain, and Character Design for Picture Books.
We are also excited to launch this month the 55th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show. Presented as an online exhibition for the first time, this show offers an insightful visual record of how teachers and students found creative ways for arts learning and expression within the online classroom over the past twelve months.
And don’t forget Art of the African Diaspora is much bigger than Black History Month! Guest speaker events, free workshops and satellite exhibitions will continue through May 2021.
Artwork: Jeannette Kortz, Glen Alin High Sierra Camp in Yosemite, 2020
Richmond artist Kortz says of creating new work while sheltering-in: “I love to paint and draw outdoor scenes because I have hiked in these places, and since I’m stuck here at home, it brings me back to when I was out in nature enjoying clean air, beautiful scenery, bird songs, and an occasional spotting of marmots, squirrels, and even bears… Every human being needs nature to nourish their soul.”