September 30, 2020
Dear RAC Community,
These are difficult times. As we deal with multiple crises – the Covid-19 global pandemic, systemic racism and the war on Black lives, and now fires raging across California and smoke choking our communities – it is a challenge to find ways to move forward. But we honor that artists play a critical role in challenging the status quo, fighting for justice, and offering comfort and joy in these times of ongoing crisis.
In this spirit, over the summer RAC launched Art Lives Here; a series of special projects designed to support artist’s work while finding new ways to connect and make meaning with community through art. We deeply thank the artists who participated: AGANA, Lauren Ari, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Marisa Burman, Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez, Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, and Liberación Gráfica. (See their inspiring projects online here.)
We encourage you to stay creative too! While RAC’s facility remains temporarily closed, staff have been busy working to create our online Fall Art Classes catalog. In this catalog you will find favorite classes now online, as well as new opportunities for tactile learning, critical forms of expression and engagement through art.
It has been a unique experience to start my tenure as Executive Director at RAC during shelter-in-place. At this point it seems unlikely we will be able to safely re-open our facility this year. However, RAC isn’t going anywhere. We remain committed to our programs and our community. And I look forward to the day – hopefully in the near future – when we can throw open our doors and welcome everyone back in person. Until then…
Wishing you care and creativity,
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.”