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ART. IN. RICHMOND. | With Love… Issue 24

A Showcase of Richmond Art | Richmond Artists Speak | Summer Mural Class for Richmond Youth
Summer Photography Class for Richmond Youth | Seeking Past Students of Robert Benin

A Showcase of Richmond Art

Spoken Word. Dance. Music. Art. Movement.

Online Event: Friday, June 25, 3:30pm-5pm PST

In collaboration Richmond organizations NIAD, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond Art Center, and RYSE bring you Out of the Mouths of Beings, hosted by Richmond’s own Youth Poet Laureate, Sheila McKinney!

Kick off summer right and enjoy the abundance of creativity Richmond has to offer!

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Richmond Artists Speak

End in Sight
Three Artists’ Bittersweet Journey Through a Pandemic

Online Artists’ Talk: Thursday, June 24, 7-8pm PST

Three artists – Elishes Cavness, Tiffany Conway and Marva – will discuss their journey through the Covid-19 pandemic in a special online artists talk on Thursday, June 24, 7pm to 8pm. These three Richmond artists have studios very close to each other, and over the past eighteen months have developed a special bond. As Cavness says, “We are a unique three. We’ve supported each other. We’ve been in contact. We created a community of three.”

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Summer Mural Class for Richmond Youth

Muralism, Actions, and Community Activations

In-Person Mural Class for Richmond Youth
Class starts Tuesday, July 6

Learn how public art is a powerful tool for community building while creating a mural at Richmond Art Center this summer with artist Fred Alvarado. Students will learn basic color theory, composition, and painting methods.

This class welcomes Spanish speakers and is an inclusive bilingual space. El Artista Maestro habla Español.

Image: Community mural by Fred Alvarado

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Summer Photography Class for Richmond Youth

Calling All Aspiring Photographers!

Online Photography Class for High School Youth in Richmond
Class starts Wednesday, July 21

Would you like to be paid to develop your photography skills this summer? Richmond Art Center is working with esteemed artist Simone Bailey to offer an online summer photography intensive for high school students in Richmond. Students in the class will receive a DSLR Camera (Canon EOS Rebel T7), stipend for their time, prints of work developed in class, and opportunity to exhibit photos in an exhibition at Richmond Art Center. Apply today, space is limited!

Image: Photograph by a student in a RAC photography class from the 1970s. See the bottom of this newsletter for more information.

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Seeking Past Students of Robert Benin

Did you take an afterschool photography class at RAC in the 1970s?

We would love to hear from you! Contact Amy Spencer, 510.620.6772

We recently discovered a trove of black and white photographs taken by youth at Richmond Art Center and Shields-Reid Community Center in the early 1970s. These works were created in an after school class taught by Richmond photographer Robert Benin. We’ll be sharing these more of these photos online and around the community this summer as we try to identify the photographers and their models.

Top and bottom banners show a detail of Tom Marioni’s work Birds in Flight from 1969. Curator Shaelyn Hanes recently interviewed Marioni to discuss the 50th anniversary of his work at Richmond Art Center.

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