Issue 1: With Love…
Welcome to Richmond Art Center’s new e-newsletter, With Love… . Through this publication we’ll share art and ideas for creating together to help folks adapt, innovate and make meaning during shelter-in-place.
Artists Who Teach: Vida Vazquez | Online Project: Jos Sances Under Shelter | Picasso Self-Portraits | COVID-19 Community & Arts Resources | RAC Renewal Fund
Artists Who Teach
Meet Teaching Artist Vida Vazquez!
This week we’re highlighting beloved teaching artist Vida Vazquez. Vida believes in big earrings, celebrating authenticity, and encouraging boldness through vibrant handmade jewelry, wearables, and art for the home.
Vida teaches after-school in RAC’s offsite community program, and for the past two years has played a vital role in launching a fashion design class at Kennedy High school.
Vida’s work explores themes of femininity, spirituality and joy. Working in materials including polymer clay, gemstones, fibers, and reworked vintage, Vida creates her work by hand in her Oakland studio. Recently Vida was featured in a KQED Arts editorial “rethinking what it means to be creative” during shelter-in-place.
Online Project Space
Under Shelter: Jos Sances
In response to the multitude of ideas and new forms of creative expression we see artists tackling as they shelter-in-place we’re highlighting new projects that represent how artists are adapting, responding and imagining during this period of self-isolation.
The first iteration of this series features a new video by Jos Sances showing the intersection of the COVID-19 outbreak with his ongoing investigation into the environmental crisis.
See and Make Art
Teaching artist Jocelyn Jones has created this fun and accessible online art instructable to teach you how to create your own self-portrait in the style of Pablo Picasso.
Some Useful Links for Artists and the Community
Follow RAC on Facebook or Instagram and visit our COVID-19 Resources webpage for more information. This week resources we are highlighting are:
- Contra Costa residents can now make an appointment for free COVID-19 testing at one of four drive-through sites. The sites are available to anyone regardless of insurance.
- Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund (rolling application) – Donate or Apply
- Lastly, on this May Day 2020… One Fair Wage Emergency Fund – Support or Apply
Support Our Future
At this time we need your help.
The Richmond Art Center Renewal Fund hopes to raise $300,000 over the next few months.
Your support at this crucial time will help cover the loss of income we have already experienced when we were forced to suspend our onsite and community programming on March 16, 2020. Please consider making a contribution today to the Richmond Art Center Renewal Fund to safeguard our future.
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