Weekend Update: Cinco de Mayo!
The Richmond Art Center represented this weekend as part of the Cinco de Mayo Parade on Saturday, and the Cinco de Mayo Festival on 23rd Street on Sunday. Our Art in the Community staff supported the families who took part in the float parade. This partnership between the Richmond Art Center, The Latina Center and the Richmond High School was made possible through the generosity of the City of Richmond’s Neighborhood Public Art program and the San Pablo Koshland Fellows.
The goals of both float design classes included involving teens, their parents and their siblings in civic efforts, to encourage them to learn about the Peace and Unity Parade’s history, and to teach the to take an art idea through the entire design process. The colorful floats were created with recyclables and carried conservation and social messaging designed by families from San Pablo and Richmond. The Latino Spanish-speaking families attended a free, eight week float design class taught by Richmond Art Center teaching artists Patricia Rodriguez and Simon Tran, who are part of the Art in the Community program.
On Sunday, the day when the 23rd St Merchant’s Association organized their 5 de Mayo parade, our Studio program staff was on hand with several volunteers to help hundreds of parade goers to learn more about the Center. Those who stopped by our spacious booth were rewarded with an art-making activity, picked up promotional materials about the work of the Richmond Art Center and even filled out scholarship applications. It was a warm day, full of fun and adventure at the corner of 23rd and Garvin streets!