Richmond Art Center
Richmond Art Center

Current Members are invited to vote to elect new Board Members at our Annual Members Meeting

Current Members are invited to vote to elect new Board Members at our Annual Members Meeting

At the Annual Members’ Meeting meeting there will be a ballot to elect new members to the Board of Directors. There will also be a vote to make amendments to Richmond Art Center’s By-Laws. All current Richmond Art Center members are invited to vote. The meeting will happen at Richmond Art Center on Saturday, June 29, 2024 starting at 12pm.


Richmond Art Center’s Nominating Committee and Board of Directors have nominated each of the following seven people for a three-year term on Richmond Art Center’s Board of Directors, beginning July 1, 2024. Biographical information is available HERE. You may vote for up to seven candidates.

  • Amy Feitelberg
  • Amy Zheng
  • Cristina Saavedra
  • Dawn Gonzalez
  • Sandra Kozma-Kennedy
  • Tia Foss


At the meeting there will also be a vote to make amendments to Richmond Art Center’s By-Laws. The proposed amendments are HERE.

Richmond Derivations – Call for contributions

Richmond Derivations – Call for contributions

Artist Quinn Keck is collecting words, stories, poems, and images for a project that will be part of the Right Here Right Now exhibition opening at Richmond Art Center in September 2024. Community members are invited to submit their memories and moments of Richmond to their new artwork that will be part of the show. 

Important Parking Notification during RPAL’s Juneteenth Carnival

Important Parking Notification during RPAL’s Juneteenth Carnival

RPAL’s Juneteenth Carnival

Set-Up through Deinstall: Monday, June 9, 12am (midnight) – Monday, June 17, 5pm

Carnival: Friday, June 14, 5pm – Sunday, June 16, 11pm

Starting Sunday, June 9 at 12am (midnight) through Monday, June 17, 5pm the City parking lot opposite Richmond Art Center (on the 400 block of 25th Street between Barrett and Nevin Avenues) will be reserved for the Juneteenth Carnival being sponsored by the Richmond Police Activities League. As a result students and visitors to Richmond Art Center during this period may need to find alternative parking.


  • There are City parking lots adjacent to 1st Northern California Credit Union or across from Richmond Library
  • Residential street parking on the other side of Barrett Avenue from RAC might be the best option

For information about the Juneteenth Carnival Celebration call Richmond PAL at 510-621-1221 or visit their website at

Bravo to the WCCUSD students honored with Artistic Achievement Awards!

WCCUSD Student Artistic Achievement Awards

Congratulations to the students who won Artistic Achievement Awards for their artwork in the 58th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show!


  • Adrian Salmoran, Richmond High School
  • Rose Yerian, Pinole Valley High School
  • Valeria Rodriguez, John F. Kennedy High School
  • Quin Savage, Pinole Valley High School
  • Jose Guzman, De Anza High School
  • Ira Quimora, De Anza High School
  • Tyson Williams, El Cerrito High School
  • Meghan Reisbord, El Cerrito High School
  • Lourdes Mendoza Ramos, John F. Kennedy High School
  • Caylee Patterson, Betty Reid Soskin Middle School


  • Jirah Jabla, Montalvin K-8
  • Suzie Rassinoux, Fred T. Korematsu Middle School
  • Ronard Abesamis, El Cerrito High School
  • Raheru Allen, Hercules High School
  • Dani Hermosillo, DeJean Middle School
  • Lydia Icabalceta, Vista High School
  • Brian Perez, Helms Middle School
  • Gorety Valdivia Gomez, El Cerrito High School
  • Ashley Belen Torres, Pinole Valley High School
  • Liana Soriano, Pinole Valley High School

Top image: Lourdes Mendoza Ramos, Untitled, Watercolor and ink, John F. Kennedy High School

10 days left to apply! Richmond Artist Residency

10 days left to apply! Richmond Artist Residency

The Richmond Artist Residency offers one community-responsive artist a dedicated studio for 8 months, $8,000 artist stipend, opportunities to teach, exhibit, take classes, and develop strategies for community-based arts programming.

Inspired by Toshiko Takaezu

Inspired by Toshiko Takaezu

Last week in the “Women in Ceramics” class, students drew inspiration from the renowned artist Toshiko Takaezu. They created hollow orbs using Takaezu’s technique of paddling large closed-form pots until they achieved a “rounder than round” shape.

Further emulating Takaezu’s approach, the students then suspended their work in hammocks outside in the courtyard. (Local sculptor John Roeder’s statue looked on.)

Takaezu said of her work, “People ask, why are you doing the same thing? So I usually try to tell them I’m trying to get a perfect piece. And what is a perfect piece? And if I had it would I know it? And I’m sure I’ve gotten some that are perfect, and yet I don’t want to admit that because then I would stop. So I keep on saying “I’m going to make a perfect piece.” And that’s what I’m striving for.”

Thank you, Toshiko Takaezu, for inspiring us to keep striving also. 

“Women in Ceramics” is taught by artist Colleen Garland @colleenandclay. There are a few spots left in Garland’s “Evening Handbuilding” class starting on June 13.

In Memoriam: Michael Stephens, Brilliant Grant Writer to Many

In Memoriam: Michael Stephens

With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to Michael Stephens, a grant-writing extraordinaire whose wit, wisdom, and unwavering dedication to nonprofits enriched the lives of many. Michael passed away peacefully last week in Oregon, leaving behind a legacy that spans decades and touches countless people.

A longtime resident of Point Richmond, Michael’s career in grant writing spanned nearly 50 years. His expertise and passion for the arts were evident in his work with the Taos, NM Museum, Cal Shakes, The Berkeley Rep, Stagebridge, Opera Parallele, and Richmond Art Center, to name just a few. His efforts were instrumental in securing funding for these organizations during extremely challenging times.

I had the pleasure of working closely with Michael at Stagebridge and Richmond Art Center, where his presence was indispensable. His brilliance shone through in his work, but it was his humor and lovable curmudgeon ways that endeared him to all who knew him.

Michael is survived by his son and grandchildren in Austin, Texas. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we reflect on his life and legacy, let us remember Michael for the laughter, light, and love he brought into the world of nonprofits and all who benefited from it. Rest in peace, dear friend.

José Rivera, Executive Director

Top image: Michael Stephens (right) with Sadie Harmon

Win a free class!! 2024 Membership Drive

Win a free class!!

During our 2024 Membership Drive, we’re hosting a class giveaway. Five randomly selected individuals will win a free class of their choice during the fall 2024 semester.*


Winners will be announced in July 2024!

*TERMS: Members who join or renew in May or June 2024, as well as donors who contribute over $40 during May or June 2024, are eligible to win. Winners to be announced in July 2024. Winners must redeem their free class during the fall 2024 semester. Classes are available until full. Not applicable to workshops.

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