Richmond Art Center
Richmond Art Center

Summer Mural Program for Richmond Youth (Ages 14-24) is back! (Register NOW)

S.P.O.T.S: Supporting Peoples Outlooks, Talents, and Speech

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1pm to 4 pm

Jul 5 – Aug 11, 2022

The painting spot, the gathering spot, the spot light or epicenter of action.

Public art is a powerful tool for community building. This program will introduce young artists to the means to create vibrant community art works. A cohort of twelve young artists (ages 14-24) will learn about different models of community art projects, help to define how the program will local youth, and create a collaborative mural project. Students will learn basic color theory, composition, and painting methods.

CLICK HERE to view the mural created by youth participating in the program in 2021.

Eligibility: This six week class is for youth ages 14-24 who live, work or study in Richmond.

Stipend: Each student will receive a $200 stipend for their work at the completion of the program.

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1pm-4pm, Jul 5 – Aug 11, 2022

Instructors: Fred Alvarado and Keena Azania Romano

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

New Summer Class for Youth (Ages 13-17): Framing Identity (Register NOW)

Framing Identity: Legends, Characters, and Icons

New Summer Class for Youth

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:00am – 2:30pm

June 14 – June 30, 2022

For this three-week course, youth ages 13-17 will join artist Alex Martinez to explore the legends, characters and icons that have informed their personal identity and cultural understanding, while developing their own visual language in mixed media.

La instructora de clase es bilingüe ingles / español.


About the Artist: Alex Martinez (she/her/they) is a Queer Latinx mixed media visual artist and teacher who is based in Oakland, California.  Her mixed media paintings and prints playfully juxtapose her ancestors with Mexican ephemera, folklore, legends, and pop culture characters that represent her personal identity and visual landscape.

Spring Updates: A Message from José R. Rivera, Executive Director

Hello Friends,

Could there be a more perfect cover artwork for our Spring Catalog than instructor Chris Harper Triplett’s Flower Cowgirl? Some students may recognize this piece as Chris created it as a demo in her watercolor class back in 2018.

As Covid-19 case numbers continue to go down and the Bay Area gradually “opens up” you’ll see some positive changes rolling out at Richmond Art Center. Our gallery hours are expanding (Wed-Sat 10am-4pm), new staff hires are arriving (welcome Elaine Moreno, our new Visitor Services Coordinator), and more in-person classes will run as part of our Spring Session schedule. A highlight for me in the galleries this spring is—after a two year pause—the return of the WCCUSD Student Art Show. Be inspired by the skill and vision of the next generation of local artists. 

There’s also a lot happening behind the scenes at RAC. Our education team is collaborating with RYSE Youth Center and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts to run a professional development training series for educators. The makeover of the metals studio continues and we are hosting the Metal Arts Guild Picnic. Artists-in-residence Liberación Gráfica are working in the print studio with a group of students from Richmond High. And we were excited to send three staff to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Sacramento this past March. Marisa Burman, RAC’s Ceramics Manager, described the event as, “rich and stimulating”. 

I look forward to meeting you at RAC soon!

José R. Rivera

Executive Director

Welcome Elaine Moreno, RAC’s new Visitor Services Coordinator!

We are so happy to welcome Elaine Moreno to Richmond Art Center’s staff team. Elaine is our new Visitor Services Coordinator.

Please say hello and welcome to Elaine at the front desk next time you are at RAC!

About Elaine: Elaine Moreno is a Bay Area born and raised Visual Artist, primarily working with Film and Digital Photography. Elaine’s passion for the arts started at an early age, and brought her to California College of the Arts where she graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Photography and Visual Studies Minor. Elaine aims to give back to her community that helped propel her artistic journey in hopes to inspire and guide others along their artistic paths.

Image: Elaine with her pup Pickle

Artist Announcement: Right Here, Right Now, Richmond

We are so excited to announce the artists selected for Right Here, Right Now: A Biennial of Richmond Art!

The artists participating in the second edition of the Biennial are:

These eight Richmond artists will contribute work to an exhibition to be presented in Richmond Art Center’s South Gallery that will run from April 7 through to June 3, 2022. Participating artists are selected for their risk-taking and visionary creative practices. More info about the exhibition coming soon!

We Found Joy In Art-Making

We Found Joy In Art-Making / Encontramos La Felicidad Haciendo Arte

Sharing these wonderful photos by R.D. Lopez/Shots From Richmond & Froggie Violet Vega documenting Rebeca García-González creating a new mural at the 25th Street entrance of Richmond Art Center. The mural is called We Found Joy In Art-Making / Encontramos La Felicidad Haciendo Arte and was completed in December 2021.

Rebeca was assisted by Richmond youth, Leslie Poblano and Denise Campos.

Come see the finished mural at RAC! 

Top image: Photo by John Wehrle

Special Event: From Africa to Richmond

From Africa to Richmond

Special Event for Black History Month

Online Presentation by Patricia Mapps

Monday, February 28, 7pm-8pm PST | FREE


For Black History Month, Richmond Art Center will present Patricia Mapps: From Africa to Richmond, on Monday, February 28 at 7pm. Through archival research, oral history, and DNA, Patricia has traced her ancestors to Africa and uncovered a story of enslavement, emancipation, the decision to purchase and live on the land they “tamed” when enslaved, their transition to farm laborers then to farmers, and Civil Rights activism in Richmond. In this special online event, Patricia will share the story her research has uncovered in a presentation which will be followed by a Q&A session. This event is free but registration is required to access the zoom link.


Your Well-Being Is Our Priority: New Covid-19 Visitor Policies

We have updated our vaccination requirement for students taking in-person classes at Richmond Art Center. As of 2/1/22 all students must be fully vaccinated to the maximum extent for which they are eligible. Students enrolled in current classes should have their proof of vaccination documents ready to show a RAC staff person at their first class. See below for more information. 


Proof of vaccination is required to attend in-person classes at Richmond Art Center. This policy applies to everyone five years old and above. Please refer to the below list of acceptable forms of vaccination verification.

How to Show Proof of Vaccination
You can show proof of vaccination by showing photo ID and one of the following items:

  • A Vaccination Card issued by the CDC or a foreign governmental jurisdiction
  • Your digital vaccine record issued by the State of California (to get your record go here:
  • Documentation from your healthcare provider stating you’re fully vaccinated

More info about vaccines in Contra Costa County:


Mask wearing and signing a Visitor Waiver is a condition of entry to RAC galleries, courtyard and public spaces. We track attendee numbers to ensure spaces do not get too crowded.

Our galleries are currently open Thursdays through Saturdays, 10am-2pm. Entry is free and no advance appointment is required. Please observe social distancing in the galleries. 

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Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804-1600


Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm

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