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Press Release: Announcing… RAC UPLOADED!

Richmond Art Center Launches Online Art Classes

RICHMOND, CA: Richmond Art Center launches RAC UPLOADED, a new online art program. RAC UPLOADED includes workshops, classes, demos and virtual meet-ups featuring accessible materials and media for at-home creativity.   

  • Online offerings for adults, youth, children and families
  • Making screen time active and engaging 
  • Fee, sliding-scale and free options
  • New classes starting weekly

“Art-making offers a great opportunity to bring people together during shelter-in-place for creativity and connection,” says José Rivera, RAC’s Executive Director. “When designing their classes our Teaching Artists thought carefully about what experiences people might be needing as they self-isolate; tactile experiences, opportunities for new forms of expression, opportunities for meeting new people. There is an important connection between art and wellness, and right now we need art more than ever.”

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CLASSES: Classes include both single workshops and cumulative sessions running one to four weeks. Adult classes running this month include Fundamental Drawing taught by Rebeca García-González, Rag Lab a series of upcycled fashion workshops by Vida Vazquez, and Visual Journaling with Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh. For young artists and families, class offerings include Beginner OrigamiMixed Medium Sculpture, and Pop-Up Paper.

DEMOS: A series of live artist demonstrations will create experiences for students to pick up techniques and tips through watching artists in action. Demos will range from digital illustration to botanical monoprints to edible clay (!).

FREE MEET-UPS: In addition to paid and sliding-scale events, RAC is running free drop-in gatherings for students to visit with each other virtually while participating in an art-making activity facilitated by a teaching artist. Family MAKE happens every Thursday from 4-5pm and is an all-ages family-friendly space for exploration and creativity. Morning Cup is geared towards adult students and happens 10am-11am every Friday (participants are encouraged to bring their favorite morning cup!). 

Art Boost! Making art accessible to everyone is at the heart of the Richmond Art Center’s mission. Needs-based Art Boost scholarships are available for eligible children, teens and adults. The Scholarship Request Form is available on RAC’s website under ‘Art Classes’.

About Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating experiences for making together in Richmond since 1936. We offer art classes and workshops for over 5,000 adults and youth per year to create, experience and share art at our facility and in local schools and community spaces. We also present rotating exhibitions of work by Bay Area artists, attracting over 18,000 visitors to our four galleries annually.

Media Contact: Amy Spencer,

Images: Drawings by Vero d. Orozco


Para comunicar inmediato: Richmond Art Center anuncia el nombramiento de José R. Rivera como el Director Ejecutivo

RICHMOND, CA: El Centro de Arte de Richmond (Richmond Art Center) se complace en anunciar el nombramiento de José R. Rivera para el cargo de Director Ejecutivo. La presidenta de la Junta Directiva, Patricia Guthrie, dijo: “El Sr. Rivera trae una gran experiencia de gestión y un profundo compromiso con el arte y la comunidad, que creemos que ayudará a sacar adelante al Richmond Art Center en un momento de gran cambio social”. La contratación del Sr. Rivera se produce después de una extensa búsqueda en la que participó la Junta Directiva, el personal del RAC y miembros de la comunidad.

Press Release: Richmond Art Center announces the appointment of José R. Rivera as Executive Director

RICHMOND, CA: The Richmond Art Center is pleased to announce the appointment of José R. Rivera to the position of Executive Director. Board of Directors President Patricia Guthrie said: “Mr. Rivera brings a wealth of management experience and a deep commitment to the arts and community which we feel will help move the Richmond Art Center forward at a time of great societal change.” Mr. Rivera’s hire comes after an extensive search involving the Board of Directors, RAC Staff, and community members.

Press Release: Richmond Art Center Awarded Three California Arts Council Grants

State funds support in-school and after-school art programs, as well as a new artist residency at RAC

Richmond, CA: The California Arts Council announced grant awards totaling $57,000 to Richmond Art Center (RAC). The grants RAC will receive are Artists in Communities, Artists in Schools, and Youth Arts Action.

Artists in Schools and Youth Arts Action grants will support RAC’s in-school and after-school art programs in Richmond schools this upcoming school year. The Artists in Communities grant will fund, in part, an artist residency, youth art photography class and exhibition at RAC.

Press Release: Dewey Crumpler: Crossings

The inventive power of Dewey Crumpler’s shipping containers

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 10am – 5pm

Exhibition: March 31 – May 30, 2020
Reception: Saturday, March 28, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 2, 11am
Location: Main Gallery

RICHMOND, CA: The Richmond Art Center announces Dewey Crumpler: Crossings, the first survey of Dewey Crumpler’s ‘shipping container’ work to be exhibited in the Bay Area. The exhibition will include over 120 works that ask us to consider the history, lived legacy and future impact of the global shipping industry.

Press Release: Art of the African Diaspora

Featuring Over 150 Artists of African Descent

Richmond, CA: The Richmond Art Center announces Art of the African Diaspora, an exhibition featuring over 150 artists of African Descent. The exhibition will be on view in the Richmond Art Center’s Main and West Galleries from January 14 through to March 13, 2020. This exhibition will be accompanied by self-guided open studio tours and satellite exhibitions at 30 different venues across the Bay Area. 

Press Release: 57th Annual Holiday Arts Festival Returns to the Richmond Art Center

Free, family-friendly arts and crafts festival includes over 55 local artist vendors, community partners and food vendors, holiday café and free art activities for all ages

RICHMOND, CA: The Richmond Art Center invites holiday shoppers to experience a day of custom-made arts and crafts, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, packaged goods, clothing and accessories made by local independent artists and craftspeople. The 57th Annual Holiday Arts Festival is the largest community event and fundraiser for the Richmond Art Center, free to the public, with over 55 local artists and artisan vendors, non-profit community partners and gourmet food vendors participating, Sunday, December 8, 11 AM – 5 PM, at the Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond.

Press Release: Countersteer: Custom Motorcycles as Self-Expression

Countersteer Defined:

1. Motorcycling: To initiate a turn by steering opposite to the direction desired.
2. Common: To steer against the tide of norms and expectations.

August 8, 2019: The Richmond Art Center invites visitors to the upcoming exhibition Countersteer: Custom Motorcycles as Self-Expression. Countersteer explores personal expression through the medium of the motorcycle.

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