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We made it to the finals! Please vote for us!

We’re finalists in both the Parent’s Press Best of the Bay AND Best of Oakland Magazine 2016.

Please Vote for the Richmond Art Center!
Final Round Voting ends May 31!

parents pressThank you for your first round of votes; with your help we made it to the final round! Please take a moment to cast your vote in this final round for both of the following publications!
Parent’s Press: We are finalists for the following categories in West Contra Costa County!

1. Best Art Camp
2. Best Classes and Enrichment (Art)
3. Best Enrichment and AfterSchool programs
4. Best Place to Entertain a Teen


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Best of Oakland Magazine 2016: We are finalists in the Best Art Classes category!

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Now Hiring! Jewelry and Metal Teaching Artist and Lead Monitor

Be Part of our Team

Today, everything we do at the Richmond Art Center continues to breathe life into our founder Hazel Salmi’s original vision: That within every person lives an artist. Join the largest visual arts center in the East Bay and help us bring arts experiences to people of all ages.

We’re hiring!

We have two amazing opportunities in our Jewelry and Metals department! Please check them out:

 Jewelry and Metal Teaching Artist

Jewelry and Metal Lead Monitor

May is for Members!

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Thank you for being a vital part of the Art Center community!

We would like to offer our members a complimentary gallery walkthrough, lead by Exhibitions Director Jan Wurm, on Saturday, May 14, from 2-3 pm.

Please RSVP! Stop by the front desk, call us at 510 620 6772, or email us at

Our Members Exhibition is coming up!

Become a member of the Art Center at the Artist Level or higher to submit your work to the 2016 Members Exhibition.

The annual Members Exhibition opens our summer with the sights and textures of the diverse work of our members. The deadline to participate is Sunday, May 22.

Click here for more information about the Members Show and find out how to submit your work.

Our Message Regarding #EastBayGives Campaign

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Dear Richmond Art Center Patrons, Board and staff,

As you know, we’ve been looking forward to the #EastBayGives campaign as a way to engage our community and raise funds to support the variety of wonderful programs the Art Center offers year-round: classes, free events and exhibitions, scholarships for youth and adults, arts education for almost 2,000 WCCUSD schoolchildren through our Art in the Community program and professional development for public school teachers.

The East Bay Gives platform is powered by Kimbia, an online fundraising program based in Austin, TX. Kimbia’s platform ceased to work in the early hours of the campaign and many of our donors were disappointed that they were not able to participate in this online event to support us. This major snafu has impacted numerous “WeGive” campaigns across the country.

We are encouraged by the outpouring of generosity of those who stopped by our “Donation Station” here today at the Art Center, and would like to encourage you to keep us in your giving thoughts by donating to us directly on our website, at the front desk, or in the donation box in our Main Gallery.

Your donations do help to support many important programs here at the Art Center and we thank you for your ongoing generosity.

On behalf of myself and the entire staff of the Richmond Art Center, my thanks and appreciation.

Ric Ambrose

East Bay Monthly profiles David Park exhibition


The East Bay Monthly has a feature article on our current exhibition David Park: Personal Perspectives! The article by Lou Fancher gives a deeper personal portrait of Park’s history and his entry into the Figurative Art movement. You can read the entire article online here if you’re not able to pick up a copy.

This unique exhibition is in our gallery until May 23, so please plan on visiting us soon and attending the closing reception on May 22.

The video from our recent event David Park: A Personal Point of View, featuring a presentation by Park’s daughter Helen, gives a family oriented perspective of the artist..

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!

#EastBayGives: Get ready to give on May 3!


On May 3, the Richmond Art Center will be participating in East Bay Gives 2016. Please help us make our goal of $4,000 to help support our wonderful programs, including Studio Arts Education, Art in the Community, and Exhibitions! 

There are several prizes we’d love to win… are you game?

  • Calling all night owls! The first person to donate between midnight and 1am could win us $500!
  • For those early birds, the first person to donate the closest to 6:11am will win us the Sunrise Prize, for $1,500!
  • If we receive a donation between 8-9am, we could win $1,500!
  • From 11am-noon, we could win $3,500 in the category of Arts Organizations but only if we have the most unique donors!
  • A $500 donation between 1-2pm could win us $2,500!
  • The 1st organization with full Board Participation between 2-3pm could win us $5,000!
  • The Sunset Prize (closest to but NOT past 8:01pm) could win us $4,000!
  • More night owls could win us the last donation (between 11-11:59pm) for $2,500!

Click here to donate!

If you have specific questions about East Bay Gives, please read on…

What is East Bay Gives 2016?
East Bay Gives 2016 is:

  • On May 3, 2016
  • A 24-hour online giving event
  • A great way to donate to organizations going fantastic work in your community

How does East Bay Gives work?
On this website, nonprofit organizations register to participate in East Bay Gives 2016. On May 3, visit to donate to one or more of the participating nonprofits.  You’ll receive immediate email confirmation from us and we’ll send the donation(s) to the organization(s) you designate.  Please note: donations are tax deductible and non-refundable. All participating organizations will compete to win hourly cash prizes from our Prize Pool. 

How can I make a donation to East Bay Gives 2016?
Because this is a national online giving day, the fastest way to make a donation through East Bay Gives 2016 is online, with a credit card. (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.)  Donations will not be accepted by mail, fax, phone call or email.

What is the minimum donation?
The minimum donation is $20.00.  There is no upper limit, and you may donate as many times as you wish, to any number of organizations.

Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. Donations are 100% tax deductible. After you donate, you will immediately receive an email from the East Bay Community Foundation confirming your tax-deductible gift.  Please save the email for your records or tax purposes.

How can I be sure that my donation gets to the correct organization?
Your email confirmation receipt is your proof that you gave. The East Bay Community Foundation distributes all donations received on May 3rd within a reasonable period of time, after all transactions have been verified. Your chosen organizations will also be able to confirm that they have received your donation.

Will my designated organization receive donor contact information?
Unless anonymity is specifically requested, donation amounts and donor information will be forwarded to recipient nonprofits by the East Bay Community Foundation.

How much of my donation goes to the organization I designate?
Participating nonprofit organizations receive the full value of the donation, minus the credit card transaction fees.

Can I donate using my tablet or smart phone?
Yes. Use your smart phone or tablet, or any browser to access

Open Workshops to Check Out!

collage workshop6collage workshop6We have some spaces in great workshops being offered this Spring. Don’t miss out… check them out today!

Forging Spoons

Learn how to move and shape metal with basic hammering techniques and surface finishing. Beginning with copper stock, we will cold forge handmade spoons. In addition to technical skills, we will explore design elements such as functionality, concept, proportion, ergonomics, and decoration. All skill levels welcome.

  • 2 classes
  • Sat & Sun, May 7 & 8
  • 10 am – 1 pm

Let’s Make Homemade Pom-Poms! Mother’s Day Workshop

Spend Mother’s Day making unique, colorful pom-poms that can be used in a variety of artistic projects. Students will walk away with a cardboard template, a completed project of either a keychain or flower and as many pom-poms as they can make in a session. All materials will be provided. No previous experience required. Moms, dads, and kids 7+ are welcome!

  • 1 class
  • Sun, May 8
  • Noon – 4 pm

Zines for All Ages

What is a zine anyway? Well, a zine is a self-published, small handmade magazine, and you can make one of your very own! It can be about anything you want, and you can use collage, writing, and drawing in this art form. The most important part is self-expression, whatever that means to you. In this short workshop we will be making mini-zines, and you’ll see a lot of examples of what can be done in this diverse and important art form.  $5 Materials fee due to instructor.

  • 1 class
  • Fri, May 13
  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monotype and the Model

We will begin by drawing and painting the figure from a live model and then move into creating monotypes using this direct printmaking method. Linda’s own drawing, largely representational with occasional forays into abstraction, is solidly placed in the Bay Area Figurative tradition. She is directly linked to this legacy, having studied as an undergraduate with Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell—two of the principals in this movement. Learn to take your figurative work from drawings to prints utilizing improvisation and experimentation as your guide. Technical demonstrations and drawing instruction. All levels and teens welcome.

  • 2 classes
  • Sat & Sun, May 14 & 15
  • 10 am – 4 pm

Mosi Jogakbo (Ramie Patchwork Bojagi)

Mosi Jogakbo, or patchwork bojagi, is made with remnants of fabrics from leftover cloths in the past.  Youngmin will teach basic mosi (ramie) jogakbo construction in this workshop. Ssamsol is a special seam technique that makes the front and back of this jogakbo identical. We will use many small pieces of ramie fabrics to make a geometric patterned bojagi. The finished project will have unique compositions of shapes, lines and texture. $30 materials fee due to instructor includes all mosi (raime) fabric and thread needed; additional supplies online.

  • 1 class
  • Sun, May 15
  • 10 am – 4 pm

Six Steps to Throwing Bliss

This workshop is designed to help the beginning through advanced level wheel thrower gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of manipulating clay on the potter’s wheel. After an initial six-step demonstration and individual consultation on the wheel, more advanced techniques will be demonstrated. Tall cylinders, vases, bowls, proper shaping and stretching methods, and pouring vessels will all be demonstrated.

  • 1 class
  • Sun, May 15
  • 10 am – 4 pm

Stamp Making

Learn a few ways to carve your own stamps! In this class, you will learn several methods to carve basic stamps out of rubber and similar materials. You can use these stamps in your artwork, scrapbooking, to make wrapping paper, or as a signature on whatever you would like. We will carve EZcut material, erasers, and talk about some other options for stamp making around the Bay. You will go home with a few of your very own stamps! $10 materials fee due to instructor.

  • 1 class
  • Fri, May 20
  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Natural Dyes of California

Save your avocado pits and weeds from the garden! Learn to produce paints, dyes and prints from plant materials. Working with native and invasive plants of the California Bay Area and waste from the kitchen, we’ll explore a diversity of different plant dye and dye processes. $20 materials fee due to instructor.

  • 1 class
  • Sun, May 22
  • 10 am – 4 pm

Paper Marbling

Welcome to the amazing world of marbling! Marbling is an ancient paper-decorating technique where designs are suspended on the surface of a liquid, manipulated with combs and brushes and then transferred to paper or fabric. These papers are often used in hardbound books. Learn the basics of marbling and create a series of beautifully marbled papers. Materials list available online. $35 materials fee due to instructor.

  • 1 class
  • Fri, May 27
  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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