Make Art. Make Community.

The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is one of the oldest and most cherished art institutions in the Inland Southern California region.

As our community continues to change since we first opened our doors to our Julia Morgan building over 50 years ago, RAM works to be relevant and accessible to our diverse community. We welcome feedback and work to adapt our programs based on input. Funding from the James Irvine Foundation, the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and local sources helps us build capacity to authentically engage the ever-evolving and diverse residents of our region. We strive to provide meaningful curation and opportunities for creation, participation, and dialogue around great art and inspired happenings relevant to our audiences’ distinct and shared experiences.

Our major initiatives include:

  • The Riverside Art Make: When we piloted this project in 2013, we built relationships, embraced new audiences, and learned that there is a large number of people who warmly welcome the opportunity to make art. Half of the individuals we served via the project had never been to the museum, yet highly ranked their Art Make experience. Today, Art Make has evolved to provide exciting place-making art activities at local neighborhood celebrations and events. Read more about the Riverside Art Make here.
  • Current initiatives include Juan Navarro’s murals and art-making events in the Eastside as our artist-in-residence. For example, RAM commissioned Navarro to produce a community-driven mural that reflected the relationship between medical professionals and community members as they work together to create a healthier Eastside community. The mural concept was directly influenced by Eastside residents from development to completion. Click here to learn more.
  • The Branch: Our first artist-in-residence program in the Eastside neighborhood, located at 4307 Park Avenue, will provide an affordable rental opportunity for an income-qualified artist. We are proud to present community artist Juan Navarro as artist-in-residence at The Branch. For several years, RAM has worked closely with Navarro on various community art projects. Navarro has demonstrated excellent skills in activating partners and the public in his work, a keen understanding of his role in the community, and the ability to engage and communicate with residents. The Branch provides an opportunity for the artist to live within the community, engage with their neighbors, and lead art programming with the goal to engage, inspire, and build community through the arts. The goals of this program are to cultivate individual skills, foster social interactions, and promote neighborhood development. Artist residencies will vary in duration, but are expected to last approximately six-to-twelve months. Artists will get to know their neighbors, hear their stories, and respond with programming that is relevant and substantive.
  • Partnerships with the Latino Community: RAM partnered with the Riverside Latino Network for Trabajamos/We Work: Photographs by David Bacon. This was part of a series of collaborative efforts. The Riverside Latino Network also generously made possible the acquisition of seven new pieces for the Permanent Collection from Self Help Graphics (SHG). The 2015 Printmaking Survey of the Los Angeles River is a portfolio of the fine art prints hand-produced by Self Help Graphic's L.A. River Atelier, ranging in medium from wood and linocuts to digital prints. This is the first atelier produced through SHG's Open Printmaking Studio program. SHG prints represent a significant holding in RAM's Permanent Collection. Continuing to collect work by SHG and the artists it supports is important as we continue to build a collection that is representative of and connects to our community. You can learn more about SHG and see the acquired prints in our Self Help Graphics exhibition.
  • Identifying cultural assets through crowd-sourcing tools: We ask the community to reflect and share their knowledge of cultural treasures to help move us beyond the gallery walls and expand our community’s definition of art. By mapping the locations of cultural treasures throughout Riverside, we hope to build a network of cultural vitality that represents the Latinx community and build relationships between the museum and community. Tell us about the cultural treasures in your neighborhood. Tell us where we can find creative businesses and artists in our community.

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We need your help!

  • Tell us about the cultural treasures in your neighborhood. Díganos sobre los tesoros culturales en su vecindad. Click here.
  • Tell us where we can find creative businesses and artists in our community. Díganos donde podemos encontrar a los artistas y negocios creativos en su comunidad. Click here.
  • Have a community event that you would like RAM to pop up at? Email:
  • Would you like to present your work at the museum during our popular Artswalk and First Sundays? Email
  • Would you like to donate your time, talent, or treasure? Click here to see the various ways you can support RAM. We are also looking for bilingual docents to be museum guides!

Read more about our work: 


Many thanks to those who make this work possible:

James  Irvine Foundation’s New California Art Fund

California  Arts Council’s Creative California Communities Planning Grant and the Artists Activating Communities Grant

National Endowment for the Arts 

Riverside Arts Council