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Art Float – Riverside 

May 11 - June 2, 2018

Credit Portraits of Hope_a27c web.jpgThe Riverside Art Museum (RAM), in collaboration with the City of Riverside’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department and the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD), will host a signature community art event that will involve hundreds of huge, floating, hand-painted spheres in Lake Evans at Fairmount Park. Called Art Float – Riverside, the project is patterned after one staged a few years ago by Portraits of Hope in Los Angeles. The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, the volunteer fundraising group of RAM, is spearheading the event that will take place May 11 - June 1, 2018. When complete, the floating artwork will feature over 350 hand-painted spheres that will float in Lake Evans for a three-week festival.

Each plastic sphere is six feet in diameter and will be brightly painted by schoolchildren at 48 RUSD schools. After being painted, the spheres will be launched in Lake Evans at Fairmount Park and will float as a huge piece of community art. During the time the spheres will be in the lake, there will be multiple events for the public to enjoy.

“This will be a signature event in Riverside,” says Lucile Arntzen, incoming RAM Board President. “It will allow everyone free access to a unique kind of community art.”

Art Float – Riverside chairwoman, Kathy Allavie, says that one of the unique aspects of the project is the involvement of thousands of schoolchildren throughout the city. Allavie, who also sits on the RUSD Board of Trustees, is excited to bring the art experience into the schools. “Our painting teams will be visiting each school and letting the children participate in the process,” says Allavie. “I know that when they see the spheres floating colorfully in the lake they will be thrilled to have had a hand in its creation.”

Art Float – Riverside is also a fundraiser for the museum. Allavie is hoping to have 350 spheres sponsored by community members for $350 each. After the event, the sponsors can keep the painted spheres or have them donated to a school, library, or community center. The money raised by the project will return to RAM’s mission-driven programs, including their award-winning art education program called Art-to-Go. Art-to-Go delivers art education directly to each classroom with age-appropriate projects and lessons given by qualified art instructors.  RUSD has engaged the museum to deliver around 3,700 art classes in all their elementary schools, K-6th, this coming year.

***October 2017 UPDATE!!!***

Art Float – Riverside is receiving tremendous support! Since its kick-off at the start of September, over 100 of the 350 super-sized art floats have been sponsored by a business or member of the community for $350. Thirty Riverside schools have already signed up to be a part of this exciting project.

“We are ecstatic to have our students playing such a huge role in a community art project like this,” say Dr. David Hansen, RUSD Superintendent. “When they see those colorful spheres floating in the lake at Fairmount Park next year, they will be able to take pride in knowing that they played a part in this historic, one-of-a-kind art installation, and hopefully they will recognize that they are all a part of something much bigger – a community that values and appreciates art in all forms!” 

To sponsor a sphere, click here.

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Key Dates

Art Float - Riverside Public Viewing: May 11 - June 1, 2018

Art Float - Riverside Launch Party: Friday, May 11, 2018, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

More info coming soon!

 

For more information about how to sponsor a sphere, call Kathy Allavie at (951) 784-7377 or kallavie@aol.com, or click here.

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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Three-Sphere

Albert A. Webb Associates

Kathy and John Allavie

James Antoyan - JLA Real Estate Group

Lucile Arntzen

Blue Banner Packing

Kathy and Gary Christmas

Betty and Leonard Dixon

Francisca and Eric Johnson

S. Sue Johnson

Jeannene and Kevin Kelly

Assemblymember Jose Medina

Debby and Ken Phillips

The Ransom-McKenzie Team

Riverside Education Enrichment Foundation (REEF)

U.S. Congressman Mark Takano

Dwight Tate and Kathy Wright

Windemere Tower Properties/Collette Lee


One-Sphere

Jamie and Raul Aballi

Paula and David Allbeck

Anonymous

Lorraine and Richard Anderson

The Arts Area - Inland Empire Arts Directory

Eileen and Stephen Ashwal

Baccarella Insurance Services, Inc.

Carolyn Badger

Mayor Rusty Bailey

Pam and Mark Balys

Debbie Barles and Scott Zohlman

Jane and Joe Barr

Kathy and Matt Barth

Michael Bates - Merrill Lynch

Drs. Brad Baum and Carla Lidner Baum

Sally and Chuck Beaty

Judy Berg

Kathy and Dave Bocian

Linda and Ted Boecker

Selina and Phillip Bremenstuhl

Suzy and Gary Clem

Irene Conable

Phyllis and Jim Crabtree

Donna and Dr. Tom Davis

Clyde Derrick

Susan and Jim Dieterich

Downtown Area Neighborhood Alliance

Marcia and Tom Evans

Dr. Angelov and Veselina Farooq

Virginia and Charlie Field

Patti and David Funder

Councilmember Mike Gardner, Ward 1

Mary Anne and Paul Gill

Cheryl and Dayton Gilleland

Dorothy and Dr. Anthony Ginter

Dr. Ray R. Glendrange, Riverside Eye Specialists

Gless Ranch

Haupt-Wadding Family

Barbara and Dr. Fred Havens

Jacqueline and Andrew Hopper

Jeni, Paul and Ashley

Shelley and Bob Kain

Cathy and Steve Kienle

Sari and Owen Kustner

Dee and Dennis Lausé

Re-elect Brent Lee, RUSD Trustee

 Peggy and Arthur Littleworth

Patricia Locke-Dawson and Scott Dawson

Marsha and Ron Loveridge

Peggy Luebs

Councilmember Chris MacArthur, Ward 5

Mary and Sperry MacNaughton

Tami and Steve Maio

Ann and Pat McDonnell

Pauline and Bill McGuigan

Eileen and Jim Milam

Patricia Miller

Monster Media, Inc.

Cathy and Steve Morford

Shannon Murphy and John Conrad

Betty and Walter Parks

Lori and Tom Raffy

Sue Rainey and John Collins

Emmanuelle and Morey Reynolds

Patricia Reynolds

Todd Ridgway, C21 Lois Lauer

The Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau

Riverside East Rotary Club

Riverside Personnel Services

Riverside Woman's Club

Cindy and Richard Roth

Rosie Russell

Melissa and John Russo

Camille Sanders and Tom Powell

Sandy and Bill Schnack

Sandy and Wayne Sheppard

Sue and Rich Simonin

Robin and Paul Sinkhorn

Leslie Slamal/Jill and Tim Peterson

Cookie Smith

Carole Stadelbacher

Janice Stolzy

Terre and Bill Thomas

Thompson & Colegate LLP

Athena and David Waite

Carole and Jim Ward

Sandy Webb

Western Rehab/LaVonne Dodge

Susan and Les Whittaker

Kyley and Steven Ybarra

Kristi and Jacques Yeager


A special THANK YOU to Vista Paint!

Thank you to our collaborating partners for this community art event:

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