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 in May 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.


For more information about Art Float – Riverside or how to sponsor a sphere, call Kathy Allavie at (951) 784-7377 or

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How to Become a Sponsor

Individual Sponsorships

One-Sphere Sponsor: $350

When you participate in Riverside’s largest community art project by sponsoring a sphere, you get to determine who will receive it when the public display is over. You can choose to keep it or donate it to a school, community center, or City Park and Rec playground of your choice. You will be listed a “Sphere” sponsor in our program and invited to all events throughout Art Float – Riverside.

Three-Sphere Sponsor: $1,000

Receive all of the above times three. In addition, you will receive two tickets to our Launch Party on May 11, 2018, your name in all programs and triple the tax deduction (to the extent of the law)! Best of all, you’ll be helping the Riverside Art Museum with their mission-driven programs, including Art-to-Go, the in-school art education program for K-8th grade children.

Business Sponsorships

Businesses who choose to underwrite Art Float – Riverside will be featured on all signage, brochures, banners, and programs! All advertisements, press releases and media announcements will also highlight our business friends and their logos. All gifts are tax-deductible donations to the Riverside Art Museum and benefit their on-going programs, including art education in schools.


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Thank you to our generous sponsors:




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Lucile Arntzen

Francisca and Eric Johnson

S. Sue Johnson

Dwight Tate and Kathy Wright



Lorraine and Richard Anderson

Eileen and Stephen Ashwal

Baccarella Insurance Services, Inc.

Debbie Barles and Scott Zohlman

Jane and Joe Barr

Drs. Brad Baum and Carla Lidner Baum

Sally and Chuck Beaty

Selina and Phillip Bremenstuhl

Suzy and Gary Clem

Irene Conable

Phyllis and Jim Crabtree

Gless Ranch

Jacqueline and Andrew Hopper

Dee and Dennis Lausé

 Peggy and Arthur Littleworth

Marsha and Ron Loveridge

Cathy and Steve Morford

Betty and Walter Parks

Lori and Tom Raffy

Cindy and Richard Roth

Robin and Paul Sinkhorn

Cookie Smith

Janice Stolzy

Terre and Bill Thomas

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

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