About The Cheech Center for Chicano Art and Culture of the Riverside Art Museum
The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture will be the world-wide home for Chicano art and culture in Riverside
It will be, as Cheech says, the “center of Chicano art, not only painting, but sculpture, photography, and video arts.”
The Cheech will explore Chicano culture from the barrio to the Bay, cholos to Cesar Chavez, pre-Columbian to modern murals.
Cheech describes Chicano art as follows: “The strict definition is Mexican-American artists, born in this country, who grew up with Uncle Sam and Cheerios and were influenced by historical Mexican artists, plus whatever was happening in American Pop.”
It will be the home for the premier collection of Chicano art in the world; a significant portion of his large collection will always be exhibited and can continue to be toured at venues across the nation and throughout the world!
The center will be housed next door to the historic Mission Inn in a 61,420-square-foot facility, which was originally opened to the public as the Riverside Public Library in 1964. The Cheech is a perfect adaptive reuse of this mid-century building and the historic and vintage aspects will be preserved in its transformation from a library to a museum and cultural center.
It will be a catalyst for the grassroots Riverside arts scene that encourages emerging Latino artists throughout the Inland Empire.
Cheech project is a public-private partnership; it is *not* solely a city project; in fact, the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) – a 501c3 nonprofit organization (not affiliated with the city) – is administering and programming the center;
The city is providing the old main library; The Cheech fundraising campaign is funding the renovation of the building through donations and other gifts; the campaign sponsor is the Riverside Art Museum
Cheech Marin is donating his collection to the Center
Page & Turnbull, a world-renowned architectural firm that has worked on cutting-edge projects all over California, has been chosen to provide architectural services for the new Cheech Marin Center of Chicano Art & Culture in downtown Riverside. Page & Turnbull has included a group of consultants on its team, including the architectural firm wHY.
Students and faculty from our 5 local colleges and universities will research and learn about the finest private collection of Chicano art in the U.S.