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Art Float-Riverside

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Fairmount Park, Lake Evans

2601 Fairmount Boulevard

Riverside, CA 92501

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The 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!”

***February 2018 UPDATE!!!***

Teams of volunteers have been going to local schools and having week-long painting experiences for the RUSD students and some Alvord Unified, Corona-Norco Unified, and charter school students, as well. During these painting events, all 4-6th grade, middle school, and high school students are encouraged to participate. It takes about 2-3 days to paint one sphere because they must be completely dry in order to rotate. Local PTA and other school volunteers have been helping the painting teams accomplish this huge artistic task.

Community members and local businesses have been asked to participate in the effort by underwriting giant spheres at a cost of $350 each. All the funds raised by ART FLOAT go back into art education and the programs of the Riverside Art Museum. Already 200 floats have been sponsored out of the nearly 400. After the event the giant spheres are returned to each sponsor or they can be donated to a school or community center for physical education or playtime.

To sponsor a sphere, click here.

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.

Art Float - Riverside Mother's Day Brunch: Sunday, May 13, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Art Float - Riverside Evening with Dan Bernstein: Friday, May 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Art Float - Riverside Family Day: Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Details for each event 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.


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