Expanding on the Miné Okubo Collection, history and the arts, and social justice in the Inland Empire…

Expanding the Frame

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We have been busy here at the Center working to expand our public access and programming! Beginning tomorrow, we will be piloting new weekday hours for the month of May – we’ll be open every Wednesday from noon to 2pm. So if you are looking to beat the heat downtown on your lunch break, stop in and check out our temperature-controlled collections!

We will also be open for Artswalk this week, on Thursday May 1st from 6-9pm. What better way to celebrate May Day than visiting the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties and exploring the art and history of activism in the IE?

This coming Sunday, May 4th, we’ll be open from 1-4pm as part of our very first “First Sundays” – a monthly program of family-friendly offerings put on by Riverside’s downtown museums. Bring the kids by to discover how to MAKE MODERN ART! Miné painted everything from portraits to abstract geometric shapes – plus lots of squirrels and cats! – so join us as we become modern artists too, creating neo-impressionist watercolors, geometric collages, and whatever else your imagination and Miné’s colorful canvases inspire your little ones to create.

We are very excited to be participating in the Smithsonian’s “Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America” photography project on Saturday May 10th (). Visit the Center between 10am and 4pm to be photographed as part of this global snapshot in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage month. Take a picture with Miné, or bring down your own family photos and keepsakes to create an image around. We’ll take the shot, forward it to you, and submit it to the Smithsonian for possible inclusion in their exhibit. It’s a fun way to honor our heritage while also building community in the present day.

Keep an eye on this space for more information about upcoming programs, including an Artswalk film series exploring intersections between art and social justice. And remember that we are open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm, so pay us a visit!


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