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Exciting December Events at the Center!

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The Center will be screening David Weissman’s documentary, We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco on December 4th in honor of World AIDS Day as part of the Artswalk film series.  Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, We Were Here offers a hauntingly beautiful tribute to an era of tremendous suffering, loss, and resilience.  It will be screened at 6:00pm and again at 7:45pm in the Center’s media vault.  Admission is free but seating is limited, so please call 951-222-8846 or email socialjustice@rccd.edu to reserve your spot!

This documentary is one of the first to reflect on the impact of AIDS in San Francisco. We get a glimpse of how the city and its people were affected by, and how they responded to, the epidemic. While the documentary is based in San Francisco it also extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to meet difficult challenges, and to the incredible power of a community when it comes together with love, compassion, and determination.

The Artswalk film series continues in the New Year, celebrating Black History Month on February 5th with Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed, and Women’s History Month on March 5th with a screening of Women of ’77.

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On December 7th we will be hosting a holiday card-decorating party for kids and families from 1:00-4:00pm as part of the First Sundays program offered by downtown museums and cultural institutions. This is an excellent opportunity for families to engage in art and get in the holiday spirit!

Cards printed with a template of one of Miné Okubo’s own charming holiday prints will be available for decoration with crayons, markers, stickers, feathers, and more! It’s a great opportunity for kids to employ their imagination and families to enjoy some creative fun and holiday tunes. Admission and supplies are free.

First Sundays is a seasonal series of free family programs featuring different activities for children and teens at seven locations in downtown.  Sponsored by the Riverside Arts Council.

This post was written by Cynthia Mosley.


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