Event Archives

​Event Archives - 2015 

Sunday, December 6 – First Sundays (1-4pm)
In the 1960s our featured artist Miné Okubo, inspired by happy memories of her childhood growing up in Riverside as well as her family traditions and history, painted whimsical pictures of cats, flowers and trees, and smiling children. Children used markers, cut paper, and pastels to recreate their favorite memory, relative, pet, and other treasured elements of their everyday lives.

Thursday, December 3 – Artswalk Screening of Philadelphia

In honor of World AIDS Day, Film Series sponsor Liebert Cassidy Whitmore chose to screen this classic film about a man (Tom Hanks) who is fired from his job because he has AIDS and hires an attorney (Denzel Washington) to sue his employer in a final struggle for justice.

Thursday, November 5 – Artswalk Screening of Alcatraz Is Not an Island
The Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Film Series honored Native American history month with this exploration of the occupation of Alcatraz from 1969 to 1971 by American Indian activists calling attention to the federal government’s failure to abide by the terms of its treaties with indigenous nations.

Sunday, November 1 – Firs Sundays (1-4pm)
The Center celebrated Dia de los Muertos by making calavera skull masks to wear.

Tuesday, October 27Screening of Delano Manongs
Followed by Q&A with Director Marissa Aroy at RCC In celebration of Filipino American History Month, Larry Itliong Day, and the 50th anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike, the Center hosted a screening of this documentary on the role of Filipinos in the creation of the United Farm Workers. 

Saturday, October 24 Volunteer Appreciation Reception 

August 29 through October 5 – A Class Action: The Grassroots Struggle for School Desegregation in California
This exhibit, on loan from the Museum of Teaching and Learning, explored the landmark 1947 Orange County lawsuit Mendez v. Westminster, which established the legal framework for the Supreme Court decision against segregated schools in Brown v. Board of Education. Presented in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and in conjunction with the Justice John G. Gabbert Historic Oral Argument and Lecture event celebrating the case on August 27th at the Riverside Court of Appeals. 

Sunday, October 4 First Sundays (1-4pm)
First Sundays at the Center returned for fall with a project to create modernist collages inspired by Matisse and Miné Okubo. 

Thursday, October 1 Artswalk screening of The Case Against 8
The Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Film Series continued with this gripping look at the legal efforts to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. 

Thursday, September 3Artswalk screening of A Class Apart The Center inaugurated the Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Film Series on “The Role of Law in American Society” with this fascinating documentary on Mexican American civil rights.

Thursday, August 6 - Artsw​alk screening of The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-1975
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Watts Uprising, a powerful documentary on the rise of the Black Power movement drawn from interviews by a team of Swedish journalists.

Thursday, July 2 - Artswalk screening of The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
A moving examination of the life of the famous Mexican artist and feminist icon. 

Saturday, June 27- Miné's Birthday (12pm-3pm)
Celebrate the 103rd birthday of artist, author, and Riverside native Miné Okubo with games, trivia, and special birthday treats!

Sunday May 10 Film Screening Screening: Hafu: The Mixed Race Experience in Japan
Showings at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm.
This remarkable multilingual documentary, screened in partnership with Riverside City College and UCR Extension’s International Education Programs, explores the lives of five people of mixed-race living in contemporary Japan as they daily live complicated questions of race, diversity, multiculturalism, nationality, and identity.




     Photo: Taken from First Sundays Event


Sunday, May 3 – First Sundays (1-4pm)
Our featured artist Miné Okubo loved to paint cats, and you will too in this fun craft! Take our outline of a crouching kitty and personalize it with paint, markers, stickers, googly eyes, and anything else you can imagine. Then name your feline creation and take it home with you!

Thursday, April 2 – Artswalk Screening of Skydancer 
A compelling examination of contemporary Native American life, this documentary follows the lives of Mohawk ironworkers moving between their families on the reservation and their jobs building Manhattan’s skyscrapers.

Thursday, March 5 – Artswalk Screening of Sisters of ‘77
In celebration of Women’​s History Month, the Center screened this documentary on the National Women’s Conference held in Houston in November 1977. Delegates to the conference adopted 26 resolutions addressing equal pay, rape, healthcare, minority rights, abortion, lesbian rights, and workplace discrimination.

Sunday, March 1 – First Sundays 
ORIGAMI PEACE CRANES Come to the Center to make your very own crane out of bright, richly decorated origami paper! These cranes symbolize peace and international friendship. Check out the Riverside Metropolitan Museum’s California Peace Crane Project

Thursday, February 5 –​ Artswalk Screening of Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed.
In 1972, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman to run for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States. The Center screened this compelling documentary on her historic campaign as part of its celebration of Black History Month. 

Sunday, February 1 - First Sundays
Be inspired by the abstract artworks of Miné Okubo! Create your own collages of geometric shapes and primary colors as you let your inner Modern artist out to play!​

Friday, January 31 - Approximately twenty international students from UCR Extension’s International Education Program toured the Center as part of an assignment on oral history.

Thursday, January 8 - More than 80 students from Sierra Middle School toured the Center to learn about art and social justice.

Sunday, January 4 - First Sundays
Celebrate the start of the Year of the Sheep with us! We’ll be making different adorable sheep crafts to take home, each with its own special New Year’s fortune to take with you through the rest of 2015.