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Healthy Living Poster Design Contest

Richmond Museum of History & Culture

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Healthy Living Poster Design Contest  

Prize $1,000

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Saturday 05/29/21 by 5:00 p.m. PST

The Richmond Museum of History & Culture invites submissions of posters with artwork in the theme of living healthy in the modern world. We encourage posters that promote the following themes: safe driving, healthy food & drink, safe sex, exercise, mental wellness, wear a mask/wash your hands, and/or brush your teeth. All subject matter that promotes a healthy lifestyle will be considered, so please be creative! We especially encourage posters that appeal to youth, teenagers and young adults.

The Museum will choose three winning designs and each artist with a winning design will be awarded a prize of $1,000. Contest winners will be notified via email by June 7, 2021.

The winning designs will be printed for the following purposes: 1) 50 posters will be distributed free to local community centers and schools and 2) 50 posters will be sold in the Museum gift shop. The winning designs will be included in an exhibit exploring the history of health and wellness in Richmond forthcoming in Fall 2021.

The contest is supported by a Neighborhood Public Art grant through the City of Richmond Arts & Culture Commission.

 

 

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SUBMISSION DIRECTIONS:

1) Create a submission with the following information:

  1. Artist’s Name: First name, Last name
  2. Contact Info: Mailing Address; Contact Phone Number; E-Mail Address
  3. Statement (100 words maximum)
  4. Send images as attachment (Jpeg only)
  5.  Required dimensions are 16”x 20”

2) EMAIL SUBMISSIONS to: melinda@richmondmuseum.org with subject line “2021 Healthy Living Poster Contest”

SUBMISSION TERMS & AGREEMENTS:

The Richmond Museum of History & Culture reserves the right to change or alter the schedule of this contest and/or exhibition at any time. Submission materials will not be returned to applicants and any files received by the museum will be deleted if not used in the exhibit.

Friday Family Programs!

Calling All Families!

The 2020/2021 academic school year has presented unique challenges for all families. The Richmond Museum of History & Culture (RMHC) is offering a virtual enrichment programs to help ease the burden of distance learning.

Friday Enrichment Programs

The RMHC is providing virtual drop-in programs on Fridays between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The program is intended to provide the opportunity for families to participate in enrichment programs on Fridays.? We encourage WCCUSD teachers and parents to incorporate the drop-in programs into your child’s plans for Friday after homeroom. The programs will include facilitated art projects that can be completed with materials often found in the household.

Tatiana Ortiz, Museum Educator

About the educator

Tatiana Ortiz is a local artist and educator from Richmond. She studied at Academy of Arts, San Francisco in Art education and is currently continuing her education in Art History. Tatiana has also written and illustrated her own children?s book. She has since started her own non-profit organization devoted to the advocacy of Children?s Art and Literacy in Contra Costa County. She continues her work, currently teaching Art at local schools, Richmond Art Center and Contra Costa College, teaching elementary age students. When she is not teaching, you can find Tatiana creating her own art, using polymer clay or acrylic paint. She continues to find innovative ways to challenge her skills and support the community she serves.

 

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Book your field trip today!

Calling All K-12 Teachers!

We are launching an exciting new Virtual Field Trip Program here at the Richmond Museum of History and Culture. We offer grade specific tours for students aged K-12 as well as companion lesson materials for teacher use. Include RMHC in your distance-learning toolkit!


Our extensive teacher guides tie in museum content with relevant CA Content Standards in the areas of History and Social Sciences as well as Speaking and Learning. They include in-depth background information and hands-on activities for topics including (but not limited to) local pre-colonial cultures, the Spanish missionary period, WWII industries, and the Black Panther movement. Additionally, we have the capacity to work with you to tailor tour content to your class?s specific needs.?

We will be launching this program in January of 2021, please feel free to book now to guarantee your spot! Virtual field trips can be booked any time during school hours, Mondays through Thursdays. Please indicate your interest in scheduling a virtual field trip by filling out this google form, RMHC Field Trip Request Form.?

If you have any additional questions, please contact our museum educator, Maya Colbert, at maya@richmondmuseum.org.

RMHC is Hiring!!

Richmond Museum of History & Culture

Position Announcement

Part Time Museum Educator

The mission of the Richmond Museum of History & Culture (RMHC) is to interpret, preserve and educate about local history in the greater Richmond, CA area. The Museum is housed in a Carnegie Library and owns a significant collection of historical material and documents related to local history. The permanent collection was established in 1950 and is comprised of a variety of materials including textiles, fine art, archaeological collections, historical artifacts, documents, photographs.

The RMHC was awarded funds through the Economic and Community Investment Agreement program to support the museum education program focused on local K-12 classrooms. In response to the COVID 19 epidemic the museum will develop a distance learning program with educational films and virtual tours of the museum exhibits.

Responsibilities

The Museum Educator(s) will be responsible for several tasks related to the distance education program including: collaborate with staff and videographer to create short educational films, refining the existing teachers guide, coordinating and implementing virtual field trips, conducting evaluations for students and teachers. The Community Engagement Manager is the lead on this project and the educator position reports directly to them.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor?s Degree in history, art, anthropology or related field
  • Teaching or Museum Experience desired
  • Interest California History
  • Local candidates preferred
  • BIPOC candidates strongly encouraged to apply

The position pays $15-$18 hourly and is 10-20 hours per week depending on teacher demand. The position lasts through the end of school year in June 2021. Successful candidate must pass a background check.

To apply please send a letter of interest, resume and three references in pdf format to Evelyn Santos Community Engagement Manager at Evelyn@richmondmuseum.org. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday August 7, 2020.

Press Release: Victor Arnautoff Mural

Restoring an Art Treasure: Richmond Industrial City Mural

It?s been a long journey for renowned artist Victor Arnautoff?s mural, Richmond Industrial City. The eye-catching mural, commissioned by the United States Treasury Section, hung in the Richmond Post office from 1941 until 1976 when it was taken down due to remodeling. Decades passed; the crate it was stored in went missing; and mural was eventually declared lost. Until a city custodial employee found it in 2014 in an unlit closet in the basement of the same Post Office.

Since then, Richmond Museum of History and Culture Director Melinda McCrary has worked tirelessly to raise funds to restore the mural. Those efforts are about to come to fruition with major help from Scott Haskins, Art Conservator and Author, and his team at Fine Art Conservation Laboratories. The mural has been with Haskins in Goleta, California since May 2020.

Haskins and his team were trained in Italy and have decades of experience restoring treasured art work. He?s careful to point out that they are not artists and they don?t do anything creative. What they do is painstaking labor that requires some detective work to determine what materials were used in the original art. And it is all done with a long term goal in mind.

?The art conservation process involves knowing what materials were used and how they react to the environment. When a paint company tells you this is their best quality of paint, they mean it will last 10 years. We think in terms of generations, a century. Everything we do has a long term process in mind,? says Haskins. He points out that the government?s goal in funding art like Arnautoff?s was to establish a legacy. ?It was meant to be the artistic imprint on our community,? he says.

While art restoration might make one think the restorers are painting over something, Haskins says they don?t even have oil paint in their laboratory. Instead they work with special paint that is made for art conservation that can be removed easily without damaging the original. They use cotton swabs and work with one color, one spot at a time. They are touching it up using a very small brush with just a few hairs, one dot of color at time. Then they apply varnish first with a brush and then a spray gun.

Haskins says the Richmond mural visually looks to be in good condition but ?the drama and the traumatic effect of taking it off the wall has taken its toll.? Especially because the glue used in those days is rock hard. And the mural needs to be cleaned. ?We?re looking to have zero impact on causing stress. We have to stabilize the painting from past stress,? he says.

Richmond?s Arnautoff mural presented interesting challenges. Haskins says that around World War II, there were many new inventions and the war prompted new technology: paints and varnishes, glues, resins, and paint for battle ships. Since war
needs got priority, Haskins said, ?If artists found a spare can of paint around, they used it. When we get into it, we don?t discount the fact that he could have done something different. We are hyper vigilant.?

Haskins shares Melinda McCrary?s commitment to preserving the mural, ?The idea of preserving our heritage and understanding our legacy is very important to the community,? he says ?Richmond doesn?t have a famous cathedral but we do have things that prompt our memory. People tell stories that perpetuate the valor and importance of the times. And this mural has a completely different effect than a picture in a book. It?s a panoramic mega view.?

Restoration of Richmond an Industrial City should be completed by September 2020. In the meantime, residents can see how many Richmond landmarks from the mural they can identify in the museum?s Trivia Game at www.richmondmuseum.org/mural. And Scott Haskins will take interested supporters inside his laboratory to see how the restoration is coming along. Donations to defray the cost of the restoration are welcome. More details at richmondmuseum.org or by email at melinda@richmondmuseum.org. # # #

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