Cheech Marin’s Riverside Chicano art center plans get $1 million boost

Source: The Press-Enterprise

The stroke of Gov. Jerry Brown’s pen this week put a planned Chicano art museum in Riverside a third of the way toward a $3 million fundraising goal.

The state budget Brown signed on Tuesday, June 27, included $1 million for creating the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry. Supporters say the money will make it easier to raise the rest.

Getting a significant contribution six weeks after the Riverside City Council signed off on the museum idea “is just a huge endorsement of the project. It’s showing that people want this,” Riverside Art Museum Executive Director Drew Oberjuerge said.

The downtown museum is a partner on the project and would run the Marin center.