$9.7 Million Allocated to “The Cheech” Museum in State Budget

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the 2018-19 state budget which allocates $9.7 million to support the development of the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry of the Riverside Art Museum, also known as “The Cheech.”

The Cheech will reside in the City of Riverside and be a permanent home for Cheech Marin’s collection of Chicano art, including paintings, sculptures, and photography, making it the most prominent collection of its kind in the U.S.

“I am thrilled that funding for the Cheech has been approved in the budget and grateful that the Governor and State Legislature recognize the importance of this Museum to Riverside and the entire region,” said Assemblymember Medina. “I have worked closely with Mayor Rusty Bailey, the City of Riverside, the Riverside Art Museum, and Cheech Marin for the past year to galvanize the development of this project and am thankful for their tremendous work and leadership.  For too long, the story of Latinos and their contributions to the arts have been overlooked. The Cheech will help bring the real stories and rich history of the Latino community to all Californians.”

“I have dreamed for many years of finding a home for the hundreds of pieces of art that I have spent much of my life collecting, protecting and showing, when possible, at major museums around the world,” said Cheech Marin. “The Riverside community has made this dream a reality, and I am overjoyed that this incredible museum will open in the heart of a community I have come to know and love.”

The fundraising effort known as “Reach for the Cheech” has surpassed its first goal set a year ago. With these new funds allocated into the state budget, The Cheech has raised close to $13 million thus far which will help transform Riverside’s existing Main Library into a world-class arts facility.


Contact: Kelly Reynolds (916) 319-2061