Arts Outreach Program Funded for 2014-2015

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Bettye Miller and published in UCR Today on July 14, 2014.)

The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, UC Riverside’s premier arts outreach program, has been awarded $555,000 by the Max H. Gluck Foundation to fund a 19th year of arts programs in Inland Empire schools, senior centers and other community venues.

Kate Alexander, center, leads a taiko drumming performance at the final show of the Gluck Summer Camp in June. Photos by Christine Leapman

Kate Alexander, center, leads a taiko drumming performance at the final show of the Gluck Summer Camp in June. Photos by Christine Leapman

“We are grateful to the Gluck Foundation for their continued support of this program,” said Christine Leapman, program coordinator at UCR. The Gluck Foundation is very interested in creating opportunities for women and disadvantaged minorities in the areas of health, education, creativity and culture. We’re very proud that we reflect those values in our workshops, and with our fellows and the constituencies they serve.”

The renewal of this grant will fund program costs for the 2014–15 year, including fellowships for more than 115 graduate and undergraduate students who conduct workshops in art, creative writing, dance, history of art, music, and theater.  This is exactly the kind of program that makes Riverside a Location of Choice.

In 2013–14, Gluck fellows conducted 711 workshops that were attended by more than 36,500 people in venues ranging from public schools and senior centers to the Riverside Art Museum and UCR, which hosts school visits and a popular summer arts camp. The Gluck Fellows Program began in 1996.

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Fellows who travel to schools are writing workshop curricula that fulfill Common Core requirements, Leapman said, which educators find helpful as they look to the arts to engage students while also satisfying state curriculum mandates.

New in 2014–15 will be the launch of GluckTV, a series of 12 short films from Gluck events at UCR that will be available on YouTube. Proposed by Gluck director and media and cultural studies professor Erika Suderburg, the student-produced films will provide information about workshops that are available to schools and other groups.

The Los Angeles-based Max H. Gluck Foundation was developed to support education and the arts. It funds programs that address the educational, health, cultural, and creative needs of the underserved.

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La Sierra Celebrates Student Research

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Darla Martin Tucker, published in La Sierra News on June 10, 2014.)

Research Emphasis Week at La Sierra University has been a model of seizing our destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. Riverside is working everyday to embrace intelligent growth within all facets of the community.  May 27th-30th was a time of discovery and a celebration of accomplishment at La Sierra University as undergraduate and graduate students gave dissertation and research talks, by presenting posters on their various projects.

Students Andrew Akamine and Andrew Moreno discuss their research poster with Divinity School professor Doug Clark. (Photos by Natan Vigna)

Students Andrew Akamine and Andrew Moreno discuss their research poster with Divinity School professor Doug Clark. (Photos by Natan Vigna)

Research Emphasis Week involved presentations from students in La Sierra’s various disciplines, musical recitals, doctoral dissertation presentations as well as the annual student research poster session and awards ceremony.

Students lined the hallways of both floors of the Thaine B. Price Science Complex, standing in front of their posters which outlined hypotheses and outcomes of their various experiments and surveys in psychology, archaeology, biology, neuroscience, health and exercise science, education, chemistry and biochemistry.

Psychobiology major Natalie Espinoza researched eyewitness memory and how emotion affects susceptibility. She hypothesized that negative emotions can cause greater susceptibility to misinformation and less accuracy; however research outcomes showed little difference between the impact on accuracy of positive, neutral and negative emotions. Outcomes also showed that individuals were more susceptible to misinformation that is spoken rather than written. 

Psychology major Vanessa Haro discusses her research poster with La Sierra University President Randal Wisbey.

Psychology major Vanessa Haro discusses her research poster with La Sierra University President Randal Wisbey.

Winners of the Library Undergraduate Research Prize were also presented with their awards during Research Emphasis Week. The competition is open to all graduate students who work with librarians through the research process to submit award-winning papers.

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Don’t Miss Restaurant Week In Riverside

(This article contains excerpts from riversideca.gov/dineriverside/)

Be sure to participate in Riverside Restaurant Week, and take advantage of all the great deals and discounts available.  Help support local restaurants and dine within the city.

Riverside Restaurant Week exemplifies seizing our destiny’s intelligent growth pillar.  Participating restaurants throughout the city are being highlighted to promote the great dining experiences  available to Riversiders.   Our city promotes an outstanding quality of life for all through intelligent growth.

Click here to see what restaurants are participating!

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When is Riverside Restaurant Week?

Friday, June 20, 2014 through Sunday, June 29th.

Do I need to register?

No, registration is not necessary. As you dine at each participating restaurant, just let them know you’re there for the Riverside Restaurant Week special! Reservations are encouraged for those restaurants that accept them.

Who is supporting the event?

The City of Riverside alongside Riverside Downtown Partnership and Arlington Business Partnership.

For more information on Riverside Restaurant Week, click here.

 

Wood Streets Green Team Encourages Riversiders To Use Local Transportation

(This article contains excerpts from woodstreetsgreenteam.wordpress.com.)

The Wood Streets Green Team encouraged people to get out of their cars and use public transportation for a Progressive Bus tour last Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Meeting at a local bus stop, participants rode a new, air conditioned RTA bus (with USB ports) to the Downtown Station on University.  One participant, Susan Fahrney, was overheard to say, “Riding the bus opens up a whole new perspective of our city! I love it!”   After a short walk to the Farmers Market on Main Street, people shopped and visited with the various vendors.

Memebers of the Wood Streets Green Team encouraging Riversiders to take advantage of local transportation.

Memebers of the Wood Streets Green Team encouraging Riversiders to take advantage of local transportation. Photo credit: Susan Fahnery

Next stop took them to Tio’s Tacos on Mission Inn across from the Downtown Bus Station.  As the group enjoyed tacos and wonderful agua fresca drinks, they listened to Stephanie Sanchez give a brief overview of how her parents started in the food industry and how the restaurant came into being.  Touring the acre of garden art made from recycled materials created by her father, Martin Sanchez, wrapped up the event.   After relaxing in the garden, the group crossed the street and grabbed the next bus back to the Wood Streets.

There will likely be other bus ride events scheduled in the future.  Especially for downtown events when parking and traffic is a challenge, the bus is a great alternative.  The Wood Streets Green Team would like to partner with other groups/events to plan more bus rides to encourage the use of public transportation.

The members of the Wood Streets Green Team exemplify seizing our destiny’s location of choice pillar by collaborating to build our community.  Finding new outlets for the community to engage in local activities and events is a valuable asset to any community.  The group is focused on encouraging all Riversiders to take advantage of the new public transportation.  Riverside is a location of choice and attracts creative, entrepreneurial, dynamic and diverse people as residents, workers, business owners and visitors.  Riverside has increasingly become the ‘location of choice’ for people and organizations from all over the world.

To read more about the Wood Streets Green Team, click here. 

UCR Student Films Premiere May 15th

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Bettye Miller, published in UCR Today on May 2, 2014)

Actor Danny Glover will discuss social justice issues and film May 18 as part of Media and Cultural Studies Student Film Festival

Films produced by students in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies will screen May 15.

Films produced by students in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies will screen May 15.

Student films that probe life, love and thorny social issues will premiere in UC Riverside’s 2nd Annual Media and Cultural Studies Student Film Festival that begins May 15 and concludes with an appearance by award-winning actor and humanitarian Danny Glover on May 18.

The event features the screening of 18 student films on Thursday, May 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the University Village 10 Theaters. Glover will discuss social justice issues and film on Sunday, May 18, at 12:30 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center, Ballroom A and B. Doors open for the film screenings at 6:30 p.m. The first 25 people to walk through the doors at the UV 10 Theaters will receive a free 46-ounce popcorn.

Glover will be in Riverside thanks to the efforts of Arizona State University professors C.A. Griffith and H.L.T. Quan. The Arizona scholars will interview him from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Griffith and Quan are co-directors of the award-winning film “Mountains that Take Wing.”

Both events are free and open to the public. An awards banquet for student filmmakers, faculty and staff will be held Friday, May 16.

The film students involved in the Media and Cultural Studies Student Film Festival exemplify the seizing our destiny pillar, location of choice.  Riverside is a location of choice and attracts creative, entrepreneurial, dynamic and diverse people as residents, workers, business owners and visitors.  Our community provides an abundance of opportunities to be amazed, inspired and entertained, including: arts and cultural offerings.  Riverside has increasingly become the ‘location of choice’ for people and organizations from all over the world.

 

La Sierra High Has 9 Winners In Press-Enterprise Art Show

(This article contains excerpts from an article published in the Press-Enterprise, by Stephen Wall on April 18, 2014.)

Some of the most talented young artists in the Inland area received awards at the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise Riverside County High School Art Show on Thursday, April 17, at the Riverside Art Museum.

Family and friends snap pictures of a winner during the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise High School Art Show awards reception Thursday, April 17, at the Riverside Art Museum. Photo Credit: Terry Pierson.

Family and friends snap pictures of a winner during the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise High School Art Show awards reception Thursday, April 17, at the Riverside Art Museum. Photo Credit: Terry Pierson.

Winners were announced in the categories of photography, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, acrylic/oil painting, watercolor, drawing in black and white, drawing in color, and graphic art. “Best of Show,” sponsorship awards and honorable mentions were also revealed.

The pieces were judged by a panel of four individuals involved in the local art community. Students from 31 schools in the county submitted 342 entries. La Sierra High School in Riverside had nine winners – the most of any school – while Murrieta Valley High School had the most entries at 34.

Gaston Andrade, a 17-year-old senior at Patriot High School in Jurupa Valley, took home the top overall “Best of Show” award, and a $200 check, for his acrylic/oil painting “PHS,” which stands for Patriot High School.

La Sierra High School teacher Mike Sheline snaps a picture of student Ricardo Pelayo with his sculpture "Ricardo's Garage" at the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise High School Art Show. Phot Credit: Terry Pierson

La Sierra High School teacher Mike Sheline snaps a picture of student Ricardo Pelayo with his sculpture “Ricardo’s Garage” at the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise High School Art Show. Phot Credit: Terry Pierson

Patrick Jang, 18, took home first prize in the mixed media category for “6/25 War. Korea.”  “It shows the Korean people’s resiliency after the war,” said the 18-year-old student at La Sierra Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist institution in Riverside.  The award-winning entries are displayed on the second floor of the museum. All other submissions are displayed in the Riverside Public Library’s Auditorium – Main Branch, on the second floor. Artwork is displayed at both locations through April 23. An online gallery is at: www.pe.com/student-art-show

Art Institute's Lulu Miao presents La Sierra Academy's Emilia Ramirez with The Art Institute of California's Sponsorship Award for her painting "Run Away" at the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise High School Art Show awards reception Thursday, April 17. Photo Credit: Terry Pierson

Art Institute’s Lulu Miao presents La Sierra Academy’s Emilia Ramirez with The Art Institute of California’s Sponsorship Award for her painting “Run Away” at the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise High School Art Show awards reception Thursday, April 17. Photo Credit: Terry Pierson

The art show put on by The Press-Enterprise is a great representation of what makes Riverside a location of choice. Riverside is one of the most inspiring, livable, healthy and adventurous cities to live in or visit. Our community provides an abundance of opportunities to be amazed, inspired and entertained, including arts and cultural offerings.

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Artist Spotlight: Stacee Tweedlie

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Patrick Brien published in the Press Enterprise on March 10, 2014)

                                                                                                                                                                                            /CONTRIBUTED IMAGE Stacee Tweedlie, seen here in December 2013, teaches musical theatre classes through the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at the Orange Terrace Community Center.

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Stacee Tweedlie, seen here in December 2013, teaches musical theatre classes through the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at the Orange Terrace Community Center.

Stacee Tweedlie remembers the specific moment when a teacher’s love for musical theatre opened her eyes to a whole new set of possibilities. That is the moment she decided to become a teacher. “I knew right then I wanted to be that person for someone,” she says with a smile. “I wanted to share my love of theatre with kids and help them see that it’s more than just singing, dancing and acting. Theatre is teamwork, social skills, life lessons and, most importantly, fun.”

While still pursuing her BA in Theatre Education at Cal State Fullerton, Tweedlie began teaching private singing lessons and working at various children’s theatres in Orange County. After graduating and moving back to Riverside, where she had grown up, Tweedlie established her own studio, the Tweedlie Center for the Arts. She also began teaching musical theatre classes through the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at the Orange Terrace Community Center.

 /CONTRIBUTED IMAGE   This April 2013 production of "Aristocats" was held at the Orange Terrace Community Center in Riverside where Stacee Tweedlie teaches musical theatre classes.

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This April 2013 production of “Aristocats” was held at the Orange Terrace Community Center in Riverside where Stacee Tweedlie teaches musical theatre classes.

Tweedlie talks about how her dream is not for her students to end up on Broadway. She says “I just want theatre and the arts to make a positive impact in their lives,” she says. “Whether they do one show with me or every single one until they leave for college, I hope that each student’s time spent in my classroom helps them become a better, more well-rounded and well-spoken, independent individual. Anything beyond that is a bonus.” Tweedlie, is also a performer with an extensive list of credits that includes such companies as Candlelight Pavilion, Downey Civic Light Opera and Huntington Beach Playhouse, believes that it is important to continue performing in order to remain relevant for her students. Shows in which she has appeared include “Seussical” (Gertrude), “The Full Monty” (Susan) and “Company” (Marta). She is also currently stage managing the Gestalt Theatre Project production of Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things,” which opens in April at The Box in downtown Riverside.I love working with kids, but there is something amazing about watching experienced actors in their element, especially in such a cool place as The Box,” says Tweedlie. “Not to mention I am quite a fan of Neil LaBute and the play, itself.”

It is individuals like Tweedlie who are demonstrating their love of theatre and arts, which reflects in her passion for community involvement. She says, “I’d also like to become more involved with the city of Riverside”. “I am falling in love all over again with this town. Our downtown area is becoming even more magical with the new convention center, The Box and all the great new restaurants, plus the Mission Inn. I want to help make sure that continues.” For more information on Stacee Tweedlie or the Tweedlie Center for the Arts, visit www.TCARiverside.com. To read the full article click here.

Mission Inn Ranked In Conde Nast Traveler Magazine

(This article contains excerpts from from an article by Richard K. De Atley, published in the Press-Enterprise on February 28th, 2014.)

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside has scored three times recently with Conde Nast Traveler magazine.  In the publication’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, with nearly 80,000 taking part in the survey, the historic inn made the Top 25 list in the highly competitive best hotel list for Southern California.

Kimber Licitra, a receptionist, stands in Kelly's Spa at the Mission Inn on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa scores with Conde Nast Traveler magazine's reader poll: No. 25 in the Top 25 list of best hotels in Southern California; No. 10 in the top 50 best spas in the world, according to the November 2013 issue.  Photo Credit: Kurt Miller

Kimber Licitra, a receptionist, stands in Kelly’s Spa at the Mission Inn on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa scores with Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s reader poll: No. 25 in the Top 25 list of best hotels in Southern California; No. 10 in the top 50 best spas in the world, according to the November 2013 issue. Photo Credit: Kurt Miller

 

It’s in the company of Beverly Hills’ The Peninsula (No. 1) and L’Ermitage (No. 7) ; Los Angeles’ Hotel Bel-Air (No. 3); Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas (No. 22) ; and San Diego’s Tower 23 Hotel, which missed matching its name by coming in at No. 24 . The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa was No. 25.  A separate survey for Top 50 Hotel Spas in the United States has Kelly’s Spa at the Mission Inn rated No. 10. The Readers’ Choice Awards were announced in November.

The magazine more recently recommended The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa as a romantic vacation proposal destination, where suitors can arrange for a walk along the inn’s rotunda staircase that winds up at a small table with candles, champagne and roses for popping the question as flowers rain down.  All of the outstanding rankings, and vast selection of sites and activities at the historic Mission Inn, make this destination a true location of choice.  In the heart of Riverside, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is an elegant place where anyone can go relax and have a good time.

The inn’s largest draw has been the annual Festival of Lights, a Thanksgiving week-through-New Year’s celebration. The 21st edition featured 4 million lights decorating the inn along with holiday-motif characters on its balconies. An estimated 50,000 people attended the fireworks opening, and the festival attracted shoulder-to-shoulder crowds during its run.

Duane Roberts, co-owner and CEO, also moved to add restaurants to the inn’s standing lineup of the Mission Inn Restaurant and the Presidential Lounge. Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood just earned its 18th consecutive AAA four-diamond rating, which Roberts believes is unmatched.

The inn “is not a chain operation, so we are able to do special things, and we are able to do things the way we want to,” Duane Roberts said.

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Remodeled Convention Center Brings High Hopes

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Alicia Robinson, published in The Press-Enterprise on February 14th, 2014)

Riverside’s renovated convention center hasn’t yet opened but is already eliciting the “wows” city leaders hoped for in 2012 when they ponied up an extra $4.6 million dollars for a more attractive design.  A large scale renovation of the Riverside convention center has been long overdue, and on March 1st, 2014 the new convention center is scheduled to open it’s doors.  Loaded with state of the art technology and high end capabilities, the convention center will become a choice for new markets such as biomedical and pharmaceutical conventions, financial services events and corporate meetings. We will have the opportunity to showcase the City as a location of choice to many new visitors.

Now it sports a custom chandelier hanging in the 66-foot-high glass entry tower, a 40 percent larger exhibit hall, building-wide Wi-Fi and hundreds of smart phone charging stations, giving city and tourism officials hope that the center has everything a 21st century convention needs.

Photo credit: Kurt Miller/ staff photographer

Photo credit: Kurt Miller/ Staff Photographer

Riverside officials had been planning for nearly a decade to update the convention center, which opened in 1976 and had its last major touch-up in the late 1990s.  “It was a little worn before,” said Councilman Mike Gardner, who represents downtown.

Officials have said they got complaints about inadequate restrooms and a lack of “breakout rooms” for smaller sessions, and the center didn’t meet current earthquake standards. It also had a boxy, nearly windowless, dated design that didn’t command attention.

The redesigned center has a larger exhibit hall, two ballrooms, more small meeting rooms, a modern kitchen, a glass-walled entry tower, and the first escalator in a Riverside city building. Officials with the city and Raincross Hospitality Corp. said the furnishings – cherry wood paneling and a variety of carpet patterns in brown, beige and colonial blue – are meant to evoke a boutique hotel.

Photo Credit: Kurt Miller/ Staff Photograpgher

Photo Credit: Kurt Miller/ Staff Photographer

Riverside officials are banking on the kind of results Palm Springs has seen, after a $34 million upgrade completed in 2005.  Business has come back stronger than ever after dipping in 2008 and 2009 due to the recession, said James Canfield, executive director of the Palm Springs Convention Center and the city’s bureau of tourism.

Riverside Convention Center officials expect the upgrade puts them in a better position to compete with convention centers in Ontario and Pasadena and the Pechanga Resort & Casino near Temecula. They also say it enables them to go after a higher caliber of events.

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