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How to Become a Sponsor


Individual Sponsorships

One-Sphere Sponsor: $350

When you participate in Riverside’s largest community art project by sponsoring a sphere, you get to determine who will receive it when the public display is over. You can choose to keep it or donate it to a school, community center, or City Park and Rec playground of your choice. You will be listed a “Sphere” sponsor in our program and invited to all events throughout Art Float – Riverside.

Three-Sphere Sponsor: $1,000

Receive all of the above times three. In addition, you will receive two tickets to our Launch Party on May 11, 2018, your name in all programs and triple the tax deduction (to the extent of the law)! Best of all, you’ll be helping the Riverside Art Museum with their mission-driven programs, including Art-to-Go, the in-school art education program for K-8thgrade children.

Business Sponsorships

Businesses who choose to underwrite Art Float – Riverside will be featured on all signage, brochures, banners, and programs! All advertisements, press releases and media announcements will also highlight our business friends and their logos. All gifts are tax-deductible donations to the Riverside Art Museum and benefit their on-going programs, including art education in schools.


Big Publicity


Bigger Publicity

EGRET LEVEL: $10,000

Biggest Publicity

Click here to choose your Sponsorship Level and pay.

About Our Event

Teams of volunteers have been going to local schools and having week-long painting experiences for the RUSD students and some Alvord Unified, Corona-Norco Unified, and charter school students, as well. During these painting events, all 4-6th grade, middle school, and high school students are encouraged to participate. It takes about 2-3 days to paint one sphere because they must be completely dry in order to rotate. Local PTA and other school volunteers have been helping the painting teams accomplish this huge artistic task.

Community members and local businesses have been asked to participate in the effort by underwriting giant spheres at a cost of $350 each. All the funds raised by ART FLOAT go back into art education and the programs of the Riverside Art Museum. Already 200 floats have been sponsored out of the nearly 400. After the event the giant spheres are returned to each sponsor or they can be donated to a school or community center for physical education or playtime. 

To sponsor a sphere, click here.

Key Dates

Public Viewing: May 11 - June 1, 2018


Friday, May 11, 2018, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Redwood Street Bridge, $25/person (Sponsors of $1000 or greater to receive complimentary tickets.) Casual attire. Outside, in the evening, so please dress accordingly.

We're having a party! Come for the 5:30 p.m. "ribbon-cutting" with Mayor Bailey and other dignitaries, and then take your complimentary wine glass on a wine-tasting, food-nibbling, music-filled walk while the sun sets on the Art Float spheres and creates a magical display.

Click here to purchase tickets. 

No refunds. Proceeds benefit exhibitions, education, and programming at the Riverside Art Museum. 



The Amy S. Harrison MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH (in honor of her mother, Lois Sloan, Sculptor)

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lakeside Room at Stewarts Boathouse, $50/person (93 reservations available at max; we cannot accommodate children under 5 years old)

Treat mom and guests to a delightful day. Enjoy a lovely served brunch by UCR Citrus Grove Catering, be entertained by Apex Barbershop Quartet, and gaze at lovely views of the lake. Mom won't have to lift a finger!

Click here to purchase tickets.

No refunds. Proceeds benefit exhibitions, education, and programming at the Riverside Art Museum.


This event is sponsored by: 

Amy S. Harrison




Friday, May 18, 2018, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Isaac Walton Building, $35/person (80 reservations available at max)

Dan Bernstein, well-known local Press-Enterprise columnist, humorist, trombone-player, and whistling expert treats us to an evening of wit and fun, while dinner is served by Habanero's Mexican Grill. Beer and margaritas will be served.

SOLD OUT! Thank you.

No refunds. Proceeds benefit exhibitions, education, and programming at the Riverside Art Museum. 


This event is sponsored by:  

Windemere Tower Properties FAMILY ART DAYA IN THE PARK

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., near the playground and carousel, free to attend (tickets available for purchase on-site to participate in select art-making activities while supplies last)

Bring your family and friends to see the Art Float spheres and have a fun-filled day at the park! Enjoy activities (like giant bubble making, colorful kite making, splatter painting, etc., while supplies last), bring your own picnic lunch and listen to live music, play outdoor games, and more!

UPDATE: Enjoy the following community activities for free:

  • enjoy an outdoor game of croquet, giant bowling, or hula hooping;

  • get ready to rumble in the Battle of the Drawings with artist and Division 9 Gallery owner Cosme Cordova;

  • take a seat to reflect and write using nature-inspired prompts with Inlandia Institute;

  • check out the unique sculpture made out of found objects by Tios Tacos owner Martin Sanchez;

  • enjoy musical performances coordinated by RUSD;

  • learn about water conservation from the City of Riverside;

  • say hello to the City's Parks & Recreation Department;

  • spin the Windermere Tower Properties wheel at the sponsor table; and

  • sit in a Riverside Fire Truck and honk the horn and hear the siren (12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

No refunds on day-of sales. Proceeds benefit exhibitions, education, and programming at the Riverside Art Museum.


This event is sponsored by:  


Free and open to everyone, all you have to do is depict the wonder and excitement of Art Float - Riverside through a painting, drawing, or photo. It's easy to enter for the chance to win cash and prizes, and have your creative work displayed at the art museum and at Altura branch offices across the city.

Click here for contest info, rules, and the application!


This contest is sponsored by:

Art Float - Riverside

May 11 - June 2, 2018

The Riverside Art Museum (RAM), in collaboration with the City of Riverside’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD), will host a signature community art event that will involve hundreds of huge, floating, hand-painted spheres in Lake Evans at Fairmount Park. Called Art Float – Riverside, the project is patterned after one staged a few years ago by Portraits of Hope in Los Angeles. The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, the volunteer fundraising group of RAM, is spearheading the event that will take place in May 2018. When complete, the floating artwork will feature over 350 hand-painted spheres that will float in Lake Evans for a three-week festival.

Each plastic sphere is six feet in diameter and will be brightly painted by schoolchildren at 48 RUSD schools. After being painted, the spheres will be launched in Lake Evans at Fairmount Park and will float as a huge piece of community art. During the time the spheres will be in the lake, there will be multiple events for the public to enjoy.

“This will be a signature event in Riverside,” says Lucile Arntzen, incoming RAM Board President. “It will allow everyone free access to a unique kind of community art.”

Art Float – Riverside chairwoman, Kathy Allavie, says that one of the unique aspects of the project is the involvement of thousands of schoolchildren throughout the city. Allavie, who also sits on the RUSD Board of Trustees, is excited to bring the art experience into the schools. “Our painting teams will be visiting each school and letting the children participate in the process,” says Allavie. “I know that when they see the spheres floating colorfully in the lake they will be thrilled to have had a hand in its creation.”

Art Float – Riverside is also a fundraiser for the museum. Allavie is hoping to have 350 spheres sponsored by community members for $350 each. After the event, the sponsors can keep the painted spheres or have them donated to a school, library, or community center. The money raised by the project will return to RAM’s mission-driven programs, including their award-winning art education program called Art-to-Go. Art-to-Go delivers art education directly to each classroom with age-appropriate projects and lessons given by qualified art instructors.  RUSD has engaged the museum to deliver around 3,700 art classes in all their elementary schools, K-6th, this coming year.


For more information about Art Float – Riverside call Kathy Allavie at (951) 784-7377 or email

Thank you to our generous sponsors:










































Albert A. Webb Associates

Brad Alewine

Kathy and John Allavie

James Antoyan - JLA Real Estate Group

Lucile Arntzen

​Blue Banner Packing

Craig Blunden

Jill and Gordon Bourns

Carol and Nick Brown

Kathy and Gary Christmas

Betty Dixon

Ellen and Clarence Peterson Foundation

Sandra and John Fay

Fritts Ford

Jeff Clark Heavy Equipment Repair, Inc., Michelle and Jeff Clark

Lucy and Frank Heyming

Georgia L. Hill

HUB International

Piper Jaffray

Francisca and Eric Johnson

S. Sue Johnson

Jeannene and Kevin Kelly

Assemblyman Jose Medina

Laura and Matt Merickel

Neff Construction, Inc.

Debby and Ken Phillips

The Ransom-McKenzie Team

Riverside Education Enrichment Foundation (REEF)

Riverside Optimist Club

Stronghold Engineering, Inc.

Stuart Family

U. S. Congressman Mark Takano

Launa Wilson and Chad Young

Kathy Wright & Dwight Tate

Windermere Tower Properties/Collette Lee


Jamie and Raul Aballi

Ashley and Jose Alcala

Alcott Elementary PTA

Ann Alden

Doreen and Mike Alewine

Jaclyn Allavie

Paula and David Allbeck

Lorraine and Richard Anderson


Art Alliance Sustainer Friends

Kathy Arthur

The Arts Area - Inland Empire Arts Directory

Eileen and Stephen Ashwal

Baccarella Insurance Services, Inc.

Lori and Bryan Backstrom

Carolyn Badger

Mayor Rusty Bailey

The Bailey Family

Pam and Mark Balys

Debbie Barles and Scott Zohlman

Jane and Joe Barr

Kathy and Matt Barth

Michael Bates -- Merrill Lynch

Drs. Brad Baum and Carla Lidner Baum

Sally and Chuck Beaty

Benjamin Franklin Elementary

Ellie and Richard Bennett

Judy Berg

Candia and Dan Bernstein

Ileana and Timothy Black

Kathy and Dave Bocian

Linda and Ted Boecker

Sharon and Cal Boothby

Geraldine Bowden

Gary Bowman -- Bowman Financial Svcs.

Selina and Phillip Bremenstuhl

Kristen Bristow

Vicki Broach and Tim Kelley

Bud’s Tire Pros

Christine Cahraman, Attorney at Law

Cannon Management

Quinn Alexandra Castellino

Erin Christmas

Citrus Hills Middle Schoo

Citizens United for Resources and the Environment, Inc. (“CURE”)

Suzy and Gary Clem

The Community Foundation 

Irene Conable

Jessica L. Cook and Nicholas A. Konoske

Nancy L. Cox and Kathy Schulz

Phyllis and Jim Crabtree

Elizabeth and Stephen Cunnison


Donna and Dr. Tom Davis

Matthew Davis

Clyde Derrick

Desiree's Designs

Susan and Jim Dieterich

J. L. and Frankie Dietzman

DLR Group

Downtown Area Neighborhood Alliance

Sharon A. Duffy

Margo and Bud Dutton

Barbara Ermert-The Spa @ Canyon Crest

Marcia and Tom Evans

Dr. Angelov Farooq

Sandra J. Ferguson

Virginia and Charlie Field

Fiesta Village Family Fun Park

First Thursday Book Club

Fremont Elementary School PTA

Patti and David Funder

Gage Retirees

Councilmember Mike Gardner, Ward 1

Gillian and Larry Geraty

Mary Anne and Paul Gill

Cheryl and Dayton Gilleland 

Dorothy and Dr. Anthony Ginter

Dr. Ray Glendrange, Riverside Eye Specialists

Gless Ranch

Rene Glynn and Dan Benner

Deirdre and Rich Goeman

Rebeccah Goldware and Larry Burn

Gortner Family

Ann and Jerry Grell/Jag Ranch Services

Adam Guzkowski

Nicole Ha and Dianne Ha

Richard Haller

Diane and Dave Hansen

Happily Retired BRINKs

Mark E. Harris

Harrison Elementary School PTA

Haupt-Wadding Family

Barbara and Dr. Fred Havens

Vickie and Brian Hawley

Cathy and Toby Holmes

Barbara and Jeff Holshouser

Jacqueline and Andrew Hopper

Geri and Tom Hunt

Inland Empire Blue Belles

Inland Empire Magazine 

In Memory of Mrs. Lou R. Ulrich 

Jefferson Elementary PTA

Jeni, Paul and Ashley

John W. North High School

Shelley and Bob Kain 

Maureen Kane & Associates, Inc.

Cathy and Steve Kienle

Kiwanis Club of Riverside

Kiwanis Club of Uptown Riverside

Monette and Warren Klure

Robert H. Krain, M.D. 

Sari and Owen Kustner

Georgia and Christopher Kutch

La Noria Market

Lahr Family​

Lake Mathews Elementary

Dee and Dennis Lause

Law Offices of Brian C. Pearcy, APC

Lauren Lee

 Peggy and Arthur Littleworth

LIVE NATION - FOX Performing Arts Center

LIVE NATION - Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Patricia Lock-Dawson and Scott Dawson

Elizabeth Lossing and William Nicoletti

Marsha and Ron Loveridge

Peggy Luebs

Councilmember Chris MacArthur, Ward 5

Mary and Sperry MacNaughton

Tami and Steve Maio

Bailey and Alexander Mann

Mark Twain Elementary School PTA

Gregory Marrujo, M.D.

Matthew Gage Middle School PTA

Ann and Pat McDonnell

Pauline and Bill McGuigan

Marcia McQuern

Ann Marie and Councilmember Andy Melendrez

Eilleen and Jim Milam

Joan Miller

Patricia Miller

Fran and Bob Moerke

Monster Media, Inc.

Patricia and Keith Moorman

Cathy and Steve Morford

Dennis Morgan -- Inland Pacific Advisors, Inc.

Linda K. Mullen

Shannon Murphy and John Conrad


Jennifer, Damien and Marleigh O’Farrell

Korinne and Thomas Ortega

Michelle Ouellette

Betty and Walter Parks

Jenny and Tim Pietro

Kathy and Phil Pitchford

Professional Growth System, A Division of RUSD

Project T.E.A.M.

Gloria and Dallas Rabenstein

Lori and Tom Raffy

Raincross Readers Bookclub

Sue Rainey and John Collins

RAM Staff

Jinnefer and Robert Razo

Re-Elect Brent Lee, RUSD Trustee

John Rezaei Dental

Residents for Responsible Representation
Emmanuelle and Morey Reynolds

Patricia Reynolds

Todd Ridgway, C21 Lois Lauer

Riverside Air Service, Inc.

Riverside Community Health Foundation

The Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau

Riverside Downtown Partnership

Riverside East Rotary Club 

Riverside Personnel Services

Riverside Police Foundation

Riverside Truck & Equipment, Inc.

Riverside Woman's Club

Rotary Club of Riverside

Cindy and Richard Roth

Susan Rothermund and Robert Harris

Phyllis and Arnold Rowe

Ruhnau Clarke Architects

Rosie Russell

Melissa and John Russo

Camille Sanders and Tom Powell

Sandy and Bill Schnack

Margaret G. Scott

The Scrappy Sisters Scrapbook Group, Supporting CSDR in the Art Float Project

Joan and Gary Semonella

Sandy and Wayne Sheppard

Sue and Rich Simonin

Robin and Paul Sinkhorn

Leslie Slamal/Jill and Tim Peterson

Cookie Smith

Maria F. and Thomas Smith

Sarah Smith

Carole Stadelbacher

Janice Stolzy

David St. Pierre

Leslie A. Swor

Irma Tandingan and Grenia Arceo

Taylor's Appliance

Teaman, Ramirez & Smith, Inc. 

Tesselle Cement Tiles - Daniel & Karin Jeske

Terre and Bill Thomas

Thompson & Colegate LLP

Kathryn Uhrich and Jeffrey Holmes

Louise and Hans van Delft

VNA California 

Athena and David Waite

Cathleen and Terry Walling

Carole and Jim Ward

Sandy Webb

Western Rehab/LaVonne Dodge

Susan and Les Whittaker

Todd Wingate

Kyley and Steven Ybarra

Billie Yeager

Kristi and Jacques Yeager

Hedy Zikratch-Tyson and Jimmie Tyson

A special thank you to Vista PaintSmokey Canyon BBQ, D'Elia's Grinders, Migliore Gourmet Foods, Jammin' Bread Bakery and Cafe, and Nothing Bundt Cakes - Riverside!

Thank you to our collaborating partners for this community art event:


Amy S. Harrison

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