Cheech Marin. Photo: the Los Angeles Times.

California Allocates $9.7 Million for Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Museum

Nearly $10 million of the state of California’s $139 billion budget for 2018–19, which Governor Jerry Brown approved on Wednesday, June 27, is being awarded to a new museum dedicated to Chicano art, the Associated Press reports.

The brainchild of actor and collector Cheech Marin, the exhibition space will become the home of his seven-hundred-work collection. Marin has partnered with the city of Riverside, California, and the Riverside Art Museum, and has raised $3 million since unveiling his plans last year.

“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,” Marin said. “The Riverside community has made this dream a reality.”

Dubbed the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture, and Industry, the space will be located in a roughly sixty-thousand-square-foot refurbished building that used to house the city’s public library. It is scheduled to open in 2020.