Author: Angelia S. Rico

Director Lee Snelgrove leaving One Columbia SC arts group

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Lee Snelgrove is leaving One Columbia for Arts and Culture to become the new arts and culture manager at Richland Library.

The end of an era has arrived for a key Columbia arts organization.

One Columbia for Arts and Culture Executive Director Lee Snelgrove said Monday morning that he will be be leaving that city-backed arts-promoting nonprofit. Snelgrove has led the organization since 2013.

Snelgrove’s last day at One Columbia will be April 22. He is set to start a new job as the arts and culture manager for Richland Library.

One Columbia has hired Margie Johnson Reese,

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Opinion: Arts and culture are leading Portland’s revival

Carmen Rubio and Mingus Mapps

Rubio, a Portland city commissioner, serves as the city’s arts and culture commissioner. Mapps, a Portland city commissioner, serves as the city’s liaison to Travel Portland and the Portland Film Office. Both joined the Portland City Council in 2021.

Over the past few months, we’ve had the privilege and joy of attending live, in-person arts events: “The Chinese Lady” play, opening night of the Oregon Symphony, Pink Martini’s Valentine’s Day show and the new Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.

We’ve been in good company.

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Explore art and the world at RAM Saturdays

Petra Radcliffe (far right) discusses why African masks are worn and launches the RAM Saturdays attendees’ creative journeys on March 5.

Petra Radcliffe (far right) discusses why African masks are worn and launches the RAM Saturdays attendees’ creative journeys on March 5.

The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Ave., has brought back RAM Saturdays, its popular make-and-take art program. Families can now choose between two sessions: 12-1 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. The theme this year is world cultures.

Petra Radcliffe, a lifelong artist who assists with the education program at RAM, is thrilled with the new format. “With the two sessions, we can focus more on the craft we’re doing and have something a little more in-depth, because I

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Thanks to Cheech Marin, Two California Museums Are Getting an Influx of Chicano Art

Cheech Marin can’t help but crack wise about his decades-old habit of acquiring art. “Unfortunately, it’s a mania,” he says. “It’s an addiction: My name is Cheech, and I’m an art collector.”

Improbable as it may sound, Marin, half of the iconic duo Cheech & Chong, who spun stoner shtick into comedy gold in the 1970s and ’80s, is widely considered the world’s preeminent collector of Chicano art. Thanks to his gift of roughly 500 pieces from this trove, the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture—or “the Cheech”—will open its doors in Riverside, Calif., in June.

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