While the work of CauseConnect is intentionally behind the scenes (because the clients and the projects are first and foremost), we are proud of the public work handled by our firm over the past 20 years. In particular, Melissa Richardson Banks has worked with client Cheech Marin to manage his Chicano art collection since 2003.
Marin has amassed an amazing array of artworks, which will serve as the foundation on which the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum will build for generations to come. Artwork donations and eventually, acquisitions supported by donors and grants, will supplement his collection in the future, and further bolster The Cheech. Since 2005, CauseConnect has organized, marketed, and toured over 13 museum exhibitions — including Papel Chicano Dos — drawn from Cheech’s collection (in addition to editing, marketing, and publishing four art books!), which have toured more than 50 venues across the United States and beyond.
That being said, the last venue of our nationally touring Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Cheech Marin Collection is ending its run with a stop at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center of Colorado College. After the exhibition closes in Colorado on June 26, 2021, the artwork will return to its new home at the national Cheech Center in Riverside, California. This last exhibition has special meaning as Papel Chicano Dos is the one that sparked interest in Cheech’s collection by the City of Riverside after it attracted record attendance during its 2017 presentation at Riverside Art Museum. The partnership with RAM and the City of Riverside is an excellent one for all involved, and later today, after four years of working together, we will jointly release a major announcement.
Check this video posted by Rocky Mountain PBS of a virtual interview about the exhibition in Colorado Springs: