By Michael Isberto |Staff Writer|
The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, better known as RAFFMA, is CSUSB’s own museum.
Opening its doors in 1996, it has become an eventful entity in San Bernardino.
“In 2008, RAFFMA was granted accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition an American museum can achieve, recognizing our continuing commitment to excellence,” according to the RAFFMA website.
“Since 2008, we have hosted many exhibitions from artists all over the world. We are best known for our Egyptian antiquities collection, the largest display of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the western United States encompassing years of Egyptian history,” also stated on the website.
The current exhibit is entitled “Time + Place: 47 Years of Art Faculty at CSUSB.” The exhibit focuses on the history of the department from 1969 to the present.
The exhibit features art from past and present tenured professors in the art department.
The exhibit will continue until May 14.
RAFFMA will open just in time for one of the biggest art events at CSUSB, the Arts and Music Festival. It will still be a big part of the event.
The festival itself will kick off in front of the building and open its doors to the general public for the festival.
San Bernardino’s Arts & Music Festival proceedings will begin outside of RAFFMA on May 13.
“Over 50 artists from California and beyond will be exhibiting and selling their artwork and fine crafts,” according to the CSUSB website.
“Artists will be displaying their artwork on campus in front of the Visual Arts Center/RAFFMA, at the Best of the Bands music stage, and in front of the College of Education, close to the Latin Jazz stage,” stated on the CSUSB website.
Along with art by professional artists, students will also be displaying their drawings, paintings, photography and more at the Art’s and Music Festival.
The Arts and Music Festival experience occurs annually. Students and others in the community look forward to the event every year.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said student Raquel Cuevas.
“I love events like this. It really makes me feel like I’m a part of the community. It seems to bring the community together,” added Cuevas.
There are many events happening within the festival itself including arts and crafts for children, glass blowing and forging demonstrations, and a dance piece performed by the CSUSB’s Theatre Arts students.
The music portion of the festival will include Jazz Fest and Best of the Bands. The Jazz Fest will include Latin artist Orquesta Salsa Caliente along with CSUSB’s Latin jazz ensembles.
There will also be a Best of the Bands contest hosted by the Santos Manuel Student Union Program Board.
“I’m excited for the battle of the bands,” said student Chris David.
“I’m a huge fan of the arts and an even bigger fan of music. I especially like hearing up and coming bands because the energy is so palpable,” added David.
This is a free event open to the public with free parking in certain areas on the campus.
If you would like more information visit the Arts and Music Festival website at amf.csusb.edu.