The proposed Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture, and Industry in downtown Riverside took a major step forward Tuesday (5/16) evening when the Riverside City Council unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to negotiate exact terms between the Riverside Art Museum, the City and Cheech Marin.

The MOU gives everyone through the end of February 2018, to determine precise roles and responsibilities for each entity in making the Cheech Marin Center – which Marin has affectionately dubbed “The Cheech” – a reality. 

It also sets in motion our need to raise $3 million of the estimated $7 million cost for the center.

Cheech, who was unable to attend because he was shooting a movie in Atlanta, called in by phone and was patched into the speaker system in the Council chambers. “Thank you very much for passing this,” Marin said. “I am thankful that you have a lot of faith in what we can accomplish here. This means the world to me. This is a really important project.”

As we work to iron out the legal details of how Cheech’s collection could be lent/donated to the museum and what our contract with the City would entail, we can’t thank you enough for your enthusiastic support and heartfelt comments about how much this proposed Center means to you and your families.

In the next few months, we’ll share ways you can be a part of bringing The Cheech to life, so stay tuned.