I first heard about Cheech Marin in the movie "Cheech & Chong's - Up In Smoke," where he starred alongside Tommy Chong. It wasn't until much later that I discovered his passion for Chicano art and his role in founding the Cheech Museum.
Cheech's collection is one of the largest and most important collections of Chicano art in the world. The museum features over 700 pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures, and mixed media installations. The collection represents the work of more than 200 artists, many of whom have been marginalized and overlooked by mainstream art institutions.
One of the things I appreciate most about the museum is its commitment to education and community outreach. In addition to its impressive collection. The museum also offers workshops, lectures, and educational programs that aim to promote cultural understanding and appreciation.
Although I haven't gone to the museum, I look forward to checking it out, and maybe, just maybe, meet Mr. Cheech Marin himself.
Image Courtesy Of: Cheech Marin and the Riverside Art Museum.