S6E7 – May Episode

Season 6, Episode 7

In our May episode of Spirit of Innovation: Arts Across America, discover how the arts are painting a canvas of opportunity nationally and locally. Hear directly from founding donor and comedian Cheech Marin as he discusses his trailblazing partnership with the Riverside Art Museum and how the Cheech Marin Center came to be in our Spotlight. Our Need-to-Know segment highlights both Autism Acceptance and Mental Health Awareness and dives into the importance of recognizing both. Learn how the Lake Elsinore Unified School District is finding creative and innovative ways to incorporate the arts in their schools in this month’s Voice of Innovation. The Good-to-Know summarizes all of your local news and event happenings across Riverside County and beyond. If you’re looking for a tasty and healthy meal to indulge in, check out the Food Corner as we visit Guiltless Food Co. in Temecula, CA and learn about their food delivery service. Corina’s Corner also informs us about some fun Memorial Day weekend activities happening locally. 


Impact Story – Influence of the Arts Nationally & Locally

From weekend plays to global music festivals to museums showcasing priceless works, art undeniably impacts our lives. Every five years, Americans for the Arts  conducts an impact story revealing the significant economic and social influence of the nonprofit arts sector in the US. California, recognizing the enduring benefits of arts, established the California Arts Council Exchange in 1976. The Riverside Arts Council is a local affiliate with many events such as The Riverside Arts Walk and programs including Art as Therapy.


Spotlight – The Cheech Marin Center

Aiming to bring Chicano art to the forefront, founding donor and comedian Cheech Marin opens up about how his groundbreaking partnership with the Riverside Art Museum  came to be and how the Cheech Marin Center  was born. Plus, learn about the legacy that Marin hopes the Cheech Center will leave behind as the museum is spotlighted in our segment.  


Voice of Innovation – Innovative Arts Programs in Lake Elsinore Unified

The arts are fundamental in cultivating creativity and self-expression. Take a look at the innovative ways that the Lake Elsinore Unified School District  is incorporating arts into their school curriculums. In addition, learn how flamenco’s rich culture and history were used to empower students. 


Need to Know – National Autism Acceptance Month/ Mental Health Awareness Month

Spirit of Innovation highlights National Autism Acceptance Month You can learn more about it here. Then we meet Lee Amaris Padden, M.A., LMFT with Four Elements Counseling who talks about the importance of Mental Health Awareness Month and fostering a strong mental health community.

Mental Health Resources:
988 Crisis & Suicide Hotline

Mental Health California Resources

Mental Health Riverside County Resources


Community Roundtable – Military Awareness Month
Meet our guests joining us at the Community Roundtable this month:

Eric Faulkner is a U.S. Navy veteran. He is the current chair of the City of Temecula’s Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission. Faulkner is also currently running for Temecula City Council in District 2.

Raven Hilden is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit MilVet, which aims to serve and support veterans, deployed troops, and their families.


Good to Know

For those looking for a time-saving way to make a difference in their community, FlashVote provides residents with a quick one-minute survey that will help gather input to shape decisions, policies, and more.

The Autism Society Inland Empire . is a nonprofit that aims to provide people on the spectrum with the resources that they need through referrals, support, advocacy, and more. They are currently looking for volunteers who want to aid in their mission of empowering those in the autism community.

Creative Corps . aims to serve communities by funding and enlisting local artists to create public projects that will help address social justice, public health, and other local issues.

The Riverside County Veterans’ Business Resource NOW Program . offers a variety of services including permit assistance, hiring and training tips, financial resources, and more to veterans who are looking to start their own business.


Food Corner

This month, we pay a visit to Guiltless Food Co. and discover how their innovative meal prep and food delivery service provides customers with lean, healthy, and tasty food options.


Corina’s Corner

Learn about what local events are happening Memorial Day Weekend:
A Tribute to Heroes Concert – Head over to the Old Town Temecula Theater for this free event and enjoy a performance by the Temecula Valley Symphony as they honor those who have served.

West Coast Thunder 2024 Memorial Day Concert – Enjoy a day of country music as “American Idol” winner Chayce Beckham performs live at Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium on Monday, May 27.

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