The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series brings respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields to the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Cheech Marin, known as one half of the comedy duo Cheech & Chong, is a leading advocate for Chicano art. Cheech Marin: Perspectives of an Art Advocate will take place Thursday, March 9, 2023, and is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

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The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture

Cheech began developing a private collection of Chicano art in the mid 1930’s. Since then, his collection has been featured in over a dozen exhibitions at more than 50 museums in the U.S. His vast collection of paintings, drawings, prints, mixed-media, photography, and sculptures now serves as the heart of The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of Riverside Art Museum.

The Cheech opened is doors in June 2022. Located in Southern California,  it is a public-private partnership between Riverside Art Museum, the City of Riverside, and comedian Cheech Marin.

The Cheech is a catalyst for the grassroots arts scene in Riverside that encourages emerging Latino artists throughout California’s Inland Empire. For more information visit