A curated online market full of items from selected regional artists, tailored to be reflective of the moment. We are starting small and focusing for now entirely on functional items and artwork meant to comfort and inspire. A core part of RAM is supporting artists to empower artists to make functional items that build their capacity for earned income and economic resilience. RAM artists receive a full 70% of every sale. This means, when you purchase from RAM, you are directly supporting artists and vibrant creative communities. Browse through our collection of handmade masks, scarves, bags, cards, prints, and apparel and help empower regional artists with your purchase. Happy shopping!
River Tikwi Garza (b.1994, Los Angeles,CA) is a Los Angeles based artist that was raised in Gardena,California a city in the South Bay region of LA. Garza is of Indigenous and Mexican descent, he is Tongva and is a member of Ti’at Society. Garza’s work draws on traditional Indigenous aesthetics, Southern California Indigenous maritime culture, Graffiti, Xicanx culture,and the Los Angeles urban experience. Garza received his undergraduate education from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He earned his degree in Gender, Ethnic, and Multicultural Studies and is currently working on a MA in Sociology. Garza integrates his Western education into the art he produces by creating work that aims to challenge the Indian mystique, his work plays on cultural cliches, Hollywood's “celluloid indian”, and the political/cultural climate of both Indian country and mainstream society.
RAM is a new program of the San Diego Art Institute, launched in response to the impact of COVID-19 on creative industries.
As the only contemporary cultural institution in Balboa Park, the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) nurtures the creation of groundbreaking art by providing a dedicated exhibition space for the artistic talent that resides in Southern California and Northern Baja to collaborate, exhibit, and thrive.
Through high quality, interactive programming, educational initiatives, and exhibitions, SDAI promotes cultural equity and artistic enrichment within our community and enables diverse audiences to interact with art and artists in meaningful ways.
RAM’s debut was made possible through a grant from U.S. Bank.
Learn more about SDAI at sandiego-art.org