Workshops and Events
RAFFMA is continually engaging the public through workshops, lectures and special engagements. From our Egyptian Workshop in the summer to our lectures and concerts throughout the year, we hope you join us and take part in these enriching experiences.
Visit our Events page for specific dates and times of workshops and other events.
RAFFMA offers free docent-guided tours for individuals and groups.
Visit our Group Tours page for more information.
Art History Lectures
When: Second Thursday of the month (January – May, September and October)
RAFFM’s Art History Lecture Series invites speakers who are experts in their fields to deliver intellectually-stimulating and though-provoking lectures on a variety of art history topics. Lectures are free and open to the public. Parking $5. CSUSB art and art history students are encouraged to attend.
Art Exhibition Opening Receptions
RAFFMA exhibits several art shows each year. The museum celebrates each show with a reception that is free and open to the public. Parking $5. Receptions are usually held on Saturdays or Thursday evenings.
This fun-filled, family-friendly night at the museum will be held for one evening in late October. RAFFMA turns down the lights and strings up the cobwebs for an educational evening inspired by the museum’s permanent display of ancient Egyptian artifacts. This Halloween-alternative event consists of a spooky night tour, a museum scavenger hunt, crafts, and a costume contest. Guests are strongly encouraged to come dressed in their spookiest attire.
Admission to the event ranges from $5 - $15, free for Friends of RAFFMA. Parking $5.
All visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Diá a de los Muertos
RAFFMA, along with other CSUSB organizations, celebrates Diá a de los Muertos with live music, food, Aztec dancers, a community alter, activities for kids, Calaveras Auction, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Limited free parking is available.
Art and Writing Workshop for High School Students
When: Six Thursday evenings, January-March
During CSUSB’s Winter Quarter, RAFFMA hosts a writing workshop for high school students. The workshop uses visual arts - artwork on display at the museum and digital images of artwork - as a starting point for practicing and strengthening critical thinking and improving writing skills. The writing exercises and assignments take place in and out of the classroom with instructor and peer critiques in class.
Space is limited. Registration form and a workshop fee are required. Friends of RAFFMA receive a discount. Registration forms are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Students under 18 must have written consent from their legal guardian.
Evening with Mummy
When: Friday evening during Mother’s Day weekend
At Evening with Mummy, RAFFMA celebrates mothers in an ancient Egyptian way. Parents enjoy refreshments and a docent-guided tour of the museum’s ancient Egyptian collection. Children make arts and crafts for mummy..
A small admission fee is charged. There is no charge for Friends of RAFFMA. Parking $5.
CSUSB Arts & Music Festival
When: Friday evening in May
The CSUSB Arts & Music Festival is a campus-wide event that includes two stages of music (Latin Jazz and Best of the Bands) and an art fair of local artists exhibiting and selling their artwork. The festival also includes art exhibitions, art making demonstrations, theater performances, kids’ crafts, and food trucks. This event is free and open to the public. Limited free parking is available.
International Museum Day
When: May 18
International Museum Day is a celebration that is held worldwide each year on or around May 18. From America and Oceania to Europe, Asia and Africa, International Museum Day aims to increase public awareness about the role of museums in the development of society.
Visit our Events page to find out how RAFFMA will be celebrating.
Annual CSUSB Student Art Exhibition
When: Friday evening of graduation weekend, June
RAFFMA hosts the CSUSB Department of Art's student exhibition. Students making artwork in all genres submit their work from the past academic year. An outside juror, selected by the Department of Art, curates the exhibition. An awards ceremony and opening reception accompany each exhibition. This event is free and open to the public. Parking $5.
Kids Discover Egypt: 2-Day Art Workshop
Each year the RAFFMA organizes Kids Discover Egypt: 2-Day Art Workshop. This popular program for children ages 9-12 draws students from neighboring communities throughout San Bernardino County. The workshop includes many hands-on activities and a special tour of the art museum's extensive collection of Egyptian antiquities.
Participating students learn about Egyptian history, culture and art. Led by CSUSB faculty, RAFFMA staff, and trained docents, children participate in a variety of art projects including a staged-archeological dig, molding clay figurines and making beads out of authentic ancient Egyptian molds.
Space is limited. Registration form and a workshop fee are required. Friends of RAFFMA and CSUSB students, staff, and faculty receive a discount. Registration forms are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
Check our Events page for special exhibitions-based programing.