Richmond Art Center’s Skeletonfest fosters DIY projects

By Zach Chouteau

We dropped by one of the city’s iconic autumn events on Saturday—Fall Family Day at the Richmond Art Center (RAC)—and found it bustling with artistic activities inside and out.

The free event—also known as Skeletonfest—ran from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and offered kids and grown-ups the chance to partake in ‘Day of the Dead’ doings ranging from paper flower-making to crafting mini-piñatas to silk-screening projects. A decorative metal project was yet another option, and all the offerings were essentially ‘do-it-yourself’ experiences, with ample help from some expert RAC staffers.

Lisa di Prima ran the flower-making table, while Joyce Shon supervised the silk-screening, Isaias D. Rodriguez oversaw the mini-piñatas, and Malena Lopez-Maggi assisted the metal makers. RAC Executive Director Ric Ambrose and plenty of other staffers were also on hand for the festive family day.

My five-year-old son Logan probably enjoyed the mini-piñata-making most, crafting a skeleton-faced RIP keepsake in tribute to our late pug Tulip. The decorative metal-making was another hit.

The RAC is located at 2540 Barrett Ave. and is home to numerous events, courses and changing exhibitions. You can find out more at