California’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes $1 million for the planned Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry in downtown Riverside.
Assemblyman Jose Medina, D- Riverside, led the effort to set aside state funding for the proposed museum, which will be made up of Marin’s private collection of Chicano-related art, according to a statement released by the city.
Last month, the Riverside City Council approved a memorandum of understanding that required $3 million of the $7 million needed to build the facility be raised by the end of next February.
The city and the Riverside Art Museum, along with Marin, are the three entities behind the project. Marin has shown parts of his art collection at U.S. museums, but several years ago he began looking for a permanent home for the artifacts.
The actor-comedian chose Riverside because of its Hispanic heritage and large Spanish-speaking community, according to the statement.
On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the $183.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-18, which includes $1.8 billion in long-term cash reserves.