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“San Bernardino is a beautiful city.” This simple statement, a conviction, comes easily to mind for Michael because he was raised here. Understandably, this concept may be hard to imagine or confirm by way of mainstream media. The city’s name alone evokes a negative image for most who have no first-hand knowledge of San Bernardino. This narrow focus does not come close to describing the city nor the community.
 

 

With a rich and diverse history, San Bernardino has the potential to regain its vibrancy and strength. What began as a personal response to tragedy has evolved into showcasing the city’s landscape in a positive light. The images in this exhibition, and forthcoming book, portray the artist’s view of San Bernardino - confirming that beauty exists here, if you slow down and look for it.

 

Text by Michael Hardison.

 

Stop by the Garcia Center for the Arts at 536 W 11th St San Bernardino, CA to view this great new collection of photographs on display until October 31, 2018.  Opening reception is this weekend, August 17th at 6pm in the auditorium.

 

For more information visit hardisonphoto.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 2, 2018

Fifty-eight artists have been selected to display their artwork in the juried exhibition for the sixth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition in September in Twentynine Palms, CA. 

Exhibit opens July 15th and runs through July 25th, open Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, 9 AM to noon or by appointment. This event will take place at the Garcia Center for the Arts located at 536 West 11th Street, San Bernardino, CA 9241o
San Bernardino is still healing from the 2015 Dec. 2 terror attack and the 2017 North Park Elementary School shooting. Domestic abuse and police brutality are also unfortunately still prevalent. The Voices Against Violence workshop series focused on the impact of violence through reflection, conversation, and self-empowerment, highlighting the personal experience of individuals affected by violence. Read poems and view art by workshop participants. Open mic and interactive exhibit! 

From left, Dawn Davis, Ann Van Haney and Miri Hunter. Miri's band, Hunter and The Wick'd played, and the group talked to folks about FRINGE.

The Founder s of Hi-Desert FRINGE were out in the community at the 29Palms Farmers Market last weekend, talking about the inaugural event this August!  Have your heard about this great new community event?  Artist Applications will be accepted until June 20, 2018 - all info is online at: hidesertfringe.org

   

 

 

On December 2, 2015, a terrorist attack in the City of San Bernardino left 14 dead, 23 injured (including two law enforcement first responders), and innumerable others traumatized. The attack was a direct assault on County of San Bernardino (County) employees in the Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health Services Division. Local, state and federal public safety partners responded to the incident, killing the suspects within hours of the initial attack; two members of law enforcement were wounded in the shootout.

The County wishes to honor the victims of this senseless act of violence with a memorial. The December 2nd Memorial Committee composed of survivors, family of victims, County officials, and first responders is leading the effort to build a memorial. The County has retained Community Arts, Inc., a San Francisco- based arts organization, to assist the Committee by issuing an Invitational Call for Submittals to interested artists, designers, architects and creative teams.

JOSHUA TREE, CA, April 20, 2018: 

 

The inaugural Hi-DeF Hi-Desert Fringe experience is set for August 24-26, 2018.

 

Founders Dawn Davis, Miri Hunter and Ann Van Haney are hi-desert residents and performers active in the local theatre and arts scenes. They created Hi-DeF to provide a forum showcasing world-class innovative, boundary-pushing theatre and performance art in the Morongo Basin. The event will feature new works and world premieres from local, national and international artists as well as classes and panel discussions for artists and audiences.

 

San Bernardino, CA– Artists are integral to healthy communities, bringing people together, building community, and working toward social change. Fallen Fruit's project for San Bernardino involves working together with community members in the creation of a living artwork.  Join us for one of their events as part of this county-wide series.

 

 

Fallen Fruit at the Feldheym Library 555 West 6th Street, San Bernardino

from 1-3pm, Adopt a tree or take part in Fallen Fruit Magazine, with special guest printmaker Bob Hurton, aka "Uncle Bacon."  

 

The project’s main site will be The Garcia Center for the Arts in the City of San Bernardino, with other programming taking place at the San Bernardino County Museum, The Feldheym Library, and sites in Victorville and Crestline (which are still being determined).  The project will include plantings of a variety of citrus trees at the Garcia Center, fruit tree adoption opportunities, an art exhibition, poetry and collage that will come together in a zine,  hand-crafted wooden picnic tables etched with community quotes, and other public participatory projects. Other local artists, including Printmaker Bob Hurton (aka Uncle Bacon) and Inlandia’s Poet Laureate, Nikia Chaney, will work with Fallen Fruit and community participants on the creation of the Zine. Mark your calendars with the dated below and stay tuned for more information and event registration!

 

 

 

April 22, 2018

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On Wednesday, April 4th, the Garcia Center for the Arts hosted the Poets and Writers -Inland Empire Literary Roundtable meeting.  With over 25 poets, writers, and artists in attendace, including 4 from Joshua Tree and a writer all the way from Barstow, the room was an inspiring space to be for the evening.

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I am standing at a podium in a dark room. There is one spotlight shining down on me, blinding me from the audience. I have brought two poems to share tonight. Like the other poets who have read before me and the ones after, we introduce ourselves with only our name and affirm that this reading is for Sandra Bland.  Bland, 28, was found dead in a Texas jail cell three days after being pulled over and jailed for a minor traffic violation. Authorities ruled it was suicide, prompting national outrage.

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