We are very excited to announce that the Poetry Out Loud season is here, and we're starting it off right with a kick-off bash at the Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino on November 16, 2019 from 3-7pm.  There will be poetry workshops, performance, food, and an open mic. All activities are free and open to anyone and all ages. We especially encourage high school students, parents and teachers to join us to learn more about this program in the schools and the resources available to support participating this year. For more information about the poetry out loud program, please visit:

- From - Sinfonia Mexicana will present its annual “Dia de los Muertos – Celebration of Life” concert, an event that honors the legacy of those who have gone before us on Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:30 p.m., at Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, 780 N. E St., San Bernardino, CA, 92410.  The doors will open at 2:00 p.m.

Registration is now live for Arts COnnection's 6th annual countywide arts convening!

Join us at San Bernardino Valley College on October 5, 2019. 

Gather at the intersections of art, education, community and economic development to connect and reconnect with the creative people all around you - artists, arts professionals and teachers, community organizers, parents, students, civic leaders. Immerse in artful experiences and dialogue.



Arts Connection, the Arts Council of San Bernardino County, is pleased to announce that our sixth annual conference will be held on Saturday, October 5that San Bernardino Valley College in the heart of the City of San Bernardino. Our Creative People’s Conferenceis an invitation to explore how the arts reconnect us through our shared humanity, cultivate a space for healing, and provide an opportunity for generative dialogue across geographic and perceived distances. 



Date: October 5, 2019

Time: 9 am - 4 pm

Closing reception for “Self and Place: ReFinding San Bernardino County” 

4-6pm at the Gresham Gallery


Creative People’s Conference


8:30-9:00 am                Check-in and Registration (Business Management conference B-100) See Map below.                            

9:00-9:20 am                Welcome, Orientation for the Day - Kathryn Ervin and Jennifer Kane, Arts Connection

9:25-10:00 am              Opening Movement – Dancer-led Audience Engagement – 

                                      Maura Townsend – San Bernardino Valley College instructor and Founder of Project 21  


10:00-10:15am             Welcome by San Bernardino Valley College President - Dr. Diana Rodriguez

10:20-11:00 am            Acknowledgement of Land, Self and Place - Creative writing experience with Juan Delgado

11:15-noon                   Morning Workshops:

                                     1.   Art, Media and Driving Social Movements 

                                     2.    Painting Healthier Communities - intersection projects for safer schools

                                     3.    Activating Youth Voices through Poetry and Hip Hop


12:15-1:00pm            Network, share lunch inside or outside and enjoy music provided by San Bernardino Valley    

                                  College students 

                                  Free Screen-printing of original conference design by Ana Cervantes. Bring your own t-shirt,

                                  bag, tote or other item to screen this beautiful art onto and take home with you!!

                                  Thank you to Duan Kellum of Skool Boiz printing !!

1:00 pm                     Meet back at Business Management conference center – B-100 Building


1:10-1:30pm             San Bernardino community film project screening - Nathalie Graham and Keya Vance             

1:40-3:00pm              Afternoon workshops:

                                   1. Arts Education in Schools 

                                   2. Artist-run Spaces and Creative Entrepreneurship 

                                   3. The How-to's of Writing and Filming a Short Sketch - meet the IE Media Academy staff, students and explore the facilities.       

3:00-3:15pm               Groups all meet back in main conference area (transition time)

3:15-3:45pm               Share-out: words, images, and performances

3:45-4:00pm               Thank you and closing notes

4:00-5:00pm               Performances in the courtyard in front of the Clara and Allen Gresham gallery.

                                    San Bernardino Valley College Student Group

                                    Glass-blowing demo (4-5pm)

Until 6pm                    Closing Reception with snacks and wine. Note that the closing reception for this event is free and open to the public. 



Workshop Descriptions:

Artist-run spaces and Creative Entrepreneurship

      Our current creative community is one of entrepreneurs and problem-solvers. We are up to the challenges and opportunities of creating space for the arts/artists in cities, towns and neighborhoods across the Inland Region. Come learn from a few leaders navigating this terrain and about some of the skills you never thought you needed to have as an artist to do this work.

      Facilitators: Andrew Thompson, Founder of The Little Gallery of San Bernardino, Daniel Gohman, Founder of The Artlands, Cynthina Huerta, Co-Founder of Inland Mujeres.

      Workshop support from John Machado, CEO/President of The Arts Area.


     Art, Media and Driving Social Movements

      Led by Anthony Victoria - Communications Director at the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice. With additional guest facilitators: Ana Cervantes and Ben Reynoso.

      This community action-oriented workshop will include a printing lab, supported by Duan Kellum.


Arts Education in Schools


This is an exciting time in California’s arts education history!  Want to know what is emerging in arts education within our schools and districts? Come and gain information on the current and emerging California and San Bernardino County arts education landscape from our statewide and regional experts of The California Arts Project and RIMS California Arts Project —the state subject matter project for the arts.  


This workshop will introduce you to the new California Arts Standards, update you on the emerging new Arts Framework, and inform you of what these changes mean for our students and teachers. You’ll get a peek into arts classrooms in which teachers are implementing these new directions. Learn of local and statewide resources that can provide support to your schools and districts and how you can become involved. There will be time for questions and conversation leading to the creation of an individual action step you can take to support equity and access for all our students to an arts education! 


Facilitators: Kris Alexander, Executive Director, The California Arts Project 

        Armalyn De La O, Regional Director, RIMS California Arts Project, CSUSB

        TCAP Teacher Leader



Audience:  teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and artists 

Healthy Communities: the intersection of cities and neighborhoods

 Collaboratively activating public space for safer communities and schools: why would you paint a crosswalk and best practices.

Come learn about how to put together a plan for creating this kind of project in your community. Led by Mark Friis, Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator, San Bernardino Department of Public Health

   Additional facilitators, Justine Garcia, discussing the Healthy Rancho Cucamonga initiative and a recent art partnership for a similar project. Hear from Justine Jimenez, the artist who collaborated on this project with the city.


Activating Youth Voices through Poetry and Hip Hop. Facilitators: Sam Montes (Oxymoron) (Founder of the Breakbread Mic Sesh) and Edwin Johnson (CHORDS).

Session description coming soon.


The How-to's of writing and filming a short sketch - meet the IE Media Academy staff, students and explore the facilities.


Session description coming soon. 


 Interested in sponsoring this event?  

As a sponsor of the 2016 Arts Connection Conference, your support contributes to the advancement of the visual and performing arts in San Bernardino County, benefitting artists, performers, educators, art administrators, businesses and countless communities throughout the county. The exposure you receive as a sponsor puts you in front of key decision makers. Sponsors may choose one of six visibility packages. Any pre-designed package may be tailored to t the particular needs and interests of your organization.

Download the Sponsorship Packet below.






Arts Patrons









Drs. Ernie and Dotti Garcia




Arts Sustainers 





Arts Advocates

Kristine Alexander

Armalyn De La O

Chaffey Community Museum of Art


San Bernardino County Department of Public Health - Safe Routes to Schools Program

The Arts Area

The Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art


Arts Friends

Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council

Redlands Art Association






Deadline to Apply is July 25, 2019

The second annual Ontario Festival of the Arts will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 11 AM to 7 PM.  The Ontario Festival of the Arts exemplifies the City’s commitment to make Ontario the destination for arts and culture in Southern California.

All Artists MUST complete the application below to be considered to participate in the Festival.  A jury from the Ontario Museum of History & Art and the Chaffey Community Museum of Art will review each application.  The Ontario Festival of the Arts has the sole discretion to advise an artist if the work does not comply with Festival standards.  If approved, artists will be notified by a member of the Festival Committee.

The booth application fee of seventy-five dollars ($75.00) will not be collected until the artist has been accepted for participation in the Festival.  The Festival will provide a 10′ x 10′ canopy, one six foot table and two chairs for each booth.  Artists will keep 100% of their sales transactions – the Festival will not take a commission on sales.

For more information about participating in the Ontario Festival of the Arts, please visit the Information for Artists page.  For additional questions, please contact the City of Ontario’s Community Life & Culture Agency at (909) 395-2222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The application period is now open.  Application deadline is July 25, 2019.


NEA BIG READ Morongo Basin aims to build community and inspire conversation and discovery through the joy of sharing a good book. Inspired by STATION ELEVEN's themes of survival, legacy, and community, our month­ long program includes over 20 events from art exhibitions to panel discussions, workshops and more. Join the conversation and participate in one or more of our FREE basin-wide programs.


This is an open community call to populate the walls of the Clara & Allen Gresham Art Gallery of San Bernardino Valley College with the words and images of what life looks and feels like across San Bernardino County. This could be photographs of the view from your window or a portrait of your family. This could take form as a short poem or a collage of postcards from your local gift shop. These walls are going to represent the vivid, textured layers of our lives that we can never see in one pass on a map.

Where do you find yourself, in whose company, in what layers of culture, history, religion, and environment? What are the ways you share that experience with those around you?

A map only contains the layers of information we decide to include and the lens we choose to put on. When you look at a map of San Bernardino County, it is a vast space containing over 20,000 square miles, where 75% of the population lives on just 2.5% of the land. But this data doesn’t convey the rich experiences each of you have with the land you love, steward and share with those closest to you.

We are creating a gallery sized portrait of those selves and those places that populate the largest county in the lower 48. Those 24 cities, 27 census designated places, 77 unincorporated communities, 5 reservations, and 3 ghost towns. 







Submission Guidelines

Eligible media & size restrictions:

Work should NOT be framed, but should be rigid enough for hanging. Email or digital submissions will be printed free of charge. No frames will be added. Images will be mounted on foam core for hanging.

Submission options: 

Mail in:Work will not be returned, but will be available to be picked up at the Arts Connection office following the show end, between October 7-21, 2019.

o  2D (painting, drawing, photography, assemblage…) maximum 24 x 24 inches

o  3D (maximum 2 x 2 x 2 feet)

o  Poetry and prose (maximum length 1 legal size page, formatting and font are up to the individual)

Digital: online form or email:maximum size we will print is 11x 14 inches.  Files must be at least 300 dpi and all specifications for how the work should be printed should be included in the submission form.

o  Images of art work, all mediums accepted

o  Photographs as part of project or place documentation, or as standalone work

o  Poetry and Prose

In person:Dropped at the Gresham Gallery on September 7, 2019 (10am-2pm) or beforehand at the Arts Connection office by appointment:

536 W 11thSt San Bernardino CA 92407 

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view set up a drop off time.

o  2D (painting, drawing, photography, assemblage…) maximum size 24 x 24 inches

o  3D (maximum 2 x 2 x 2 feet)

o  Poetry and prose (maximum length 1 legal size page, formatting and font are up to the individual)


Deadlines: Dates, Locations, and Contact Information

Mail-in or email submissions:

Deadline: 8/26/2019

o  Mail submissions to:  CSUSB-Arts Connection: The Arts Council of San Bernardino County, 5500 University Parkway, VA 308 San Bernardino CA 92407

o  Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

o  Online submission form:


In-person drop off:

Deadline: 9/7/2019

Deliver work to: 

San Bernardino Valley College, Clara & Allen Gresham Art Gallery

 701 S Mt Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92410 

(10am – 2pm) Parking on campus is $3 and requires cash in dollar bills only. Lots along Esperanze St. are closest to the gallery building.

Drop-off’s before 9/7/2019 should be delivered to:

Arts Connection at the Garcia Center for the Arts 

536 W 11thStreet, San Bernardino, CA 92407

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a drop off time


Community Standards

Self & Place: Refinding San Bernardino Countywill exhibit all works submitted with the exception of artwork or written work that expresses or condones acts of violence, discrimination, or sexual exploitation towards any person. No work shall be for sale.



With each submission, please include the following information:

Subject line of the email:  Refinding submission: Last name

1.    Full name of the artist

2.    Email address or other contact information

3.    Name of city, town or community in which the artist resides

4.    Short bio of the artist, including social media info.

5.    Art work or submission title, medium, location and date created 

6.    Narrative or statement about the work (one sentence minimum)


For questions, please call

909. 381.1900 

Or email 

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CCMA is pleased to present WEST END PHOTO OPEN.

This open call, juried exhibition is a biennial event. The

best artwork of WEPOwill be awarded cash prizes and

be invited to exhibit a portfolio of photographic artworks

the following year in the biennialWEPI. Submit artwork

today and share your vision and creativity with San

Bernardino’s vibrant west end community.




(the last day to enter is AUG 10, 2019)


Go to the CCMA website for further information:


217 S. Lemon Avenue, Ontario, CA 91761 


Chaffey Community Museum of Art is pleased to present WEST END PHOTO OPEN. This open call, juried exhibition is a biennial event. The


best artwork of WEPOwill be awarded cash prizes and

be invited to exhibit a portfolio of photographic artworks

the following year in the biennialWEPI. Submit artwork

today and share your vision and creativity with San

Bernardino’s vibrant west end community.


SAN BERNARDINO, CA – From May 28th through May 30th, 2019, the Garcia Center for the Arts and the Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino, in collaboration with the Cinemateca Mexicana del CECUT in Los Angeles, present this film series. These will be projected with English subtitles, and the screenings are free of charge.To RSVP call (909) 888-6400 and for info email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The engagement will take place at the Garcia Center for the Arts - 536 W. 11th St. in San Bernardino at 7pm:



La Pasión Según Berenice (1976 – Jaime Humberto Hermosillo)     - Tuesday, May 28th

El Castillo de la Pureza (1972 – Arturo Ripstein)                              - Wednesday, May 29th 

El Rincón de Las Virgenes (1972 – Alberto Issac)                              - Thursday, May 30th

*El Principio (1978 – Gonzalo Martinez Ortega)                              - Thursday, May 30th (*9pm)

A discussion with the audience led by film critic Juan Rodriguez Flores will follow the screenings

“I’m excited to have a conversation of a time marked by social and political transformation in Mexico that prompted its filmmakers to challenge the traditional national narrative of bucolic country life and of epic family melodrama which prevailed throughout the Era of Golden Cinema. The Mexican filmmakers of the 70s showed great courage, and ingenuity, in their portrayals of family dysfunction, political corruption, and passion not bound by conservative conventions.” Said CECUT’s Binational Director Dr. Juan Rodriguez Flores.”

"This exciting partnership shows how deeply the roots of Art truly has no borders" said Dr Ernest Garcia, Executive Director and namesake of the Garcia Center for the Arts

“I’m looking forward to a strong collaboration between the Garcia Center and the Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino that will engage local residents in thought-provoking programming from Mexico.” Expressed Tammy Garcia Chiang, Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino, Community Affairs Coordinator.

About Mexican Cinema of the 70s

"At the aftermath of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, the 70's is one of the most important transitions in the history of cinema. It is when an opening is finally given to new filmmakers in Mexico. Before those years the industry was very closed and the productions were very large and with stories written with the sole purpose of taking the audience to the theaters. It was a very familiar formula of cinema with its exceptions. It is from the 70s that new directors arrive with the concern to present new stories, most of them influenced by European cinema. " - Ulises Castañeda,Crónica

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The Garcia Center for the Arts
536 W. 11th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Tel: 909.381.1900

mailing address:

5500 University Parkway
Visual Arts Building, Rm. 308
San Bernardino, CA 92407

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