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Desert Lotus House for Writers’ mission is to offer a dedicated space with the freedom of unregulated time for writers to be alone with their work in the revelatory landscape of Joshua Tree, CA. 

On November 3rd, the residency opened for applications for residencies starting in January 2018.  For application guidelines and details of the residency, please see the website. For updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  

 
California State Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia, will bring his 58-county “On the Road” tour to San Bernardino County for a very special free community performance. The event will be held at the Garcia Center for the Arts in the city of San Bernardino on December 8 th at 7pm.
 
Mr. Gioia (pronounced JOY-uh) was appointed as California’s Poet Laureate by Governor Jerry Brown in December, 2015, and serves as the state advocate for poetry and literature in libraries, classrooms and boardrooms across California. An award-winning poet, Gioia is the author of “Can Poetry Matter?”, which is credited for helping revive poetry’s role in American public life. He is also the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts where he championed arts education. As state laureate, Gioia will work to inspire a new generation of writers and celebrate California’s great literary legacy. 
 
“We’re so excited to have our state Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia, visit San Bernardino County! It will be an inspiration to all who attend—mark your calendars!" said Arts Connection’s Executive Director, Danielle Giudici Wallis. He’ll be joined in conversation by poet and Cal State San Bernardino Professor, Juan Delgado. The evening will also feature readings by local poets Alex Avila, Tristan Douglas, Micah Kaguya, Allyson Jeffredo, and Nikia Chaney.
 
Dana Gioia is Poet Laureate of California. An internationally recognized poet and critic, he is the author of five collections of poetry, including Interrogations at Noon (2001), which won the American Book Award, and 99 Poems: New & Selected (2016). His critical collections include Can Poetry Matter? (1992), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. He has written three opera libretti and edited twenty literary anthologies. He served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2009. He has been awarded 11 honorary doctorates. He is the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California where he teaches each fall semester. He divides his time between Los
Angeles and Sonoma County, California. His statewide tour as poet laureate became the subject of the BBC Radio 3 documentary, “Every County in the State of California.”
 
More at http://capoetlaureate.net
 
 
EVIL WITCHES SQUELCH CHILDREN AT THE LEWIS FAMILY PLAYHOUSE!
 
MainStreet Theatre Company Opens Season with Roald Dahl’s The Witches Opening October 14th

Did you know that Arts Connection is an independent non-profit arts council, not a unit of government? We are dedicated to stimulating creative and economic vitality and enriching lives throughout the communities we serve by providing support, promotion, education, and advocacy for the arts.

Speaking up for the arts and culture is integral to our mission!

Published September 15, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino          

The community, including residents, artists, educators, and culture-oriented organizations and businesses throughout the Morongo Basin will be asked to participate in developing a Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts.

The County of San Bernardino will lead the effort along with The Cultural Planning Group, a Southern California consulting firm specializing in the field of arts and culture with experience working with communities across the country to create cultural plans.

“The Morongo Basin is known for its artistic and creative way of life which continues to attract residents, businesses and tourists to this region,” said San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “We hope the community will help us build this roadmap to continue to promote and celebrate the Morongo Basin as an artistic hub.”

The plan will assist Morongo Basin communities to articulate their vision for culture and the arts. This will lead to plans for activities that can fulfill that vision, such as art shows, arts education, musical performances, poetry readings, writing groups, festivals and seminars.

The Cultural Planning Group will work with a leadership group of community leaders, including artists and others, to guide the planning process grounded in the unique creative identity of the Morongo Basin, and to create a plan based on the priorities of the communities of Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, Landers, Wonder Valley, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms. The local communities will implement the plan with guidance from the leadership committee.

The Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts is expected to be complete in mid-2018. The first public meetings will begin before the end of the year. The San Bernardino County Land Use Services Planning Division will also be posting information on their website and social media links.  For additional information visit http://www.cultureandartsmb.com

 

2017-2018 Poetry Out Loud : National Recitation Contest

Inland Pacific Ballet to Hold Open Auditions for Children’s Roles in
Annual Spectacular Production of The Nutcracker

Friday and Saturday, September 8 - 9, 2017

Grand Finals of the Young Artists Concerto Competition
Tuesday, July 11 8:00 p.m.

Americans for the Arts 2017 Annual Convention

San Francisco, CA


Americans for the Arts is a national organization with a mission to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. They bring together leaders from the arts, communities, and businesses, to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts. As the Executive Director of Arts Connection, I often rely on their research and join in their advocacy efforts. 

Arts Connection Awarded California Arts Council “Artists Activating Communities” Grant

State funds will support sustained artistic residencies at The Garcia Center for the Arts

 

San Bernardino, CA– The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $16,200 dollars to Arts Connection as part of its Artists Activating Communities program.

The ribbon cutting and opening celebration of “Sanctuary,” a public arts project, dedicated to the Joshua Tree community was held on Wednesday, May 17th, from 6pm-8pm at 2601 SunFair Road in Joshua Tree, California. The project brought together veterans, active-duty military, their families and other community members to create an earth-bag structure that can be used to host meetings, celebrations, readings, meditation, lectures and more. 

Mil-Tree is a non-profit organization with the mission of bringing together veterans, active-duty military, and civilians in order to help each other to address the wounds of the soul through communication and art. “Sanctuary” was sponsored by the California Arts Council’s Veterans Initiative in the Arts and many other local partners including: The Joshua Tree Music Festival, Copper Mountain College, Arts Connection and the Joshua Tree RV and Campground, which hosts the project at their site.

 

Aguilar Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner

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ARTS CONNECTION CONFERENCE PARTNERS

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Special thanks to our conference host, Copper Mountain College!

 

ARTS PATRONS    

  

Drs. Ernest & Dorothy Garcia

 

Arts Sustainers

Randy Polumbo

KOA Corporation Planning & Engineering

San Bernardino Art Association

The Ranch Projects Publishing

Joshua Tree Music Festival

 

Arts Advocates

Paulson Orthodontics

Mojave Desert Land Trust

Cultural Planning Group

Gruen Associates

The Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

The Ontario Museum of History and Art

The Community Foundation

The Noah Purifoy Foundation

Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology

Pappy & Harriets

Bobby Furst 

The Joshua Tree Inn

 

Arts Friends

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR)

Chaffey College, School of Visual & Performing Arts

High Desert Test Sites

Elwood & Associates

Inlandia Institute

 

Special thanks to Copper Mountain College for our hosting the conference this year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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