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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.

 

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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. 

 

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.

 

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!

 

 

 

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.

 

San Bernardino, CA. February 14, 2018.

Arts Connection has appointed Jennifer Kane as the new Executive Director. Ms. Kane brings 10 years of arts, education, and community leadership experience to her new role. The outgoing Executive Director, Danielle Giudici Wallis, looks forward to working with Ms. Kane and assisting the organization as Program Specialist. The board and current staff are thrilled to have Ms. Kane join the team and believe that her range of skills, experiences, and commitment to community will be a great asset to the organization.

February 6, 2018

Painting on Painting

James O'Keefe and David Mackenzie "Painting on Painting"

JTAG presents new works by James O'Keefe and David Mackenzie opening Feb. 10  6-8PM

David Mackenzie is best known as an artist’s artist. Mackenzie considers his work to be part of the non-objective tradition of painting and touches on notions of deconstructive architecture, modernist history, geometry and perspective. His carefully considered and formulated surfaces are part of his process.

Mackenzie's paintings are pure line & spacial presences that draws the eye of the viewer into these master works of minimalism.

James O'Keefe

     "Painting is about keeping an open mind and letting things happen.  I try to suspend judgemental thoughts that inhibit outcomes.  Physically, I am balancing  desires for control with accidents and the unexpected.  Mentally, painting is a struggle between freedom and confinement.  I often try to explain things, but I must  also honor the unexplainable.   The freedom in painting is that it can truly leave what is known, redefine itself and constantly explore. This is what inspirational painting has always done.

  This series of new work at JTAG are paintings about making paintings. Some paintings have frames mounted within the picture plane creating a kind of a picture within picture scenario. The new questions raised are, what is a picture? and what are the boundaries of a picture? "

This show runs until March 4, 2018. 

JTAG

6160729 Palms Hwy.Joshua Tree, Ca.

310 562 0511

 

UPDATE: Congratulations to our Poetry Out Loud County Winners, Jacob Walker and Jacqueline Quintanilla!

San Bernardino, CA — Arts Connection announces the San Bernardino County Poetry Out Loud Champion, Jacob Walker from Big Bear High School. Our runner up, from W.A. Carter High School in Rialto, is Jacqueline Quintanilla. The Contest was held at The Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino, where we had a full house with friends, family, teachers and poetry enthusiasts. Jacob will be heading to Sacramento on March 18th and 19th to compete in the state finals. The competition is presented in partnership with the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. 

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the national finals in Washington, DC. More than 310,000 students from 2,300 high schools took part in the 2016–2017 Poetry Out Loud program.

Contestants recite works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. Students participating in the Poetry Out Loud program have benefited from educational materials created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. These standards-based curriculum materials include an online anthology, a teacher’s guide, lesson plans, and video and audio on the art of recitation. Schools are welcome to download these free resources at poetryoutloud.org.

This year’s competitors were from the following schools: Big Bear High School, The Grove School, Rialto High School, and W.A. Carter High School. The contest was judged by poets Tim Hatch, Isabel Quintero, George Hammons and Romaine Washington.

Poetry Out Loud Awards

The state champion will receive an all-expenses-paid trip (with an adult chaperone) to compete in the national finals in Washington, DC, on April 24–25, 2018. The Poetry Out Loud national finals will present a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, with a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Poetry Out Loud is a program of the following organizations:

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit arts.gov.

About the Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. For more information, visit poetryfoundation.org.

About Calfornia Arts Council

California’s state arts agency: advancing California through the arts and creativity. The California Arts Council builds public will and resources for the arts; fosters accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serves as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and provides relevant programs and services. http://cac.ca.gov/

About Arts Connection

Arts Connection is the arts council for San Bernardino County, designated by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to serve as the State and Local Partner to the California Arts Council. Arts Connection is dedicated to stimulating creative and economic vitality and enriching lives throughout the communities they serve by providing support, promotion, education, and advocacy for the arts.

 

 

Poetry Out Loud Participants from left to right: Jacob Walker, Jacqueline Quintanilla, Sarah Bouchard, Veritus Miller, Zoe Demairais, and Gabriel-Thomas Wright.

 

                   

                                                              

Arts Connection, the Arts Council for San Bernardino County is seeking a Part-time Executive Director. We are an independent nonprofit organization, designated by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to act as the state and local partner to California Arts Council. We are dedicated to serving artists, arts organizations, and our communities in collaboration with our city, state and county partners. 

This salaried position involves managing this non-profit organization and growing the membership of the Arts Connection. The ideal candidate is an entrepreneurial thinking self-starter with strong written and verbal communication skills and an understanding of organizational budgets and finances. Experience with non-profit organizations is highly desirable. Problem solving skills, successful grant writing, understanding of public relations strategies and the ability to work with diverse communities are essential. Applicants who are residents of San Bernardino County will be given preference. 

Please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 22nd, 2018 with Arts Connection Search in the subject line of your email. Position will be open until filled.

A note from our current Executive Director, Danielle Giudici Wallis:

It has been an exciting three years since I began working with Arts Connection, and we have truly grown-- we have multiple projects, events, advocacy and consulting work going on! It is precisely because of this growth that we need to increase our staff. Rather than continuing in my role as Executive Director, I have decided to step down and return to a programming role—as my passion lies in working closely with communities. The board is launching a search for a new Executive Director to build on the foundation that we have created. While change is never easy, I am committed to supporting a smooth transition, and excited to see the great work of Arts Connection continue under new leadership. Apply today!

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

ARTS CONNECTION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

This is an exempt part time position based upon 20 hours per week.

The Executive Director for Arts Connection serves at the pleasure of the organization’s Board of Directors. The Executive Director’s primary responsibility is ensuring organizational sustainability while forwarding the mission and goals of the agency as established by the Board.

Specific duties include:

·      Organizational Management and Administration: Responsible for timely and accurate filing of all applicable taxes, licenses, insurances, and documents essential to the proper fiscal and legal operation of the agency. Manages membership records and related member mailings. Coordinates, maintains and develops the artsconnection.org website.

·      Strengthening the Financial and Community Position of the Agency: Develops partnerships appropriate to the agency’s mission which will provide financial or community visibility. Activities may include: public relations support, fiscal receivership, development of consortiums or focus groups to strengthen the arts community. More significance is given to activities which will provide longer term support for the agency.

·      Grants and Grants Management: Seeks and submits relevant grant applications to increase organizational capacity, manages  budgeted expenses and grants reporting.  Adheres to grant guidelines and timelines. Additionally, seeks multi-agency  grant opportunities by identifying and collaborating with partners appropriate to the mission of the agency.Advocacy: Strengthen the inclusion, expression, and support of arts through our region by scheduling and attending, with Board member, targeted meetings with specific government and major business representatives in line with established strategic goals.

·      Develop the Organization: Collaborates with the Board to develop position descriptions for the addition of future human resources necessary to advance the organization within established goals and budget parameters.

·      Events Management: Works with the Board to develop Annual Conference, cultural planning events and activities as necessitated for Grants, Advocacy, and other functions of the mission. Serves as manager of these events at the direction of the Board.

·      Networking: Represents the organization at targeted local arts events based upon board direction and available hours.

·      Supervise Staff: Manage assistants, volunteers and consulting staff.

*Candidates must be able to work with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Photoshop

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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
 
 
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