On May 14, 2017, Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology will lead a global day of creativity and conservation in Joshua Tree and around the world, celebrating the life and legacy of composer Lou Harrison. 

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Davida Siwisa James has a big vision-- to change the cultural landscape of Victor Valley. The Executive Director of Victor Valley Arts and Education Center (VVAEC), she founded the arts nonprofit in 2013 in order to bring a new era of professional arts and culture to the area. When only a year old, the VVAEC received a grant of $10,000 from The Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties to implement a project that brought the arts to underserved populations - an impressive feat for a fledgling organization. In addition to such programs, Mrs. James’ biggest vision for Victor Valley is to build a state of the arts performing arts center.

Mrs. James grew up in NYC going to the Apollo Theater and Broadway shows as a child. She worked for 13 years as Assistant Director for UCLA Box Office and helped build the 1200 seat Reichhold Center for the Arts in St. Thomas, managing their programming and box office as well. It is without a doubt that her rich arts background and experience is an invaluable asset to the VVAEC and the High Desert community. I had the opportunity to speak with Mrs. James about her arts experience and vision for the organization.

Esther: You have lived in very culturally rich environments - such as NYC and LA, as well as in communities with art scarcity - like Harrisburg and the island of St. Thomas, how do you situate Victor Valley in this narrative?

Davida: Well in one way, we don’t have anything up here that would compare, which is part of the reason why I wanted to start the VVAEC. We have some small theatres and community theatre groups that are trying to do a good job to make sure there is some activity here, but I am hoping that after a lifetime in the arts, and twenty years experience working in arts management, that those experiences will help us move our nonprofit forward, in terms of galvanizing our community to see a more professional and advanced level of performing arts in the high desert.

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The Cinema Culturas Film Festival Inland Empire opens on Friday, Oct. 17 with the film “La Jaula de Oro.” Although the English title is “The Golden Dream,” the title translates literally to “the cage of gold,” a reflection of the expectations and realities of those who brave the journey north to the U.S. The film swept the Mexican Ariel Awards, winning in several categories, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay.

Before the film, the Symphonie Jeunesse from San Bernardino will accompany a film montage of Mexican cinema history.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, are now available through Ticketmaster, general seating $20, preferred $25.

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The Community Foundation received funding from The James Irvine Foundation for the Arts Regranting Program/ Inland Empire (ARPIE).

The regranting funds are for small arts organizations in the Inland Empire to experiment with new approaches to arts engagement. Grants are intended as risk-capital for very small arts organizations, agencies, art collectives and groups to pilot projects that focus on:

1) reaching low-income and/or ethnically diverse populations that have been traditionally underserved by nonprofit arts organizations

2) offering active engagement in the arts in which participants are making or practicing art, and/or

3) using nontraditional arts venues such as churches, store fronts and shopping malls, or open lots and other spaces not typically designated for arts use that are easily accessible and familiar to the public..

View the guidelines to see if your arts organization is a good candidate for an ARPIE grant.

Maximum request is $10,000. The deadline is August 1, 2014.

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The Community Foundation received funding from The James Irvine Foundation for the Arts Regranting Program/ Inland Empire (ARPIE).

The regranting funds are for small arts organizations in the Inland Empire to experiment with new approaches to arts engagement. Grants are intended as risk-capital for very small arts organizations, agencies, art collectives and groups to pilot projects that focus on:

1) reaching low-income and/or ethnically diverse populations that have been traditionally underserved by nonprofit arts organizations

2) offering active engagement in the arts in which participants are making or practicing art, and/or

3) using nontraditional arts venues such as churches, store fronts and shopping malls, or open lots and other spaces not typically designated for arts use that are easily accessible and familiar to the public..

View the guidelines to see if your arts organization is a good candidate for an ARPIE grant.

Maximum request is $10,000. The deadline is August 1, 2014.

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MAY 8 is GIVE BIG SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY!

You don't have to wait until tomorrow to schedule a donation today.

The more donations we receive the better chance we are to receive a SUPER GOLDEN TICKET that will increase the funds we receive and the chance to be rewarded additional funds from County Supervisors Josie Gonzales and James Ramos.

SUPPORT THE ARTS AND GIVE BIG TODAY! (or as much as you can afford) We need your help.

Click HERE to donate to ARTS CONNECTION!

Please come out to the Broadway Blockparty where you can enjoy entertainment, connect with various non-profits and come by our booth to make a BUTTON!  Hope to see you there!

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MAY 8 is GIVE BIG SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY!

You don't have to wait until tomorrow to schedule a donation today.

The more donations we receive the better chance we are to receive a SUPER GOLDEN TICKET that will increase the funds we receive and the chance to be rewarded additional funds from County Supervisors Josie Gonzales and James Ramos.

SUPPORT THE ARTS AND GIVE BIG TODAY! (or as much as you can afford) We need your help.

Click HERE to donate to ARTS CONNECTION!

Please come out to the Broadway Blockparty where you can enjoy entertainment, connect with various non-profits and come by our booth to make a BUTTON!  Hope to see you there!

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Arts Connection Executive Director, Andy Woods, was in the studio yesterday for a conversation with David Fleming of KVCR to be aired on KVC-Arts - 8pm this Friday, March 7th and 7pm Saturday, March 8th on 91.9 FM if you're local or www.kvcr.org.

Select radio, then listen LIVE.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTS CONNECTION

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

Tel: 909.381.1900
info@artsconnectionnetwork.org

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

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