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.
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.
Ribbon Cutting for “Sanctuary” coming up on May 17th!
Arts & urban policy expert , Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson and County Supervisors Josie Gonzales and Chair James Ramos to Headline Arts Connection Annual Conference
San Bernardino, California- Arts professionals from throughout San Bernardino County and surrounding areas will convene on Saturday, September 26 in Rancho Cucamonga for a full day of networking, presentations, and workshops about creative placemaking as well as cultural planning and public art.
Creative placemaking is a growing field of practice that leverages the arts to revitalize communities while also addressing broader social and economic issues. The focus will be on developing creative placemaking strategies which artists and organizations can implement in their own communities, sparking creative entrepreneurship, engaging new audiences and strengthening individual municipalities and the County as a whole. Opening remarks will be delivered by James Ramos, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
We are very pleased to share that Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson will be our keynote speaker. She is an Arts and Urban Policy Specialist with expertise is in comprehensive community revitalization, systems change, dynamics of race and ethnicity and the roles of and arts and culture in communities. She is Senior Advisor to the Kresge Foundation and also consults with national and regional foundations and government agencies. In 2013, President Obama appointed Dr. Jackson to the National Council on the Arts. She is on the advisory board of Lambent Foundation and on the boards of directors of Alliance for California Traditional Arts and LA Commons. Dr. Jackson has been adjunct faculty at Claremont Graduate University and University of Southern California, and the 2014-2015 James Irvine Foundation Fellow in Residence at Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Jackson will be moderating our first panel, titled "Growing a Creative Culture." Panelists include Rhonda Lane Coleman, Director 29 Palms Art Gallery; John Worden, Director of the Ontario Museum of Art and History; Catherine Tessier, Jeved Inc.; and Kathleen Gallego, artist and Founder/Director of Avenue 50 and The California Arts Council.
Our second panel of the day will feature artists and organizations from a variety of disciplines sharing their projects and experiences with community engagement. The panel, titled “Artists and Organizations Creating Community,” will be moderated by photographer and Cal State San Bernardino Professor of Art, Thomas McGovern. It will include an impressive line up: Kim Stringfellow, artist, educator and Guggenheim fellow; Johanna Smith, puppet and performance artist and Professor of Theatre at CSU San Bernardino; Josiah Bruny, musician and CEO of Music Changing Lives; and artist/activist Michael Segura of San Bernardino Generation Now. This will be followed by three afternoon breakout sessions: “Art Making as City Making, an interactive workshop”, with James Rojas, an urban planner and founder of Place it!; “Technology to Temporary: Public Art Pursuits”, with public art expert and consultant, Lesley Elwood of Lesley Elwood and Associates; and “Making Greater Impact,” with Daniel Foster, who served as a founding Board Member of Arts Connection and former Executive Director of Oceanside Museum of Art.
“The arts and culture play a critical role in the economic recovery of the Inland Empire. This conference is a great opportunity to bring ideas and partners together,” states Kathryn Ervin, Arts Connection’s Board Chair and Professor of Theatre Arts at Cal State San Bernardino. “Artists and organizations will be discussing their projects alongside civic leaders, urban planners and private industry. Creative placemaking calls upon these diverse sectors to come together and engage communities through the arts, sparking change and innovation in their wake while bringing programming to communities that are often underserved.”
The conference will provide the most current, practical information and tools available to help visual and performing artists, administrators, organizations, educators and students develop creative placemaking strategies across sectors, which they can then implement in their own communities. The conference is being organized by Arts Connection, the non-profit Arts Council of San Bernardino County, in partnership with the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. It will be held on Saturday, September 26 from 9 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center located at 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739.
The conference is free to all members of Arts Connection. One-year membership start at only $25 for individuals (and $10 for students). Pre-registration for the conference is highly encouraged. Registration is available on the Arts Connection website, at http://artsconnectionnetwork.org/events/conference-registrationor by phone at 909-537-5809.
For Arts Connection, the year consisted of many triumphant feats worth commemorating; The launch of the council’s official website—Artsconnectionnetwork.org—being among the most prominent. The formal launch was celebrated at the December 15th Arts Connection Holiday Party held at the Mission Gables Bowl House in Redlands, where over 100 guests reveled in not only holiday cheer, but the launching of the fresh-faced site. The website is an all-encompassing connective line, offering access to art and information in a way San Bernardino County has never seen before.
This past summer, LACMA brought the San Bernardino Art+Film Lab—a free series of films, workshops, and an oral history project —to Perris Hill Park.
This Sunday, November 10, we welcome San Bernardino area residents to LACMA.
Visit the museum for FREE, but wait there's more!
In partnership with Arts Connection, LACMA is going to take you there from San Bernardino in a NICE BIG COMFY BUS!
Please Join Us for the Arts Connection Holiday Party and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Sunday, December 15th, 2013 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at the beautifully restored Mission Gables Bowl House in Redlands.