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. 

This year we are inviting artists and cultural workers to guide conference goers in a participatory experience of their own place at the intersections of art, education, and community development and economic development. All of this will be framed in a supportive learning and action-oriented environment.  


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)                             

9:00-9:20 am                Acknowledgement of Land 

9:25-9:35 am                Welcome, Orientation for the Day 

9:40-10:15 am              Opening Movement – Dancer-led Audience Engagement – 

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


10:15-10:35am             Welcome by San Bernardino Valley College President and/or 

   Board of Trustees representative

(Short Intro about style of presentation/length of time for each speaker, etc)

10:40-11:40 am            Artists as Experiential and Cultural Guides, Panel and Presentations 

11:40-Noon                   Networking and meet the artists for a pre-lunch conversation, art activities outside


Noon-12:45pm            Explore the campus, meet new friends

                                    There will be an optional tour of the art facilities on campus 

  Music provided by SBVC group **  

12:45pm                      Meet back at Business Management conference center – B-100 Building

(all conference participants will select an artist (individual or group) as a guide(s) with whom they most resonate to work with for the afternoon)

1:00-1:45pm               Artist Guided Action:  facilitators and participants gather for introductions, dialogue and  

                                   exploratory activities: 

1:50-2:30pm               Working through to Action: exploring in the same group collective problem-solving or prototypes for ways to move forward in the participants identified local opportunity area.

2:30-2:45pm               Groups all meet back in main conference area (transition time)

2:45-3:30pm               Groups share the results of their work, visually or performatively.

3:35-3:50                    Thank you and closing notes

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

                                    SBVC student group 

Until 6pm                   Closing Reception with snacks and wine. Note that the closing reception for this event is free and open to the public. Please register for this portion of the event so we have accurate numbers for refreshments.

**Guides and Groups for Afternoon workshops**

Content Outline - Full descriptions coming soon.


 "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 artists 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 Mujures.


     "Community Organizing and Environmental Justice: Empowering communities with artistic tools"

      Led by Anthony Victoria - Communications Director at the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice. With additional guest facilitators to be announced shortly.

      This community action-oriented workshop will include a printing lab element supported by Duane Kellum of Skool Boiz. 


      "Strengthening the Arts in Schools" 

a.  Led by Kris Alexander (Executive Director of the California Arts Project) and Armalyn De La O (Director of the RIMS California Art Project), this workshop is for teachers, parents, artists wanting to teach or work in schools, and administrators and will include best practices and ways we can advocate for the arts in every classroom, all year

c.     VAPA standards updates

d.     The after-school pathway – opening access to more artists to get involved.

                                               i.    Looking at school district facility partners and parks and recreation departments (community centers).


 "Healthy Communities: the intersection of cities and neighborhoods"

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

               and best practices.

b.        b. Led by Mark Friis, Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator, San Bernardino Department of Public Health

  c       c. Additional facilitators, Justine Garcia, discussing the Healthy Rancho Cucamonga initiative and a recent art  

               partnership for a similar project.



























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

YUCCA VALLEY, CA – The California Welcome Center (CWC) in Yucca Valley hosted a successful first CWC Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5. The event was staged in the large parking area behind the center and featured 30 artist booths, food vendors, and music.
A highlight of the festival was announcement of the winners of the festival’s CWC Art Contest, which was launched in January inviting California artists to compete for the opportunity to be a featured consigner in the welcome center gift shop for one year. Sixty entries of California-themed artwork were submitted by artists from the desert and other state regions for the inaugural contest. 
On Saturday morning, Executive Director Kathie Ammar and festival organizers announced the six winning artists who were chosen in various categories. 
John Henson of Yucca Valley won for mixed media, Mitch Miller of Joshua Tree for photography, Jayne Schelden of Yucca Valley for painting, and Vince “Paperscaper” Calanoc of Glendale for Assemblage. Two winners were selected for jewelry, Louis Hernandez of Joshua Tree and Susan Priest of Running Springs. The winning artwork is now on display at the welcome center.

Saint John’s Episcopal Church is sponsoring a Community Film Project to highlight the uplifting and positive efforts of the local San Bernardino community to support relationships in their neighborhoods. Through generosity, beauty, and grace, the films to be produced as a part of this project will tell the stories of the people who are living and working together to make our communities stronger, together.


Selected artist(s) will be required to work directly in the selected communities and facilitate storytelling and filmmaking workshops to co-create storylines for the films to be produced.  Three short films (3 minutes each) will be produced and screened at a community event, hosted at St. John’s Church at the completion of the project in September 2019.


Deadline to Apply is April 29, 2019

Application and more information can be found online:




A project of St. John’s Episcopal Church

Grant funding provided by: Feeding Hungry Hearts Foundation


Prepared by: Arts Connection - the Arts Council of San Bernardino County

Join us in celebrating the opening of the new Yucaipa Performing Arts Center. April 11, 2019, from 3-6pm.

Ceremony starts at 3pm. Tours are until 6pm.

The Yucaipa Performing Arts Center (YPAC) is a multi-use venue in the heart of Historic Uptown Yucaipa which is located at the base of the San Bernardino National Forest. The City of Yucaipa completed construction of the building in 2019, providing a space for all types of performing arts including concerts, dance, community theater, galas, and major events. The 16,000 sq. ft. facility includes a flexible theater with retractable seating, a black box stage, classroom spaces, and an outdoor stage facing the new 14,000 sq. ft. Uptown Park. The City hosts a number of festivals in the Uptown district throughout the year, all of which incorporate live music, and aim to promote community engagement through the arts.

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