Sacramento - Yesterday, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a state budget that includes a $10.8 million funding increase for programs of the California Arts Council.

San Bernardino – The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced it plans to award $7,290 to Arts Connection as part of its new Artists Activating Communities program.  The City of San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission also awarded Arts Connection funds in the amount of $8100, which acted as a matching grant, making this programming possible.

Sinfona Mexicana Mariachi Youth Academy from San Bernardino wins top honor in San Juan Capistrano, CA – May 14, 2016 -



JTHAR is proud to announce the 2016 Artist in residents for 2016.

Ari Elefterin, Tim Murdoch, Heidi Kayser, Robert Micheal Jones, & Keely

Nelson Roberts

The program begins May 24th - July 12. 2016. There will be a final exhibition of their work on July 9th 6-8PM at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery, located at 61607 29 Palms Hwy. Joshua Tree, Ca 90291.

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Sand to Stone, Contemporary Native American Art in Joshua Tree

Opening April 27th at 29 Palms Art Gallery

by Rhonda Lane Coleman, Project Director and Curator

The history between artists and National Parks dates back to the 1870s. One of the tenets of the National Park’s Call to Action for the next century is connecting people to parks through art. In January 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service announced “Imagine Your Parks” – a new $1 million grant initiative under the NEA’s Art Works category, marking the intersection of the NEA’s 50th anniversary in 2015, and the NPS’s centennial in 2016. 

We would like to introduce you to Emalynn Vento, Hannah Thiele and Hannah Lira, three of Arrowhead MotionArts’ premier dancers.  They have been accepted intoThe Joffrey Ballet School West LA Summer Intensive program, and are looking for help with funding.

For quite sometime, the City of San Bernardino has been an embattled ground. And for quite sometime, organizations and individuals have been rising to the occasion and confront the insurmountable past, present and future woes. 

Prior to last year’s unspeakable events, various organizations representing San Bernardino’s art community for example, began a serious series of dialogues around their role and their potential to spur economic and community development. Last September, Arts Connection—the San Bernardino Arts Council’s innovative arm, organized a regional conference that explored creative placemaking, cultural planning and public art. One of the event’s breakout sessions featured renowned planner James Rojas who conducted one of his signature Place It! workshops. 

As a result of the great excitement that people who attended expressed after experiencing the brief opportunity to become urban designers through play, Arts Connection responded by organizing a follow up gathering. Planner Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP, who is a board member American Planning Association Inland Empire Section, was invited to facilitate a workshop on cultural planning.

On January 23, 2016, about 30 people congregated for a 3-hour workshop at the Garcia Center for the Arts in the city of San Bernardino.The event included an overview of the 7 mandated Elements of the General Plan and why an Arts and Culture Element can be the ideal tool to develop policies that can stimulate economic activity. The rest of the workshop took place outdoors. Attendees walked around the Center’s vicinity for about 30-minutes to observe and identify opportunities and obstacles found in the built and social environments. During the event’s last half an hour, everyone who attended had an opportunity to collaborate on building a public space. Individuals who signed up for the workshop were asked to bring random objects of little value found around their home that could be use to create a public space—things like an empty bucket that could be used as a stool or a drum, or a small plant in a pot, etc. After explaining the purpose and rules of engagement, the collective had 15 minutes to build a public space on two parking spaces right outside the Center. There were no specific directions, there was no leader, the activity unfolded organically and at the end, people experienced not only their own collective potential but also their collective creativity and their will to transform a small and unnoticed space into an outdoor living room.

The momentum built as a result of such experience, has prompted Arts Connection to continue to build the narrative towards developing a set of short and long-term activities that includes preparation of an actual Cultural Plan for San Bernardino. 

The next gathering will take place on February 21, 2016, 1 pm at the San Bernardino Community Hospital, Henderson Auditorium.

For more information about this article please contact: 
Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times and a dust bowl, one form of revelry thrived – the circus. Traveling from coast to coast, rail cars packed with canvas, exotic animal menageries, strongmen, fat ladies, and roustabouts brought a much needed relief to millions of Americans. Now visitors at the Ontario Museum of History & Art’s new exhibition, Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 – 1965, opening February 4, 2016, will get to explore another side of this thrilling spectacle and a history fraught with intrigue and majesty.

As one of America’s oldest theatrical traditions, the circus started as a European transplant in the late 1700s and was perfected in the United States by the likes of John Bill Ricketts and P.T. Barnum, who first introduced us to sideshow oddities like the Feejee Mermaid and Tom Thumb. By 1900, there were more than 100 circuses crisscrossing the country and they were adept at using all of the advancements of America’s industrial revolution - the railroad, color lithography, and mass marketing strategies. The romanticized imagery, backstage stories, and photographs featured in Step Right Up! reveal both the fantasy and reality of circus life, exploring the illusions that played to the imaginations of so many.

Special Events that will be held in conjunction with the exhibition:

Prepare to be MYSTIFIED! Saturday February 13, 2016 (1 PM to 2 PM)

Join the Museum for an afternoon full of magic with illusionist Allen Oshiro. This unforgettable illusion act will entertain kids of all ages. This is a free event.  Reservations are required.

Film Screening: Dumbo (1941), Saturday, February 20, 2016 

(Refreshments/crafts at 2:30 PM, Film Screening at 3:30 PM)

Join the Museum for the classic film Dumbo (1941). Light refreshments, crafts and other fun activities will be available prior to the film screening. This is a free event.  Reservations are required.

Circus Poster Presentation and Circus Diorama Workshop, Saturday, February 27, 2016 (2 PM to 4 PM)

Learn about the history of the circus poster from Greg McWhorter, teacher, pop-culture historian and private collector of vintage posters and books. After the lecture, create a small diorama inspired by the intrigue of the circus. To participate, bring a small box. Other materials will be provided. This is a free event.  Reservations are required.

Family Discovery Day: Circus Spectacular! Saturday, March 12, 2016 (Noon to 4 PM)

Explore the exhibit Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 – 1965 and participate in art workshops, a photo booth, entertaining acts and face painting for the whole family! This is a free event.

Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 – 1965 takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presence of this grand American theatrical tradition.  The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at and

The Ontario Museum of History & Art is located at 225 South Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762. Gallery hours are Noon to 4 PM, Thursday through Sunday. Admission is free. For information, call (909) 395-2510. The Ontario Museum of History & Art, is a public-private museum operated by the City of Ontario with support from the non-profit Ontario Museum of History & Art Associates.

The new fund will be listed in "Voluntary Contribution" portion of 2013 California tax returns 

SACRAMENTO - Californians will once again have the opportunity to support the California Arts Council and its arts programs for children through their state individual tax refund. Yesterday, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Senate Bill 571 (Senator Carol Liu, La Canada Flintridge), returning the arts to the voluntary contribution portion of California tax return forms through the new "Keep Arts in Schools Fund."

"This is wonderful news for California's young people," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. "We hope all those who know arts education results in future success for California's children will take advantage of this opportunity to directly contribute to arts education via their tax return."

He continued, "We are grateful to Senator Carol Liu for shepherding the enabling legislation that allows Californians to directly contribute to arts education through voluntary contributions on their tax form."

Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more. Arts supporters who use accounting services should tell their tax preparers about contributing to the "Keep Arts in Schools Fund," and encourage others to pursue this opportunity to support California arts education. The California Arts Council will provide detailed information and tutorials on how to contribute as tax season approaches via their website

Previously, the California Arts Council participated in the voluntary contribution program through the "Arts Council Fund," but was eliminated after 2011 tax year contributions fell short of the $250,000 minimum required to stay on the form.

"With the improved fund name and designation of all contributions to support arts education in California communities, the ‘Keep Arts in Schools Fund' is sure to succeed in bringing much needed support to arts education in the state," Watson said.

The 2013 tax return form (to complete in 2014) from the Franchise Tax Board will allow California taxpayers to contribute to the "Keep Arts in Schools Fund" in the "Voluntary Contribution" section. Senate Bill 571 was originally authored and introduced by Senator Curren D. Price, former chair of the Joint Committee of the Arts. Authorship was assumed by Senator Carol Liu when Senator Price was elected to the Los Angeles City Council earlier this year. 

Californians can also support arts education by purchasing the "Arts Plate," the iconic license plate with a sunset and palm tree motif designed by California artist Wayne Thiebaud. More information is available at

The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Wylie Aitken, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Christopher Coppola, Andrew Green, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, William Turner, and Rosalind Wyman

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA -- A new exhibition, Sam Maloof Woodworker: Life | Art | Legacy, will open February 14 in the Jacobs Education Center gallery at The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts.
Conceived as part of a year-long celebration of the Maloof Centennial, the exhibition will bring together more than 60 objects including examples of Maloof furniture, drawings, photographs, works of art, documents, video excerpts, ephemera and other items.
Although Maloof furniture has been displayed in dozens of exhibitions over the years at museum venues nationwide, no previous exhibition has been more ambitious in its efforts to chronicle Maloof’s lifelong journey as an artist and craftsperson. The exhibition will be organized thematically in four gallery spaces offering insights into Sam’s art, mentors, innovations and lasting impact. 
A new book, Sam Maloof: Thirty-six Views of a Master Woodworker by Fred Setterberg and published by Heyday Books, will accompany the exhibition. A special tour of the exhibition, Maloof Historic Home, and Discovery Garden, will be offered on Wednesday, February 17 as part of Palm Springs Modernism Week 2016. 

In early 2015, the California Arts Council announced a competitive grant for projects that would enrich the lives of California's veterans, active-duty military and their families through the arts. 

It's official, the city of San Bernardino has a new arts center! The building, which originally began as a cultural arts center in 1935 has come full circle. 

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