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Are you a visual, performing or literary artist, arts organizer, arts administrator, or community or civic leader in San Bernardino County? Join us for an inspiring day highlighting how artists, municipalities, and organizations from across the county have integrated arts and culture initiatives into a sustainable, community-based approach. This conference will provide an opportunity to network and share your own work and contribute to this evolving county-wide arts dialogue. Afternoon sessions include professional practice workshops and discussions on important topics in the expanding fields of art and creative practices.

Registration is $30 for members, $60 for non-members and includes lunch! 
When you click through to register you will be invited to join other arts and cultural experiences pre-and-post conference. These additional experiences are fundraisers for Arts Connection programming so please spread the word about the Sound Bath and A-Z west tour. These experiences can be booked separately from the conference registration.


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August 10, 2016

Annual Conference 2016

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This year's conference is scheduled for October 8th, from 9am to 1pm at the University of Redlands, Orton Center. We'll be exploring how the arts can work across sectors to better our communities. Through presentations, conversations and the opportunity to network, you'll be introduced to other potential collaborators interested in the role that creativity can play in solving problems and strengthening the fabric of our communities.

The 2015 Arts Connection Annual Conference, “Arts Creating Community,” will take place on September 26th from 9am-5pm at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. It will be an inspiring full-day of presentations, discussions and workshops about creative placemaking, cultural planning and public art. Learn about current practices, tools and strategies available to help artists, arts administrators, arts educators and arts organizations initiate projects that strengthen the community from within, engaging new audiences and honoring the character and quality of place. Additionally, the conference will facilitate networking opportunities and enable attendees to exchange ideas and information with arts professionals from throughout the county. 

The conference is free for members, with individual memberships starting at $25.  Membership must be current through date of conference.  

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Our 2014 conference, "Professional Practices for Visual & Performing Artists and Administrators" was our inaugural conference, and kicked things off with an impressive lineup.

Presenters and facilitators including Visual Artist Workshop Leader, Karen Atkinson, Founder of GYST-Ink and CalArts Professor; Arts Administrator Workshop Leader, Scott Ward, Executive Director, Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena; Performing Artist Workshop Leader, Matt Walker, Artistic Director, Troubadour Theatre Company; Roundtable Discussion Facilitators, Valerie Peister, Community Outreach Programming Manager, Redlands Bowl; Michael Segura, City of San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission, Member of San Bernardino Generation Now; Paige Taylor, Education and Outreach Coordinator, RAFFMA; and Closing Speaker, Daniel Foster, Executive Director, Oceanside Museum of Art, formerly President/CEO of The Community Foundation and founding board chair of Arts Connection.

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

Tel: 909.381.1900

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

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