August 8, 2018

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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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Arts ReSourcing: Gathering and Cultivating Our Communities

2018 Arts Conference Schedule

September 29, 2018


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, arts organizations and municipalities 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 countywide arts dialogue. Afternoon sessions include professional practice workshops and discussions on important topics in the expanding fields of art and creative practices.



Copper Mountain College

Bell Center Community Room


           9:00-9:30am               Registration & Coffee

           9:30-9:45am               Welcome: Kathryn Ervin, Board Chair, Arts Connection

                  Jennifer Kane, Executive Director, Arts Connection


10:00-10:35am           Keynote address - Michelle Decker (President of the Community Foundation).

10:45-12:00pm           Panel Discussion:

                                   Vibrant San Bernardino: Exploring the range of arts and culture initiatives from across the County.

Join us for an inspiring conversation about the successes and challenges of working with the unique histories and environments and the needs of each of those communities throughout our County. 

             Moderator: Annie Buckley, Founder and Director of the Community Based Art Program,

             (Cal State San Bernardino)




                                    Rialto – Perry Brendts

(Director of Community Services, City of Rialto)

                                    Redlands – Kimberli Munkres

(Redlands Art Collaborative)

                                    Ontario–    Nancy DeDiemar

(Board Chair, Chaffey Community Museum of Art)        

                                                Victorville – Theresa D. Polley-Shellcroft

                                                            (Artist, Studio One Artworks)

  Morongo Basin – Teddy Quinn

(Musician, Creator - Beatnik Lounge, Radio Free Joshua Tree) 

12:00-1:00pm            Lunch-provided


1:00-1:15pm               A word by Chris Clarke


1:15-2:30pm               Cultural Planning in Practice

Updates and lessons learned from the Morongo Basin Plan for Arts and Culture, including strategies for other communities looking to engage in this process.


2:30-2:45pm               Break / Walk to Rooms


2:45-4:15pm               ReSource Sessions and Professional Practice:


(All of these sessions are designed to address the needs of all conference goers: artists, arts administrators, community leaders, civic leaders, nonprofit organizations, etc.)


1.     Artists Responding to Community: Outreach and Collaboration in Practice:

       Artists have always played a vital role in communities, and they are increasingly working in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary ways in order to help respond to community needs. Learn about current projects, funding streams and potential pathways that can be tapped towards future efforts. Brainstorm with other artists and civic leaders on our regions current priorities and start exploring new pathways together.

       Led by: Danielle Giudici-Wallis (Arts Connection Program Specialist)

       Speakers: David Burns of Fallen Fruit; Lesley Elwood & Joanna Keane Lopez from MBATP project; Mark Friis; Stephanie Sanchez; Stephanie Pazarin

2.     Demystifying Fiscal Sponsorship:

       Are you an artist looking to expands options for funding your work, project partnerships and possibilities? Do you work with a business or non-profit organization who has ever been approached about fiscal sponsorship or underwriting? This session will break down the differences for you and give you practical scenarios to consider as an artist an organization – legal, financial and interpersonal – as well as steps to take to find the right fit and follow the proper procedures and forms to complete.

Led by Patrick Brien (Executive Director of Riverside Arts Council) in conversation with Marcia Geiger (MBCAC Vice President)

      Speakers: Marcia Geiger, Vice President MBCAC and board member at Arts Connection

3.   Get a Life - The Social Media Landscape Today - Led by Bill Green (Founder/Creative Director of Flurry Agency)

       Arts Connection social media consultant and author Bill Green of Flurry presents an interactive, immersive and hands-on look at the current social media landscape we find ourselves in. Meant for anyone regardless of their background or level of experience, it’s a different take on the digital world by a current inhabitant and survior of that social universe. From his years in the agency world to current projects in the High Desert, he’ll share insights and methodologies for how he navigates social media that can apply to anyone.

4.     Alternate Methodologies for Creative Expression

      The session features a panel of creative professionals committed to art forms such as social practice, experimental sound, performance, written word and pop-up works. Those presenting will discuss inspiration sources, processes, challenges, and their personal fulfillment from engaging in alternative methodologies.

        Led by Cathy Allen. - 

       Panel members: Adrienne Jenik, Karyl Newman, Kate Short, and Richard Soos     

5.     Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

How can we implement our great ideas for a just society in the art world, and in art representation with the economic and social diversity of our desert communities? How do we implement "diverse & inclusive" practices, language, and images into our art practices, organizations, classrooms et. al?  This panel shares stories and offers an on-site workshop so that attendees may leave with a new toolkit for diversity & inclusivity practices in their tote bag. Presenters share their experiences organizing communities or creating art work focused on LGBTQIA ++, disabled, mixed-race, African American, Latinax, POC, queer, women, and more.

      Led by Tania Hammidi

      Speakers: Kathryn Ervin, Vicki Lewis, Alexis Ortega


4:15-4:30pm                           Break/ Walk Back to Bell Center Community Room


4:30pm                                   Closing Remarks - Chris Clarke



5:00pm                       Conference Adjourns


6-9pm                        Conference After Party at Joshua Tree Saloon

                                   Music provided by the Saloon

$26 pre-registration price includes Taco Bar (vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options)

                                   No-host bar


Thank you to our sponsors


Arts Patrons



Drs. Ernest and Dorothy Garcia

Cal State San Bernardino- Office of the President





Joshua Tree Saloon


Arts Sustainers


City of Ontario

Community Life & Culture


The Ranch Projects Publishing



Arts Advocates 

Copper Mountain College Foundation

Cultural Planning Group

Gloria Macias Harrison and William Harrison, Jr

Harrison House Music, Art & Ecology


Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

Paulson Orthodontics

Stone Adventures


Arts Friends 

Chaffey College: School of Visual and Performing Arts

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (

Randy Polumbo

Lesley Elwood and Associates

High Desert Test Sites

Riverside Arts Council

Pioneer Crossing Antiques

City of Rialto







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