July 23, 2019

The Creative People's Conference - 2019 Featured

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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. 



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) See Map below.                            

9:00-9:20 am                Welcome, Orientation for the Day - Kathryn Ervin and Jennifer Kane, Arts Connection

9:25-10:00 am              Opening Movement – Dancer-led Audience Engagement – 

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


10:00-10:15am             Welcome by San Bernardino Valley College President - Dr. Diana Rodriguez

10:20-11:00 am            Acknowledgement of Land, Self and Place - Creative writing experience with Juan Delgado

11:15-noon                   Morning Workshops:

                                     1.   Art, Media and Driving Social Movements 

                                     2.    Painting Healthier Communities - intersection projects for safer schools

                                     3.    Activating Youth Voices through Poetry and Hip Hop


12:15-1:00pm            Network, share lunch inside or outside and enjoy music provided by San Bernardino Valley    

                                  College students 

                                  Free Screen-printing of original conference design by Ana Cervantes. Bring your own t-shirt,

                                  bag, tote or other item to screen this beautiful art onto and take home with you!!

                                  Thank you to Duan Kellum of Skool Boiz printing !!

1:00 pm                     Meet back at Business Management conference center – B-100 Building


1:10-1:30pm             San Bernardino community film project screening - Nathalie Graham and Keya Vance             

1:40-3:00pm              Afternoon workshops:

                                   1. Arts Education in Schools 

                                   2. Artist-run Spaces and Creative Entrepreneurship 

                                   3. The How-to's of Writing and Filming a Short Sketch - meet the IE Media Academy staff, students and explore the facilities.       

3:00-3:15pm               Groups all meet back in main conference area (transition time)

3:15-3:45pm               Share-out: words, images, and performances

3:45-4:00pm               Thank you and closing notes

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

                                    San Bernardino Valley College Student Group

                                    Glass-blowing demo (4-5pm)

Until 6pm                    Closing Reception with snacks and wine. Note that the closing reception for this event is free and open to the public. 



Workshop Descriptions:

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 artist 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 Mujeres.

      Workshop support from John Machado, CEO/President of The Arts Area.


     Art, Media and Driving Social Movements

      Led by Anthony Victoria - Communications Director at the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice. With additional guest facilitators: Ana Cervantes and Ben Reynoso.

      This community action-oriented workshop will include a printing lab, supported by Duan Kellum.


Arts Education in Schools


This is an exciting time in California’s arts education history!  Want to know what is emerging in arts education within our schools and districts? Come and gain information on the current and emerging California and San Bernardino County arts education landscape from our statewide and regional experts of The California Arts Project and RIMS California Arts Project —the state subject matter project for the arts.  


This workshop will introduce you to the new California Arts Standards, update you on the emerging new Arts Framework, and inform you of what these changes mean for our students and teachers. You’ll get a peek into arts classrooms in which teachers are implementing these new directions. Learn of local and statewide resources that can provide support to your schools and districts and how you can become involved. There will be time for questions and conversation leading to the creation of an individual action step you can take to support equity and access for all our students to an arts education! 


Facilitators: Kris Alexander, Executive Director, The California Arts Project 

        Armalyn De La O, Regional Director, RIMS California Arts Project, CSUSB

        TCAP Teacher Leader



Audience:  teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and artists 

Healthy Communities: the intersection of cities and neighborhoods

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

Come learn about how to put together a plan for creating this kind of project in your community. Led by Mark Friis, Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator, San Bernardino Department of Public Health

   Additional facilitators, Justine Garcia, discussing the Healthy Rancho Cucamonga initiative and a recent art partnership for a similar project. Hear from Justine Jimenez, the artist who collaborated on this project with the city.


Activating Youth Voices through Poetry and Hip Hop. Facilitators: Sam Montes (Oxymoron) (Founder of the Breakbread Mic Sesh) and Edwin Johnson (CHORDS).

Session description coming soon.


The How-to's of writing and filming a short sketch - meet the IE Media Academy staff, students and explore the facilities.


Session description coming soon. 


 Interested in sponsoring this event?  

As a sponsor of the 2016 Arts Connection Conference, your support contributes to the advancement of the visual and performing arts in San Bernardino County, benefitting artists, performers, educators, art administrators, businesses and countless communities throughout the county. The exposure you receive as a sponsor puts you in front of key decision makers. Sponsors may choose one of six visibility packages. Any pre-designed package may be tailored to t the particular needs and interests of your organization.

Download the Sponsorship Packet below.






Arts Patrons









Drs. Ernie and Dotti Garcia




Arts Sustainers 





Arts Advocates

Kristine Alexander

Armalyn De La O

Chaffey Community Museum of Art


San Bernardino County Department of Public Health - Safe Routes to Schools Program

The Arts Area

The Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art


Arts Friends

Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council

Redlands Art Association




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