2017 Arts Connection Annual Conference
September 30, 2017 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Copper Mountain College (Bell Center), Joshua Tree
Site-Specific: Creating Opportunities for Arts and Culture: Join us for an inspiring day of presentations, discussions and workshops about creative placemaking, cultural arts planning, professional practices and community-based art. Conference programming will include current practices, tools and strategies that help artists, arts administrators and arts organizations initiate projects that build and strengthen community from within, engaging new audiences and honoring the unique character and quality of place.
The San Bernardino region is ripe with opportunities for cultural growth and arts engagement. This year’s focus is on creative placemaking, cultural arts planning, professional practices and community-based art. Programming will include current practices, tools and strategies that help visual, performing and literary artists, administrators and organizations initiate projects that build their communities from within, engaging new audiences and honoring the unique character and quality of place.
The conference site provides a perfect environment to explore some of the exciting arts and culture programming in the region. Juan Devis, Chief Creative Officer for KCETLink Media Group and California Arts Council Member, will kick off the day with opening remarks, followed by a panel on the unique hi-desert region, moderated by Bernard Leibov, Founder and Director of BoxoPROJECTS, with panelists Barnett English of Joshua Tree Music Festival, Rebecca Lowry of JT Lab, Eva Soltes of Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology, Cheryl Montelle of Mil-Tree, and Vanesa Zendajas of High Desert Test Sites. The afternoon will include an introduction to two County initiatives coming to the Morongo Basin for cultural arts and active transportation planning, and professional development sessions with presenters Gene Evaro Jr., Sant Khalsa, and Cati Porter, Michelle Skiljan and David Catanzarite.
We have also made available five post-conference art experiences for conference registrants to choose from in the Joshua Tree area! Events include a Sound Bath at the Integratron in Landers at 5:45pm ($35 per person); a tour of Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology with Eva Soltes at 3:30 ($10 per person); a tour of the Noah Purifoy Foundation’s Outdoor Museum with Cathy Allen at 4:30pm ($10 per person); a tour of Furstwurld with Bobby Furst at 6:00pm ($10 per person) and a tour of Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West at 4:00pm ($35 per person). Registration is limited, and advance payment is required. Register here for art experiences-- only available for conference registrants. This is a fundraiser for Arts Connection-- thank you to our contributors!
10:00am Welcome with Kathryn Ervin, Arts Connection Board Chair
Conference overview, Co-chairs Danielle Giudici Wallis & Sant Khalsa
Opening Remarks with Juan Devis, Chief Creative Officer for KCETLink Media
Group and California Arts Council Member
10:30am Panel Discussion. "Creative Placemaking: Local Case Studies"
Moderator: Bernard Liebov, BoxoPROJECTS
Barnett English, Joshua Tree Music Festival
Rebecca Lowry, Joshua Tree Art Innovation Laboratory
Cheryl Montelle, Mil-tree
Eva Soltes, Harrison House Music Arts Ecology
Vanesa Zendajas, High Desert Test Site
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Planning for the Future: An introduction to Morongo Basin Cultural Arts
and Active Transportation Planning
2:00 pm Professional Practices skills workshops for visual artists, performing
artists, musicians, writers and arts administrators.
3:00 pm Closing Remarks with Danielle Segura, Executive Director of Mojave Desert Land Trust