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Let's bring the community together to imagine what's possible for revitalizing downtown San Bernardino!
We want to include as many voices - artists, community members, business owners, civic leaders - as possible!!
 
Join us for a creative evening downtown, which will start at the Little Gallery of San Bernardino to check out their latest show! (4:00pm) Then we will join Arts Connection's Executive Director for a guided Art Walk discussion of some of downtown San B's historic points of interest.
 
We will finish the evening with a curated creative conversation over some food provided by the Green Shack! (5:30pm) The conversation will highlight current efforts already happening downtown, as well as prompts from participants to add their own ideas for the future of the area. How can we bring the community back to downtown San Bernardino?

November 16 and 17, 2018 - Mil-Tree Presents:Painting Workshop with Acclaimed Artist, Jo Bertini.
Jo Bertini is an award winning, established Australian artist for whom the
desert has become an essential subject, whose paintings resonate from the
personal to a wider manifesto. She is a painter, art educator, lecturer and
writer. She is known internationally for her paintings and drawings of desert
landscapes, people and animals. Her work has been acquired by private and
public collections both nationally and internationally and is on display in
many public art galleries, museums and institutions. https://jobertini.com

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. 

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ARTS RESOURCING: GATHERING AND CULTIVATING OUR COMMUNITIES:

Are you a visual, performing or literary artist, arts organizer, arts administrator, or community or civic leader in San Bernardino County? Join us in Joshua Tree, CA 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.

“San Bernardino is a beautiful city.” This simple statement, a conviction, comes easily to mind for Michael because he was raised here. Understandably, this concept may be hard to imagine or confirm by way of mainstream media. The city’s name alone evokes a negative image for most who have no first-hand knowledge of San Bernardino. This narrow focus does not come close to describing the city nor the community.
 

 

With a rich and diverse history, San Bernardino has the potential to regain its vibrancy and strength. What began as a personal response to tragedy has evolved into showcasing the city’s landscape in a positive light. The images in this exhibition, and forthcoming book, portray the artist’s view of San Bernardino - confirming that beauty exists here, if you slow down and look for it.

 

Text by Michael Hardison.

 

Stop by the Garcia Center for the Arts at 536 W 11th St San Bernardino, CA to view this great new collection of photographs on display until October 31, 2018.  Opening reception is this weekend, August 17th at 6pm in the auditorium.

 

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MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 2, 2018

Fifty-eight artists have been selected to display their artwork in the juried exhibition for the sixth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition in September in Twentynine Palms, CA. 

 

On December 2, 2015, a terrorist attack in the City of San Bernardino left 14 dead, 23 injured (including two law enforcement first responders), and innumerable others traumatized. The attack was a direct assault on County of San Bernardino (County) employees in the Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health Services Division. Local, state and federal public safety partners responded to the incident, killing the suspects within hours of the initial attack; two members of law enforcement were wounded in the shootout.

The County wishes to honor the victims of this senseless act of violence with a memorial. The December 2nd Memorial Committee composed of survivors, family of victims, County officials, and first responders is leading the effort to build a memorial. The County has retained Community Arts, Inc., a San Francisco- based arts organization, to assist the Committee by issuing an Invitational Call for Submittals to interested artists, designers, architects and creative teams.

 

San Bernardino, CA– Artists are integral to healthy communities, bringing people together, building community, and working toward social change. Fallen Fruit's project for San Bernardino involves working together with community members in the creation of a living artwork.  Join us for one of their events as part of this county-wide series.

 

 

Fallen Fruit at the Feldheym Library 555 West 6th Street, San Bernardino

from 1-3pm, Adopt a tree or take part in Fallen Fruit Magazine, with special guest printmaker Bob Hurton, aka "Uncle Bacon."  

 

The project’s main site will be The Garcia Center for the Arts in the City of San Bernardino, with other programming taking place at the San Bernardino County Museum, The Feldheym Library, and sites in Victorville and Crestline (which are still being determined).  The project will include plantings of a variety of citrus trees at the Garcia Center, fruit tree adoption opportunities, an art exhibition, poetry and collage that will come together in a zine,  hand-crafted wooden picnic tables etched with community quotes, and other public participatory projects. Other local artists, including Printmaker Bob Hurton (aka Uncle Bacon) and Inlandia’s Poet Laureate, Nikia Chaney, will work with Fallen Fruit and community participants on the creation of the Zine. Mark your calendars with the dated below and stay tuned for more information and event registration!

 

 

 

On Wednesday, April 4th, the Garcia Center for the Arts hosted the Poets and Writers -Inland Empire Literary Roundtable meeting.  With over 25 poets, writers, and artists in attendace, including 4 from Joshua Tree and a writer all the way from Barstow, the room was an inspiring space to be for the evening.

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I am standing at a podium in a dark room. There is one spotlight shining down on me, blinding me from the audience. I have brought two poems to share tonight. Like the other poets who have read before me and the ones after, we introduce ourselves with only our name and affirm that this reading is for Sandra Bland.  Bland, 28, was found dead in a Texas jail cell three days after being pulled over and jailed for a minor traffic violation. Authorities ruled it was suicide, prompting national outrage.

 

San Bernardino, CA. February 14, 2018.

Arts Connection has appointed Jennifer Kane as the new Executive Director. Ms. Kane brings 10 years of arts, education, and community leadership experience to her new role. The outgoing Executive Director, Danielle Giudici Wallis, looks forward to working with Ms. Kane and assisting the organization as Program Specialist. The board and current staff are thrilled to have Ms. Kane join the team and believe that her range of skills, experiences, and commitment to community will be a great asset to the organization.

February 6, 2018

Painting on Painting

James O'Keefe and David Mackenzie "Painting on Painting"

JTAG presents new works by James O'Keefe and David Mackenzie opening Feb. 10  6-8PM

David Mackenzie is best known as an artist’s artist. Mackenzie considers his work to be part of the non-objective tradition of painting and touches on notions of deconstructive architecture, modernist history, geometry and perspective. His carefully considered and formulated surfaces are part of his process.

Mackenzie's paintings are pure line & spacial presences that draws the eye of the viewer into these master works of minimalism.

James O'Keefe

     "Painting is about keeping an open mind and letting things happen.  I try to suspend judgemental thoughts that inhibit outcomes.  Physically, I am balancing  desires for control with accidents and the unexpected.  Mentally, painting is a struggle between freedom and confinement.  I often try to explain things, but I must  also honor the unexplainable.   The freedom in painting is that it can truly leave what is known, redefine itself and constantly explore. This is what inspirational painting has always done.

  This series of new work at JTAG are paintings about making paintings. Some paintings have frames mounted within the picture plane creating a kind of a picture within picture scenario. The new questions raised are, what is a picture? and what are the boundaries of a picture? "

This show runs until March 4, 2018. 

JTAG

6160729 Palms Hwy.Joshua Tree, Ca.

310 562 0511

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