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June 2, 2016

Arts Connection Launches Artists Activating Communities: Political Cartooning Workshops with Michael Segura

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San Bernardino – The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced it plans to award $7,290 to Arts Connection as part of its new Artists Activating Communities program.  The City of San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission also awarded Arts Connection funds in the amount of $8100, which acted as a matching grant, making this programming possible.

Artists Activating Communities is a new pilot grant program which supports sustained artistic residencies in community settings, demonstrating the arts to be a central component of civic life, and artists to be vital in shaping society.  Artists Activating Communities projects are artist-driven, engage community members as active participants, and activate participants to develop and express their own creativity.

This is the first time the Artists Activating Communities program has been offered. Arts Connection is one of only forty-seven grantees for this highly competitive program, which received applications from eighty-five organizations statewide.

With support from the California Arts Council and matching funds from The San Bernardino City Fine Arts Commission, Arts Connection in collaboration with artist/activist Michael Segura will offer a series of political cartooning workshops for teens and up at the Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino. Workshops will engage participants in discussion around local, regional and national issues, as well as teaching fundamental cartooning techniques and materials. Guest artists, including Phil Yeh, and civic groups will be brought in for additional presentations, and participants will have the opportunity to publish work through the Inland Empire Community Newspaper, a special election issue of Uncle Jam magazine and the Arts Connection website. 

“California Arts Council grants support a wide range of projects that are crafted by each community to reflect their values and needs,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “It is thrilling to see what artists can accomplish when working collaboratively with their communities. An increased state investment in the arts allows us to further spark powerful growth and prosperity in our communities, such as the outstanding work that will result from the deep arts engagement provided by Arts Connection and Michael Segura’s Artists Activating Communities project.”

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