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September 20, 2017

One voice can make a difference; many voices can make a change!

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Did you know that Arts Connection is an independent non-profit arts council, not a unit of government? We are dedicated to stimulating creative and economic vitality and enriching lives throughout the communities we serve by providing support, promotion, education, and advocacy for the arts.

Speaking up for the arts and culture is integral to our mission!

We need you to strengthen our collective voice, and part of that is getting involved in the Morongo Basin Strategic Plan for Culture and Arts!

The County of San Bernardino is working with The Cultural Planning Group and Arts Connection to facilitate a process that is community driven and will truly reflect the community it is intended to serve. A robust plan can help everyone by leveraging resources and developing policies that will increase support and access to the arts. Visit http://www.cultureandartsmb.com to find out more and participate!

The 2017 Arts Connection Annual Conference, “Site Specific: Creating Opportunities for Arts & Culture,” featured a presentation from David Plettner- Saunder, Managing Partner of The Cultural Planning Group, to introduce this initiative. We also had an introduction to the Morongo Basin Active Transporation Plan from KOA Corporation’s Senior Transportation Planner, Rogelio Pelayo and Lesley Elwood, founder of Elwood & Associates, a sub-consultant on the plan.

What does the Active Transporation Plan (ATP) have to do with the arts? Arts Connection has advocated for the inclusion of public arts within transportation planning, and KOA Corporation, which was contracted to work on the plan, has included components for arts engagement in the process of designing it! The ATP is funded by San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, previously known as SANBAG.

Now is the time to get involved-- you can help in creating future opportunities for arts & culture, and stay tuned for the release of an upcoming RFQ for Morongo Basin Artists!

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Special thanks to our conference host, Copper Mountain College!




Drs. Ernest & Dorothy Garcia


Arts Sustainers

Randy Polumbo

KOA Corporation Planning & Engineering

San Bernardino Art Association

The Ranch Projects Publishing

Joshua Tree Music Festival


Arts Advocates

Paulson Orthodontics

Mojave Desert Land Trust

Cultural Planning Group

Gruen Associates

The Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

The Ontario Museum of History and Art

The Community Foundation

The Noah Purifoy Foundation

Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology

Pappy & Harriets

Bobby Furst 

The Joshua Tree Inn


Arts Friends

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR)

Chaffey College, School of Visual & Performing Arts

High Desert Test Sites

Elwood & Associates

Inlandia Institute


Special thanks to Copper Mountain College for our hosting the conference this year!









The Garcia Center for the Arts
536 W. 11th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Tel: 909.381.1900

mailing address:

5500 University Parkway
Visual Arts Building, Rm. 308
San Bernardino, CA 92407

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