Alan Van Fleet

Alan Van Fleet

A.E. Van Fleet is an artist and graphic designer currently living and working in San Bernardino, California

Art Night is a series of pop-up galleries showcasing the creative and artistic abilities of local artists in a collective effort to bring art, music and entertainment to downtown.

Art Night is intended to encourage creative thinking, stimulate conversation, inspire artists and enliven the community.  

CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY:

  •   Artists must be 18 years and older, unless supervised by a responsible adult.

  •   Artists must be a resident of San Bernardino or Riverside County.

  •   Artwork must be original and have been executed and owned by the artist whose name appears in the online entry registration.

  •   Textiles, such as T-shirts and scarves, must be original work and cannot contain reference to Art Night.

  •   No items which are ingested or placed on the skin can be demonstrated, exhibited or sold. (Examples: Soaps and Lotions)

  •   Artwork must have been completed within the last three (3) years.

  •   There is no entree fee; however, if the artist plans to sell artwork, they must have a California State Sellers Permit and obtain a 1-day sales permit ($12.00) from City of San Bernardino Business Registration Office. Permit must be displayed at your space on the evening of the event. The application is attached.

  •   All artwork should embrace the spirit of Art Night as a community event. The Community Development Director has sole discretion to approve all artwork before it is displayed

  •   Artists may demonstrate techniques within their exhibit space (Example: Painting On-Site or Metal Working).

  • The City of San Bernardino, its employees and volunteers are not responsible for the contents, facilities, or individuals

    associated with Art Night.

  • No commercial goods for resale or consigned goods will be allowed.

  • Artists must provide their own flame retardant pop-up, chairs, tables and other display equipment. A 10ft x10ft, 10ft x 20ft or a 10ft x 30ft space will be provided.

  • There will not be access to electricity at the event. You may bring a generator if needed for your exhibit. Here are Four (4) pre-approved types of generators: 1. Champion Power Equipment 75537i, 3100 Watt 2. Honda EU20001, 2000 Watt 3. WEN 56352, 3000 Watts 4. Smarter Tools STAP-2000iQ, 1600 Watts

  • All transaction will take place directly between the artists and the customer.

  • Artist spaces must be staffed at all times for the protection of the artists and their work. The City of San Bernardino will not be responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen items, including but not limited to artworks and/or personal affects.

  • Artists may only promote their artwork within the exhibit . Solicitation beyond the exhibit is discouraged.

  • Artists are responsible for the setup, take down and clean up of their space. Any violation of this will prohibit them from participating in the future. Setup will be from 12pm (Noon) to 4:30pm, and Tear Down will be from 8pm to 10pm.

  • Food items will not be allowed for sale through artist booths, but food trucks will be available.

  • ABSOLUTELY NO PYROTECHNICS SHALL BE USED AT THIS EVENT.

  • The City of San Bernardino retains the right to reject any application that does not meet these guidelines.

    Questions? Please contact Stephanie Sanchez in Community Development (909) 384-7272 X3343 or sanchez_stephanie@sbcity.org 

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – MainStreet Theatre Company, which was recently included in American Theatre Magazine’s list of “20 Theatres you should take your kids to”, is happy to announce its 11th season of high quality performances specifically for children and families. “This year, we’ll be doing three classic stories that everyone knows and loves”, said Mireya “Murry” Hepner, the company’s producer. “I’m thrilled that some of the most highly regarded theatre artists working in Southern California will be back in Rancho Cucamonga, sharing their artistry with our school groups and families. Each production will be produced in MainStreet’s unique way, full of the creativity, great production values and wonderful acting that our audiences have come to expect.” 

Each story in the 2016/2017 season is set in a different time period, but they all share great messages about discovery, kindness, and friendship. 

 

STUART LITTLE 

Adapted by Joseph Robinette 

Directed by Art Manke 

October 1 – 16, 2016 

The season begins with a charming adaptation of the beloved book by E.B. White about a mouse named Stuart who is born into an ordinary New York family. A cast of five will bring the story delightfully to life, changing characters and using elements of “story theatre” as we follow Stuart’s many adventures in this classic tale about loyalty and friendship. Composer Deborah Wicks-La Puma (who wrote the great music for Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play”, among many others, will be contributing original music to help move the story along. It’s a great introduction to theatre for our youngest kids, best suited for grades K-3

 

THE SECRET GARDEN 

Based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

Adapted by Pamela Sterling 

Directed by Jessica Kubzansky 

January 28 – February 12, 2017 

A perfect anecdote to a dreary January is this timeless story, which has been a staple of children’s literature for over 100 years. This award-winning adaptation stays true to the cherished book, where a cantankerous and orphaned Mary Lennox is taken away from her home in India to live with her reclusive uncle in the Yorkshire Moors. With the help of a robin (played by a puppet in the production) and new friends, Mary discovers a garden that changes her life, and that of those around her. Recommended for Ages 7 and up. 

 

Stiles and Drewe’s GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS 

Music by George Stiles 

Book & Lyrics by Anthony Drewe 

Directed by Abigail Deser 

Musical Director: Janice Rodgers Wainwright 

April 28 – May 13, 2017 

The spring brings a fun confection from the hilarious writing team behind the very popular The Three Little Pigs, a highlight of MainStreet’s 2014/2015 season. In this light-hearted show, when the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem! Featuring an unforgettable score and some contemporary twists to a classic story every child knows and loves, this humorous adaptation is “just right” for the whole family! Recommended for ages 4 and up. 

 

Single tickets are $18.00 for Adults and $16.00 for children up to age 12, and seniors 60 and older. “Foundation Family Flex Packs”, where tickets are only $12.00 if they’re bought in packs of 4 or more for the same performance are available for all MainStreet Theatre Company productions. The Rancho Cucamonga Community and Arts Foundation will also continue to support “Foundation Family Saturdays” for the opening performance of each MainStreet show, where all seats are only $10.00. 

 

All three MainStreet Theatre Company shows will also be doing performances on weekday mornings specifically for school groups, who come on field trips to the theatre. Study guides for teachers and parents will be available on the Playhouse website approximately 6 weeks before performances begin for each show. Information for teachers and schools interested in booking field trips can be found by calling the Lewis Family Playhouse box office (909)-477-2752. 

 

The MainStreet Theatre Company is the resident Equity Company at the Lewis Family Playhouse, producing innovative shows specifically for children and family audiences. Drawing from creative talent from all over Southern California, the MainStreet Theatre Company introduces many children to the wonder of live theatre for the very first time! MainStreet shows are performed for school groups as well as for general audiences, with most shows based on classic or contemporary children’s literature. 

An intimate, 550-seat venue, the Lewis Family Playhouse is the crown jewel of the three-acre, 89,000-square foot Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. The complex is conveniently located off the I-15 at Foothill Boulevard, as a major anchor of Victoria Gardens. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, with free parking available. 

 

For More Information – For additional information, please call the Lewis Family Playhouse Box Office at (909) 477-2752 or (877) 858-8422. To purchase tickets on-line, please visit www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com. 

 

“Like” us on Facebook & sign up for “The MainStreet Scoop” for more up to the minute details about the productions and the theatre company, at www.facebook.com/MainStreetTheatreCompany

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – MainStreet Theatre Company, which was recently included in American Theatre Magazine’s list of “20 Theatres you should take your kids to”, is happy to announce its 11th season of high quality performances specifically for children and families. “This year, we’ll be doing three classic stories that everyone knows and loves”, said Mireya “Murry” Hepner, the company’s producer. “I’m thrilled that some of the most highly regarded theatre artists working in Southern California will be back in Rancho Cucamonga, sharing their artistry with our school groups and families. Each production will be produced in MainStreet’s unique way, full of the creativity, great production values and wonderful acting that our audiences have come to expect.” 

Each story in the 2016/2017 season is set in a different time period, but they all share great messages about discovery, kindness, and friendship. 

 

STUART LITTLE 

Adapted by Joseph Robinette 

Directed by Art Manke 

October 1 – 16, 2016 

The season begins with a charming adaptation of the beloved book by E.B. White about a mouse named Stuart who is born into an ordinary New York family. A cast of five will bring the story delightfully to life, changing characters and using elements of “story theatre” as we follow Stuart’s many adventures in this classic tale about loyalty and friendship. Composer Deborah Wicks-La Puma (who wrote the great music for Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play”, among many others, will be contributing original music to help move the story along. It’s a great introduction to theatre for our youngest kids, best suited for grades K-3

 

THE SECRET GARDEN 

Based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

Adapted by Pamela Sterling 

Directed by Jessica Kubzansky 

January 28 – February 12, 2017 

A perfect anecdote to a dreary January is this timeless story, which has been a staple of children’s literature for over 100 years. This award-winning adaptation stays true to the cherished book, where a cantankerous and orphaned Mary Lennox is taken away from her home in India to live with her reclusive uncle in the Yorkshire Moors. With the help of a robin (played by a puppet in the production) and new friends, Mary discovers a garden that changes her life, and that of those around her. Recommended for Ages 7 and up. 

 

Stiles and Drewe’s GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS 

Music by George Stiles 

Book & Lyrics by Anthony Drewe 

Directed by Abigail Deser 

Musical Director: Janice Rodgers Wainwright 

April 28 – May 13, 2017 

The spring brings a fun confection from the hilarious writing team behind the very popular The Three Little Pigs, a highlight of MainStreet’s 2014/2015 season. In this light-hearted show, when the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem! Featuring an unforgettable score and some contemporary twists to a classic story every child knows and loves, this humorous adaptation is “just right” for the whole family! Recommended for ages 4 and up. 

 

Single tickets are $18.00 for Adults and $16.00 for children up to age 12, and seniors 60 and older. “Foundation Family Flex Packs”, where tickets are only $12.00 if they’re bought in packs of 4 or more for the same performance are available for all MainStreet Theatre Company productions. The Rancho Cucamonga Community and Arts Foundation will also continue to support “Foundation Family Saturdays” for the opening performance of each MainStreet show, where all seats are only $10.00. 

 

All three MainStreet Theatre Company shows will also be doing performances on weekday mornings specifically for school groups, who come on field trips to the theatre. Study guides for teachers and parents will be available on the Playhouse website approximately 6 weeks before performances begin for each show. Information for teachers and schools interested in booking field trips can be found by calling the Lewis Family Playhouse box office (909)-477-2752. 

 

The MainStreet Theatre Company is the resident Equity Company at the Lewis Family Playhouse, producing innovative shows specifically for children and family audiences. Drawing from creative talent from all over Southern California, the MainStreet Theatre Company introduces many children to the wonder of live theatre for the very first time! MainStreet shows are performed for school groups as well as for general audiences, with most shows based on classic or contemporary children’s literature. 

An intimate, 550-seat venue, the Lewis Family Playhouse is the crown jewel of the three-acre, 89,000-square foot Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. The complex is conveniently located off the I-15 at Foothill Boulevard, as a major anchor of Victoria Gardens. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, with free parking available. 

 

For More Information – For additional information, please call the Lewis Family Playhouse Box Office at (909) 477-2752 or (877) 858-8422. To purchase tickets on-line, please visit www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com. 

 

“Like” us on Facebook & sign up for “The MainStreet Scoop” for more up to the minute details about the productions and the theatre company, at www.facebook.com/MainStreetTheatreCompany

Thursday, July 28, 2016 through Sunday, September 18, 2016

U.S. Route 66 was one of the first official highways, established in 1926. The highway connected Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, traveling through 8 states (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California). Known as “The Mother Road,” Route 66 brought business and prosperity to the communities it ran through. With the creation of the Interstate System in 1956, the once popular highway was bypassed by motorists and in 1985 Route 66 was officially decommissioned.

Mother Road Revisited: Route Sixty-Six Then and Now aims to explore the idea of travel and American culture through interactive photography. Photographs taken in the 1950s and 1960s along Route 66 are paired with contemporary photographs by Natalie Slater taken along the modern day Route 66, from the exact same location and vantage point. Slater then combined the two pictures into a single image that shows both the new parts and the vintage aspects of the same scene. This project is an effort to show what America has done to its once booming American symbol, “The Mother Road.”

© Natalie Slater, the exhibition is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. 

 

Special Events that will be held in conjunction with the exhibition:

Film Screening: Cars (2006), Saturday, August 6, 2016

(Light refreshments and crafts at 5:30 PM, Film Screening at 6:00 PM)

Bring the whole family for the story of rookie racecar, Lighting McQueen, who gets lost on the way to California for a race and ends up on Route 66 in a little town called Radiator Springs. Light refreshments and crafts will be available before the film screening. This is a free event. Reservations are required.

 

Cucamonga Service Station Lecture, Thursday, August 11, 2016

 

(6:00 PM to 7:30 PM)

Learn about the restoration of the Cucamonga Service Station, built around 1915, with a presentation by Luana Y. Hernandez, Vice President of the Route 66 Inland Empire Club Association. The station once bustled with travelers who stopped to refuel on the legendary U.S. Route 66 highway running from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California and through the Inland Empire area. This is a free event. Reservations are required.

 

Model-A Car Lecture with Richard Delman, Saturday, September 10, 2016

(2:00 PM to 3:30 PM)

Join Pomona Valley Model-A Club representative, Richard Delman for a car viewing and lecture on Model-A cars and the ever changing car culture of Ontario. This is a free event. Reservations are required.

 

The Ontario Museum of History & Art is located at 225 S. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762. Gallery hours are Noon to 4 PM, Thursday through Sunday. Admission is free.  For more information, call (909) 395-2510 or visit www.ontarioca.gov/museum.  The Ontario Museum of History & Art is a public-private museum operated by the City of Ontario with support from the non-profit Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates.

 

 

With six months to go in The Maloof Foundation’s year-long centennial celebration, several new projects are slated to explore the lasting influence of modernist woodworker Sam Maloof (1916-2009) at venues from Riverside, CA to Washington, DC.

The offerings include a symposium, books, catalogs, podcasts and several exhibitions, which will introduce audiences to a broad range of artists who are carrying forward America's studio furniture movement into the 21st century.

Smithsonian Symposium: Why We Make, What We Make
 
“Furniture and the Future,” a day-long symposium presented jointly by the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery and the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, will be held September 16, 2016 in Washington, DC.
 
The symposium will examine historical and contemporary design and production of furniture and related objects in light of the fundamental changes brought about by the digital age, considering not only how furniture is transforming to meet the needs of contemporary society, but also the broader implications of why we make, what we make, and how it affects our world. 
 
The symposium is made possible with support from the James Renwick Alliance, the Windgate Foundation and Woodcraft Supply.
 
Cultural historian and curator Michael Prokopow will deliver the keynote address, with additional presentations to be made by architect and author Witold Rybczynski and Paul Sacaridiz, director of the Haystack Mountain School.  Curator and author Glenn Adamson will moderate a panel discussion with contemporary wood artists including Wendell Castle, Wendy Maruyama, Christy Oates, Larry White and Uhuru.
 
Smithsonian Renwick Gallery
 
Visitors to the nation’s capital may also view Maloof work on display at the Renwick, showcased as part of the museum’s soon-to-open reinstallation of its permanent collection galleries. The re-imagined galleries, planned by Nora Atkinson, the Renwick’s Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, feature one of Sam’s most iconic pieces, the Evans arm chair.  An exquisitely sculpted work, the chair is also featured in the Renwick’s permanent collection catalog.
 
Architect/Author Leads Special Tours
 
On August 6, The Maloof Foundation in Rancho Cucamonga will host a day of tours led by architect Ann Kovara, who served as project manager during relocation of the Maloof Historic home. The project, undertaken in 2000 to save the woodworker’s National Register-listed home from the path of the 210 Freeway, will be recounted by Kovara in three 90-minute-long tours. Kovara will also autograph copies of her new book, Moving Sam, published by Schiffer. Tour tickets are available for purchase at malooffoundation.org.

Los Angeles International Airport
 
Beginning August 20, more than two million visitors to Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 2 will have a chance to see Furniture as Art/Art as Furniture, a pop-up exhibit organized by Southern California furniture maker Stephen Courtney in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports. The displayed works, including a Maloof musician’s chair, will highlight Maloof's role as a pioneer in America’s studio furniture movement, noting his influence on a current generation of Southern California designers and makers. 
 
Jurors for the LAX project included LACMA decorative arts curator Bobbye Tigerman, Huntington Library curator of American decorative arts Hal Nelson, and California State University, San Diego educator and artist Wendy Maruyama. The jurors selected more than 20 contemporary furniture artists whose works will be shown alongside the Maloof chair. The LAX display will be on view for six months, through February 15, 2017.

An accompanying catalog, with foreword by Smithsonian Fellow Oscar Fitzgerald, noted author and historian of American decorative arts, will survey additional works, with examples from more than 80 Southern California makers. 
 
Riverside Art Museum Exhibition
 
Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, CA will consider Maloof’s role in inspiring studio furniture makers in the 21st century. The exhibition, Sit By Me, will feature a selection of Maloof pieces, along with works by makers Mike Johnson, Geoffrey Keating, Laura Kishimoto, Laura Mays, Brandon Morrison, and Reed Hansuld. The exhibition runs October 28 through January 29, 2017.
 
LAST CHANCE: Maloof Retrospective 

The retrospective exhibition, Sam Maloof Woodworker: Life | Art | Legacy, which has attracted thousands of visitors to The Maloof since February, is entering its final weeks, closing August 27.  Sculpture in the Garden 2016, featuring works by more than 60 California artists, continues its run at the site, through October 29.
 
Beginning October 2, California Wood Artists: Maloof and Beyond will look to the future, spotlighting sculpture and furniture works by more than 40 contemporary artists, including Gary Knox Bennett, John Cederquist, Barbara Holmes and others. The exhibition will run through February 11, 2017. 
 
Online Coverage
 
Other Maloof Centennial offerings include the critically acclaimed book Sam Maloof: 36 Views of a Master Woodworker by Fred Setterberg, published by Heyday Books. Since debut of the book, the author has been featured in a wide range of broadcast and print interviews, including a full-page review in the Washington Post. Audio and video podcasts from various outlets explore the author’s experiences interviewing Maloof subjects such as President Jimmy Carter and others. For links to coverage, visit malooffoundation.org. The book is on sale at the Maloof Store, Amazon and bookstores nationwide.
 
Visiting the Maloof

Admission to the gallery and gardens at The Maloof is free to all. Regular docent-led tours of the Maloof Historic Home are $15 for adults; the one-day-only Moving Sam Maloof Tours on August 6 are $24/person. Regular public hours for gallery and gardens are Thursdays and Saturdays 12 noon to 4 pm. For tour reservations, visit malooffoundation.org.

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The San Bernardino Art Association cordially invites you to participate in their 2016 Open Art Exhibition

1st Place $500 - 2nd Place $300 - 3rd Place $200

2 Honorable Mentions ($50 each)

Download the application from the San Bernardino Art Association website

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.

2016 marks the City of Ontario’s 125th Anniversary since its incorporation on December 10, 1891. Help celebrate Ontario’s 125th Anniversary as a docent at the Ontario Museum of History & Art by sharing our rich history and heritage of community, culture, and commerce with visitors.

The museum is currently looking for volunteers to participate in its docent training program that begins in April. Docents provide interactive group learning experiences through guided tours of museum exhibits and presentations at local schools and community centers. No previous background in art or history is required, just a passion for learning and interacting with visitors. The ability to speak a language other than English is a plus. The benefits of becoming a docent include: building relationships with people who share a common interest, becoming an active participant in the community, and taking behind-the-scenes field trips to destinations around the City of Ontario. 

Docents play an essential role at the Ontario Museum of History & Art through their interactions with visitors. Our docents have been key in providing tours for 1,200 students annually. Tours are projected to increase to over 2,000 students a year, making the role of docents even greater. Join us at one of the following informational sessions to learn more about the docent program:

Share Your Love for the City of Ontario: Introduction to the Museum Docent Program

Thursday, March 17, 2016 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM) or Saturday, April 2, 2016 (10:30 AM to Noon) 

Join us for an opportunity to learn about our docent program. Participate in a tour and brief presentation, hosted by the museum curators and docents. Light refreshments. Free Admission. Reservations requested. For more information or to make a reservation call (909) 395-2510.

 

The Ontario Museum of History & Art is located at 225 S. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762. Gallery hours are Noon to 4 PM, Thursday through Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (909) 395-2510 or visit: www.ontarioca.gov/museum-history-art. The Ontario Museum of History & Art, is a public-private museum operated by the City of Ontario with support from the non-profit Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates.

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SHARE YOUR STORY! The Anthropology Museum at Cal State San Bernardino is preparing an exhibition that will highlight everyday stories of childhood, and YOU are invited to contribute.

The exhibition will feature objects that community members have saved from their youth – personal mementos that have sentimental value and help to tell stories of whimsy, change, tragedy, triumph, and personal growth. Your object and story will be woven together with others’ to collectively consider what memory is, the process of remembering, and why “things” hold a special place in our hearts.

Participant Criteria: Participants must be connected to San Bernardino County or the broader Inland Empire -- as past or present students, employees, residents, etc.

Requirements of Participation:

  • An interview about one object saved from childhood that has sentimental value to you
  • Your interview can take place at the university, over the phone, or via email
  • We also ask that you lend your object to us for display in the Museum, along with your story
  • Your treasure will be kept secure, handled to Museum standards, and insured while in our care (approximately March 2016-April 2017)
  • You will have the chance to preview your story before it is displayed, and you will be invited to attend the exhibition opening

Sample Interview Questions

  • In selecting an object for your interview, we ask that you review these questions to ensure that your story matches the needs of the present project:
  • What is the object that you have selected to share with us?
  • Can you describe the object you’ve chosen? (what it is, its provenience, when and how you acquired it, and what sort of role or roles it had in your childhood)
  • Does this object remind you of anyone? Please describe the person, your relationship to the person, and why he or she is important to you.
  • Can you share a few child memories you have about this item? 
  • Does it remind you of any particular moments in your childhood? (what happened and who was there)
  • Are there any identifying marks on the object that came through use or wear that you can tell us about?
  • Describe how seeing this object – or, possibly, holding or using it – makes you feel.
  • Describe how the meaning of this object has changed for you over time (if it has). 
  • Why do you think you’ve held onto it for so long?
  • Does this object remind you of any personal qualities or personality traits that you had when you were younger, or how these qualities and traits developed over time?
  • If not already addressed, what does this object mean to you and why did you select to talk about it?

Timeline: Interviews will be conducted in February and March 2016. Please contact us NOW to make your contribution!

Visit the CSUSB Anthropology Museum website for more information

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For quite sometime, the City of San Bernardino has been an embattled ground. And for quite sometime, organizations and individuals have been rising to the occasion and confront the insurmountable past, present and future woes. 

Prior to last year’s unspeakable events, various organizations representing San Bernardino’s art community for example, began a serious series of dialogues around their role and their potential to spur economic and community development. Last September, Arts Connection—the San Bernardino Arts Council’s innovative arm, organized a regional conference that explored creative placemaking, cultural planning and public art. One of the event’s breakout sessions featured renowned planner James Rojas who conducted one of his signature Place It! workshops. 

As a result of the great excitement that people who attended expressed after experiencing the brief opportunity to become urban designers through play, Arts Connection responded by organizing a follow up gathering. Planner Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP, who is a board member American Planning Association Inland Empire Section, was invited to facilitate a workshop on cultural planning.

On January 23, 2016, about 30 people congregated for a 3-hour workshop at the Garcia Center for the Arts in the city of San Bernardino.The event included an overview of the 7 mandated Elements of the General Plan and why an Arts and Culture Element can be the ideal tool to develop policies that can stimulate economic activity. The rest of the workshop took place outdoors. Attendees walked around the Center’s vicinity for about 30-minutes to observe and identify opportunities and obstacles found in the built and social environments. During the event’s last half an hour, everyone who attended had an opportunity to collaborate on building a public space. Individuals who signed up for the workshop were asked to bring random objects of little value found around their home that could be use to create a public space—things like an empty bucket that could be used as a stool or a drum, or a small plant in a pot, etc. After explaining the purpose and rules of engagement, the collective had 15 minutes to build a public space on two parking spaces right outside the Center. There were no specific directions, there was no leader, the activity unfolded organically and at the end, people experienced not only their own collective potential but also their collective creativity and their will to transform a small and unnoticed space into an outdoor living room.

The momentum built as a result of such experience, has prompted Arts Connection to continue to build the narrative towards developing a set of short and long-term activities that includes preparation of an actual Cultural Plan for San Bernardino. 

The next gathering will take place on February 21, 2016, 1 pm at the San Bernardino Community Hospital, Henderson Auditorium.

For more information about this article please contact: 
Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.artsconnectionnetwork.org

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ARTS CONNECTION CONFERENCE PARTNERS

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Special thanks to our conference host, Copper Mountain College!

 

ARTS PATRONS    

  

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

Pappy & Harriets

Bobby Furst 

 

Arts Friends

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR)

High Desert Test Sites

Elwood & Associates

Inlandia Institute

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTS CONNECTION

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

Tel: 909.381.1900
info@artsconnectionnetwork.org

mailing address:

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

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