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Published September 15, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino
The community, including residents, artists, educators, and culture-oriented organizations and businesses throughout the Morongo Basin will be asked to participate in developing a Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts.
The County of San Bernardino will lead the effort along with The Cultural Planning Group, a Southern California consulting firm specializing in the field of arts and culture with experience working with communities across the country to create cultural plans.
“The Morongo Basin is known for its artistic and creative way of life which continues to attract residents, businesses and tourists to this region,” said San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “We hope the community will help us build this roadmap to continue to promote and celebrate the Morongo Basin as an artistic hub.”
The plan will assist Morongo Basin communities to articulate their vision for culture and the arts. This will lead to plans for activities that can fulfill that vision, such as art shows, arts education, musical performances, poetry readings, writing groups, festivals and seminars.
The Cultural Planning Group will work with a leadership group of community leaders, including artists and others, to guide the planning process grounded in the unique creative identity of the Morongo Basin, and to create a plan based on the priorities of the communities of Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, Landers, Wonder Valley, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms. The local communities will implement the plan with guidance from the leadership committee.
The Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts is expected to be complete in mid-2018. The first public meetings will begin before the end of the year. The San Bernardino County Land Use Services Planning Division will also be posting information on their website and social media links. For additional information visit http://www.cultureandartsmb.com
Inland Pacific Ballet to Hold Open Auditions for Children’s Roles in
Annual Spectacular Production of The Nutcracker
Friday and Saturday, September 8 - 9, 2017
Americans for the Arts 2017 Annual Convention
San Francisco, CA
Americans for the Arts is a national organization with a mission to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. They bring together leaders from the arts, communities, and businesses, to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts. As the Executive Director of Arts Connection, I often rely on their research and join in their advocacy efforts.
Arts Connection Awarded California Arts Council “Artists Activating Communities” Grant
State funds will support sustained artistic residencies at The Garcia Center for the Arts
San Bernardino, CA– The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $16,200 dollars to Arts Connection as part of its Artists Activating Communities program.
The ribbon cutting and opening celebration of “Sanctuary,” a public arts project, dedicated to the Joshua Tree community was held on Wednesday, May 17th, from 6pm-8pm at 2601 SunFair Road in Joshua Tree, California. The project brought together veterans, active-duty military, their families and other community members to create an earth-bag structure that can be used to host meetings, celebrations, readings, meditation, lectures and more.
Mil-Tree is a non-profit organization with the mission of bringing together veterans, active-duty military, and civilians in order to help each other to address the wounds of the soul through communication and art. “Sanctuary” was sponsored by the California Arts Council’s Veterans Initiative in the Arts and many other local partners including: The Joshua Tree Music Festival, Copper Mountain College, Arts Connection and the Joshua Tree RV and Campground, which hosts the project at their site.
Aguilar Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner
Ginger Pena Named 2017 Featured Artist
Redlands, CA–May 4, 2017–Ginger Pena of Angelus Oaks is honored as the Featured Artist for the 2017 Redlands Festival of Arts, which is a juried art show awarding $6,000.00 in prizes to artists from across the United States who will exhibit their work over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, from 10 am to 5 pm in Smiley Park.
Empire Wind Ensemble to Perform Famous Overtures in Free March 22nd Concert
San Bernardino, CA—The Empire Wind Ensemble will perform a concert of popular overtures from 7-9pm Wednesday, March 22 at the Women’s Club of San Bernardino. The performance will feature Dedicatory Overture by Clifton Williams, Jubilant Overture by Alfred Reed,
Overture in B-flat by Caesar Giovannini, Overture for Winds by Charles Carter,
Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein, and Emperata Overture by Claude T. Smith.
The concert will be conducted by Jessica Swanson, Mark Sczublewski, and James Ana. This event is free of charge and family friendly. No tickets are necessary, although donations are gladly accepted.
The Empire Wind Ensemble was formed in June 2016 to provide an opportunity for lifelong musical expression and enjoyment, to promote artistic enrichment in the Inland Empire, and preserve the rich repertoire and cultural history of the wind band. The band is comprised of a collection of talented, dedicated musicians who combine a love of music with a desire to help others work together to achieve their highest musical potential. Approximately 35 Inland Empire musicians will play in the concert.
More information about the Empire Wind Ensemble is available online at www.empirewindensemble.org.
Who: The Empire Wind Ensemble
What: Wind band concert
Where: Women's Club of San Bernardino, 503 West 31st Street, San Bernardino, 92405
When: 7pm, Wednesday, March 22, 2017
For Immediate Release