January 26, 2017

Star Wars Film Fest

The ICPA Arts Council is hosting a Star Wars Film Festival and Costume Contest, Saturday, January 28th. The costume contest will begin at 11am with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winner being announced at 5pm. Episodes IV, V, VI will be shown. Tickets are $5 for one movie or $12 for all three. Visit to purchase your ticket in advance. Concessions will be available for purchase.  

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.

San Bernardino City Fine Arts Commission Grant Process is open now through February 15, 2017.

Ribbon Cutting for “Sanctuary” coming up on May 17th!

Mil-tree, is a Joshua Tree based nonprofit organization with the mission to connect veterans, active military, and civilian communities through arts and dialogue, and is embarking on a large scale, site-specific, public art project titled Sanctuary.
Looking to sharpen your drawing skills this year? Or maybe you'd like to start learning from scratch? Artist Candice Broersma is offering a 50% discount on first lessons from now through the end of February! Lessons can take place at your favorite coffee shop or library and cover a wide range of mediums and technique. Lessons include live demonstration and guided instruction to help you advance to higher levels of technical, compositional, and conceptual proficiency. Check out Candice's work at and set up a lesson that works with your schedule. 
Candice can be contacted directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


It’s been an eventful year at Arts Connection, filled with creativity and excitement as we head into our third year as an organization! We’ve collaborated with local artists and organizations on a variety of projects, opened an additional office at the Garcia Center for the Arts, had a fantastic annual conference, launched a new version of our cultural asset map, and continue to advocate for the arts at all levels. A few highlights:

California Arts Council Grant Applications Open!

SIX programs are currently accepting applications! As a result of increased state arts funding, CAC will award more grants this year than they have in 13 years! On top of that, the maximum grant request amount has increased in nearly all programs.  

The following grant programs are currently accepting applications:

ARTISTS ACTIVATING COMMUNITIES: Up to $18,000 for artist residencies in community settings.

ARTISTS IN SCHOOLS: Up to $18,000 supporting students' overall well-being and academic achievement through arts engagement. New categories offered this year supporting PreK, field trips, afterschool and summer programs! 

CREATIVE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES: Up to $50,000 a year for small and mid-sized organizations and up to $75,000 a year for large organizations to support collaborative creative placemaking projects. Now a two-year grant program!

LOCAL IMPACT: Up to $18,000 for arts projects in underserved communities.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CONSULTING: $1,000-$5,000 for capacity-building professional development or consulting projects for arts organizations.

STATEWIDE AND REGIONAL NETWORKS: Up to $30,000 to support culturally-specific, multicultural, and discipline-based statewide and regional arts networks and service organizations.


Sign up for the free Informational Grants Webinar, Thursday, December 1st at 11AM

Get an overview of all of the California Arts Council's 2016-17 grant programs, highlighting some changes and new additions to grant offerings. CAC programs staff will review the application process, provide some tips for grant writing success, and answer questions from the public. Click here to register.



SIX California Arts Council programs are currently accepting applications! 


Yucaipa Vision Quest Art Gallery will be hosting the following events in November with illustrator Candice Broersma. For more information and to register for the events, go to 


Lecture & Demonstration: Digital Painting


Thursday, 11/10 7:30pm-9pm

Watch how you can paint with pixels as Candice Broersma reveals the different steps in her process for creating digital art in Adobe Photoshop. The demonstration will highlight specific Photoshop tools such as brush settings, layer modes, and adjustments as well as general painting techniques for realistic rendering. Following the 1 hour demonstration will be a half-hour Q&A for questions from participants. Everyone is welcome to bring their laptops and drawing tablets to the demonstration.



Workshop: Fantasy Portraits

Session 1: Monday, 11/14 3:30pm-5:00pm


Session 2: Wednesday, 11/16 3:30pm-5:00pm


This 2-day workshop will take you through the process of making a portrait of a fantasy character with the aid of a sculpted maquette! Participants will be choosing either a mermaid or a fawn as the basis for their portrait drawing and will begin by conceptualizing their character. Students will then learn sculpting basics and create a bust of their fantasy character to use as reference for their final piece.

Downtown Redlands will feature another Art walk this Sunday, October 23 12pm-6pm. Among the festivities at the walk include the IE Zine Fest, Redlands Conservatory Arts & Sciences Fair, Fair Chocolate & Coffee Fair, and art at several venues including Civic Plaza, State St, and the Renaissance Banquet Hall. The Banquet Hall alone will feature over 10 artists and designers as well as live music performances. 

For more information and updates on the Art Walk, visit their Facebook Page.


Call for artists for the 2017 Joshua TreeHighlands Artist Residency program

Summer program starts May 23, 2017 - July 12th, 2017. Free studio space ,housing & scholarships are offered to artists accepted into the program.

Application & prospectus are now available for the 2017 JTHAR summer program, at

Deadline for submissions March 15th, 2017

Contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

September 11, 2016

Monster Buddy Project

The young and young-at-heart are invited to submit their most creative drawing of an imaginary friend. Your "Monster Buddy" can be cute or fierce, big or small--the sky's the limit! Illustrator Candice Broersma will be taking the top monsters and creating her own interpretation as a fun drawing exercise and to highlight the imaginations of beginning artists. The entrants whose work is selected will be featured online and compiled together in a future printed booklet. Drawings will be selected based on originality and adherence to submission guidelines. 

For specifics on submission guidelines, go to

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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!









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536 W. 11th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Tel: 909.381.1900

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

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