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

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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

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. 



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



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. 



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 


“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

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