Arts Connection, the Arts Council of San Bernardino County, is pleased to announce that our sixth annual conference will be held on Saturday, October 5that San Bernardino Valley College in the heart of the City of San Bernardino. Our Creative People’s Conferenceis an invitation to explore how the arts reconnect us through our shared humanity, cultivate a space for healing, and provide an opportunity for generative dialogue across geographic and perceived distances. 



Date: October 5, 2019

Time: 9 am - 4 pm

Closing reception for “Self and Place: ReFinding San Bernardino County” 

4-6pm at the Gresham Gallery


Creative People’s Conference


8:30-9:00 am                Check-in and Registration (Business Management conference B-100) See Map below.                            

9:00-9:20 am                Welcome, Orientation for the Day - Kathryn Ervin and Jennifer Kane, Arts Connection

9:25-10:00 am              Opening Movement – Dancer-led Audience Engagement – 

                                      Maura Townsend – San Bernardino Valley College instructor and Founder of Project 21  


10:00-10:15am             Welcome by San Bernardino Valley College President - Dr. Diana Rodriguez

10:20-11:00 am            Acknowledgement of Land, Self and Place - Creative writing experience with Juan Delgado

11:15-noon                   Morning Workshops:

                                     1.   Art, Media and Driving Social Movements 

                                     2.    Painting Healthier Communities - intersection projects for safer schools

                                     3.    Activating Youth Voices through Poetry and Hip Hop


12:15-1:00pm            Network, share lunch inside or outside and enjoy music provided by San Bernardino Valley    

                                  College students 

                                  Free Screen-printing of original conference design by Ana Cervantes. Bring your own t-shirt,

                                  bag, tote or other item to screen this beautiful art onto and take home with you!!

                                  Thank you to Duan Kellum of Skool Boiz printing !!

1:00 pm                     Meet back at Business Management conference center – B-100 Building


1:10-1:30pm             San Bernardino community film project screening - Nathalie Graham and Keya Vance             

1:40-3:00pm              Afternoon workshops:

                                   1. Arts Education in Schools 

                                   2. Artist-run Spaces and Creative Entrepreneurship 

                                   3. The How-to's of Writing and Filming a Short Sketch - meet the IE Media Academy staff, students and explore the facilities.       

3:00-3:15pm               Groups all meet back in main conference area (transition time)

3:15-3:45pm               Share-out: words, images, and performances

3:45-4:00pm               Thank you and closing notes

4:00-5:00pm               Performances in the courtyard in front of the Clara and Allen Gresham gallery.

                                    San Bernardino Valley College Student Group

                                    Glass-blowing demo (4-5pm)

Until 6pm                    Closing Reception with snacks and wine. Note that the closing reception for this event is free and open to the public. 



Workshop Descriptions:

Artist-run spaces and Creative Entrepreneurship

      Our current creative community is one of entrepreneurs and problem-solvers. We are up to the challenges and opportunities of creating space for the arts/artists in cities, towns and neighborhoods across the Inland Region. Come learn from a few leaders navigating this terrain and about some of the skills you never thought you needed to have as an artist to do this work.

      Facilitators: Andrew Thompson, Founder of The Little Gallery of San Bernardino, Daniel Gohman, Founder of The Artlands, Cynthina Huerta, Co-Founder of Inland Mujeres.

      Workshop support from John Machado, CEO/President of The Arts Area.


     Art, Media and Driving Social Movements

      Led by Anthony Victoria - Communications Director at the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice. With additional guest facilitators: Ana Cervantes and Ben Reynoso.

      This community action-oriented workshop will include a printing lab, supported by Duan Kellum.


Arts Education in Schools


This is an exciting time in California’s arts education history!  Want to know what is emerging in arts education within our schools and districts? Come and gain information on the current and emerging California and San Bernardino County arts education landscape from our statewide and regional experts of The California Arts Project and RIMS California Arts Project —the state subject matter project for the arts.  


This workshop will introduce you to the new California Arts Standards, update you on the emerging new Arts Framework, and inform you of what these changes mean for our students and teachers. You’ll get a peek into arts classrooms in which teachers are implementing these new directions. Learn of local and statewide resources that can provide support to your schools and districts and how you can become involved. There will be time for questions and conversation leading to the creation of an individual action step you can take to support equity and access for all our students to an arts education! 


Facilitators: Kris Alexander, Executive Director, The California Arts Project 

        Armalyn De La O, Regional Director, RIMS California Arts Project, CSUSB

        TCAP Teacher Leader



Audience:  teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and artists 

Healthy Communities: the intersection of cities and neighborhoods

 Collaboratively activating public space for safer communities and schools: why would you paint a crosswalk and best practices.

Come learn about how to put together a plan for creating this kind of project in your community. Led by Mark Friis, Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator, San Bernardino Department of Public Health

   Additional facilitators, Justine Garcia, discussing the Healthy Rancho Cucamonga initiative and a recent art partnership for a similar project. Hear from Justine Jimenez, the artist who collaborated on this project with the city.


Activating Youth Voices through Poetry and Hip Hop. Facilitators: Sam Montes (Oxymoron) (Founder of the Breakbread Mic Sesh) and Edwin Johnson (CHORDS).

Session description coming soon.


The How-to's of writing and filming a short sketch - meet the IE Media Academy staff, students and explore the facilities.


Session description coming soon. 


 Interested in sponsoring this event?  

As a sponsor of the 2016 Arts Connection Conference, your support contributes to the advancement of the visual and performing arts in San Bernardino County, benefitting artists, performers, educators, art administrators, businesses and countless communities throughout the county. The exposure you receive as a sponsor puts you in front of key decision makers. Sponsors may choose one of six visibility packages. Any pre-designed package may be tailored to t the particular needs and interests of your organization.

Download the Sponsorship Packet below.






Arts Patrons









Drs. Ernie and Dotti Garcia




Arts Sustainers 





Arts Advocates

Kristine Alexander

Armalyn De La O

Chaffey Community Museum of Art


San Bernardino County Department of Public Health - Safe Routes to Schools Program

The Arts Area

The Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art


Arts Friends

Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council

Redlands Art Association




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Are you a visual, performing or literary artist, arts organizer, arts administrator, or community or civic leader in San Bernardino County? Join us for an inspiring day highlighting how artists, municipalities, and organizations from across the county have integrated arts and culture initiatives into a sustainable, community-based approach. This conference will provide an opportunity to network and share your own work and contribute to this evolving county-wide arts dialogue. Afternoon sessions include professional practice workshops and discussions on important topics in the expanding fields of art and creative practices.

Registration is $30 for members, $60 for non-members and includes lunch! 
When you click through to register you will be invited to join other arts and cultural experiences pre-and-post conference. These additional experiences are fundraisers for Arts Connection programming so please spread the word about the Sound Bath and A-Z west tour. These experiences can be booked separately from the conference registration.


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Arts & urban policy expert , Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson and County Supervisors Josie Gonzales and  Chair James Ramos to Headline Arts Connection Annual Conference 

San Bernardino, California- Arts professionals from throughout San Bernardino County and surrounding areas will convene on Saturday, September 26 in Rancho Cucamonga for a full day of networking, presentations, and workshops about creative placemaking as well as cultural planning and public art. 

Creative placemaking is a growing field of practice that leverages the arts to revitalize communities while also addressing broader social and economic issues.  The focus will be on developing creative placemaking strategies which artists and organizations can implement in their own communities, sparking creative entrepreneurship, engaging new audiences and strengthening individual municipalities and the County as a whole.  Opening remarks will be delivered by James Ramos, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

We are very pleased to share that Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson will be our keynote speaker. She is an Arts and Urban Policy Specialist with expertise is in comprehensive community revitalization, systems change, dynamics of race and ethnicity and the roles of and arts and culture in communities. She is Senior Advisor to the Kresge Foundation and also consults with national and regional foundations and government agencies. In 2013, President Obama appointed Dr. Jackson to the National Council on the Arts. She is on the advisory board of Lambent Foundation and on the boards of directors of Alliance for California Traditional Arts and LA Commons. Dr. Jackson has been adjunct faculty at Claremont Graduate University and University of Southern California, and the 2014-2015 James Irvine Foundation Fellow in Residence at Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Jackson will be moderating our first panel, titled "Growing a Creative Culture." Panelists include Rhonda Lane Coleman, Director 29 Palms Art Gallery; John Worden, Director of the Ontario Museum of Art and History; Catherine Tessier, Jeved Inc.; and Kathleen Gallego, artist and Founder/Director of Avenue 50 and The California Arts Council.

Our second panel of the day will feature artists and organizations from a variety of disciplines sharing their projects and experiences with community engagement. The panel, titled “Artists and Organizations Creating Community,” will be moderated by photographer and Cal State San Bernardino Professor of Art, Thomas McGovern. It will include an impressive line up: Kim Stringfellow, artist, educator and Guggenheim fellow; Johanna Smith, puppet and performance artist and Professor of Theatre at CSU San Bernardino; Josiah Bruny, musician and CEO of Music Changing Lives; and artist/activist Michael Segura of San Bernardino Generation Now. This will be followed by three afternoon breakout sessions: “Art Making as City Making, an interactive workshop”, with James Rojas, an urban planner and founder of Place it!; “Technology to Temporary: Public Art Pursuits”, with public art expert and consultant, Lesley Elwood of Lesley Elwood and Associates; and “Making Greater Impact,” with Daniel Foster, who served as a founding Board Member of Arts Connection and former Executive Director of Oceanside Museum of Art.

“The arts and culture play a critical role in the economic recovery of the Inland Empire. This conference is a great opportunity to bring ideas and partners together,” states Kathryn Ervin, Arts Connection’s Board Chair and Professor of Theatre Arts at Cal State San Bernardino. “Artists and organizations will be discussing their projects alongside civic leaders, urban planners and private industry. Creative placemaking calls upon these diverse sectors to come together and engage communities through the arts, sparking change and innovation in their wake while bringing programming to communities that are often underserved.”

The conference will provide the most current, practical information and tools available to help visual and performing artists, administrators, organizations, educators and students develop creative placemaking strategies across sectors, which they can then implement in their own communities. The conference is being organized by Arts Connection, the non-profit Arts Council of San Bernardino County, in partnership with the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center.  It will be held on Saturday, September 26 from 9 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center located at 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739.

The conference is being sponsored through the generous contributions and/or in-kind support from the California Arts Council, Cal State San Bernardino Office of the President, Associate Students Incorporated (ASI) at Cal State San Bernardino, Gloria Macias Harrison, David Lawrence, Dr. Ernest and Dottie Garcia, à la minute in Redlands, The Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art at Chaffey College, Ontario Museum of Arts and History, The Center for Management in the Creative Industries, Claremont Graduate Universityand many others. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The conference is free to all members of Arts Connection. One-year membership start at only $25 for individuals (and $10 for students). Pre-registration for the conference is highly encouraged. Registration is available on the Arts Connection website, at by phone at 909-537-5809. 


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