Arts Connection is dedicated to stimulating creative and economic vitality and enriching lives throughout the communities we serve by providing support, promotion, education, and advocacy for the arts.
Fostering cross sector partnerships that engage the arts as a vehicle for community building, economic empowerment, and narrative change.
Connecting artists and arts organizations to financial resources, local networks, and professional consultants and opportunities that enhance their creative endeavors, events and projects.
Building the creative capacity and network of every artist, arts leader, arts organization and cultural institution across the county to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our communities.
Serving as a central advocate, voice, and resource for how to utilize creative strategies and approaches to solve some of the most pressing county wide priorities.
Funding we’ve helped arts organizations in San Bernardino County receive to date
Artists we’ve helped find jobs or hired to date
Organizations we’ve helped
Join our region wide advocacy coalition today. Learn about our regional platform and approach and find out when our next free coalition meeting is.
Bookmark our grant funding page to stay up to date on emerging opportunities for regional, state and national funding sources. This document is an open source Google Doc you can access anytime.
We keep an extensive library of past and current reports and publications relevant to the field. Take some time and explore the collection here.
A’Kailah Byrd-Greene is a portrait and mural artist from San Bernardino, CA. A’Kailah uses Black women as primary figures in her artwork while using vibrant colors to highlight varying emotionsand expressions. She often uses social, personal, and political events as inspira tion for her figures. Her main goal is to create a safe space fo r Black women in the art world and create artwork that makes her communi ty proud. A’Kailah received a BA in Studio Art fo rm Cal State San Bernardino in 2019 and a MFA in Studio Art from Claremont Graduate University in 2021.
“I wasn’t always interested in art as a professional pathway until the second year of my undergraduate schooling. I came from a creative family and always loved art but thought I would make a difference in my community with a criminal Justice degree. Once I realized that wasn’ t the correct path for me, I took an introductory art class and fell in love. Aller switching my major to Studio Art, I learned how to paint using oils and quickly realized that I wanted to locus on my experience as a Black woman. I decided that painting in larger scales felt best and ran with it. I love the way that oil paints blend with each other and the vibrancy that can be created…”
Arts Connection is a state-local partner to the California Arts Council, designated by the county board of supervisors to serve the county’s citizens. As the local arts agency, we are officially designated to provide financial support, services, or other programs to a variety of cultural arts organizations, individual artists, and the diverse communities of the county.