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Free, virtual Conversation with Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Vice-President and Artistic Director of Social Impact for the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Marc Bamuthi Joseph, is set to appear at the free, online event, Out From Under, on Saturday, February 27th at 12 p.m. Open to artists, students, and the general public alike, this joint venture of Barstow Community College and Arts Connection, the designated Arts Council of San Bernardino County, seeks to present a solution-seeking dialogue that explores the historical cultural exclusion of artists of color.

A noted arts activist and 2017 TED Global Fellow, “Bamuthi” is the inaugural recipient of the Guggenheim Social Practice Initiative. In high demand for his creative approach to organizational design, brand development, and community mediation, he has been enlisted as a strategic partner or consultant for companies ranging from Coca Cola to Carnegie Hall. His TED talk on linking sport to freedom design among immigrant youth has been viewed more than 1 million times. He has lectured at more than 200 colleges, and has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford and Lehigh, among others.

The dialogue event, moderated by Writer-Producer-Artist, T. Faye Griffin, is the culmination of a series of Black History Month programming offered by Barstow Community College, under the direction of Eartha Johnson, Director of Guided Pathways, Equity, and Achievement. It also marks the conclusion of the art competition and exhibition, Out From Under: Uncovering the Unseen Genius of Black Artists in San Bernardino County.

Curated by Arts Connection Executive Director, Jennifer Kane and Griffin, “Out From Under” was created to challenge inequities experienced by underestimated Black artists who live, work and/or attend school in San Bernardino County, and offers a platform for the unseen and underrated to be recognized by, and represented in, the region’s arts and culture ecosystem. While open to all Black artists throughout San Bernardino County, artists in the High Desert region (Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia, Victorville) were especially encouraged to submit. Awards will be presented in three categories: Best in Show, “The Next” – emerging artists with less than five years experience, and “The Now” – artists whose work thematically addresses social justice.

For more information, event registration, or view exhibition visit:


Pomona Valley Arts Association Reopens SOHO artist gallery!

Pomona Valley Art Association (PVAA), established in 1952, celebrates local artists and showcases their talents in a unique setting – Gallery SOHO, located in Montclair Place mall.
We are excited to announce the re‐opening of the Gallery SOHO artist co‐operative gallery, tied to the launch of our online shopping experience! Our new capabilities allow the community to have access to our artists and their work in a manner that supports health safety during the COVID‐19 health crisis. The entire inventory of the PVAA’s 35+ exhibiting artists has been made available for online shopping for the first time. Clients can choose to have items shipped to their homes, or enjoy quick in‐store pickup conveniently located near abundant parking at Montclair Place. Gallery SOHO was closed to the public by the PVAA Board on December 26, 2020 out of an abundance of caution in anticipation of a holiday surge of COVID‐19. Gallery SOHO will re‐open at 12:00PM on February 1, 2021. In addition, we are actively seeking artists who would like to join the PVAA and exhibit both in‐ gallery and online – and encourage them to complete our online application to begin the process.
Online Shopping: Artist/General information: PVAA has also re‐launched our social media platforms on both Facebook and Instagram!
Facebook: @PomonaValleyArtAssociation Instagram: @new_pomona_valley_art_association
Robert Scott, PVAA Business Transformation Manager: “The launch of our online shopping experience is the foundation for our emerging strategy to engage with the community in the age of COVID‐19. Tied to our social media platforms, we will move forward with offering artist showcases, webinars, virtual juried shows, and other new virtual experiences to keep our artists and the community engaged. Protecting the health and safety of our artists and clients is paramount, and these new technologies are allowing us to fulfill that mission.”
Kathleen McCall, PVAA President: “The closure of Gallery SOHO on December 26 has allowed us to focus on implementing our new online system, and protect our artists and clients during the holiday surge of COVID‐19. We are grateful to our lessors at CIM Group for enabling flexibility during this time, and look forward to working with them on activities that integrate with the Montclair Place’s community engagement goals.”
John Bagley Jr, PVAA Exhibiting Artist / Social Media Coordinator: “It is so important to keep arts and culture alive during this time – I am excited to revitalize the PVAA’s social media presence. We are looking forward to offering engaging content and learning experiences to our clients and provide an outlet for our artists – especially during a time when they aren’t able to interact in person. These new tools create the perfect environment to safely tell our stories to an eager audience.”
Pomona Valley Art Association is a 501c(3) non‐profit art association established in 1952 and dedicated to the stimulation of creative interest, education, and the enjoyment of art in all its various forms. Gallery SOHO is located inside Montclair Place, and together with the next‐door PVAA Art Place, provides 4700+ square feet of space dedicated to art and art learning in the community. PVAA operates monthly juried shows, open to members and the general public – as well as an annual show that attracts over 100 local artists.
Robert Scott – PVAA Business Transformation Manager – (949)842‐8229 –
John Bagley Jr – Exhibiting Artist/Social Media Coordinator – (619)607‐5059 – Kathleen McCall – PVAA President – (909)936‐6630 –


Arts Connection is Hiring a Communications Coordinator

Job Description

Arts Connection is seeking a responsive, motivated creator to add their voice to our organization’s growing team as a Communications and Outreach Coordinator. As part of our marketing team, they will develop broad communication strategies across various and emerging media platforms, implementing and developing campaigns to inspire and engage artists and arts leadership across San Bernardino County. They will curate email marketing campaigns, manage social media accounts and messaging, keep the website up to date, and communicate with other network partners. They may also collaborate with other marketing and design professionals to produce marketing collateral for events and advocacy campaigns.

Arts Connection seeks someone that is deeply invested in the arts and culture community in the Inland Empire – San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Preference will be given to applicants that live and work in the region.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain weekly communication and connections with network partners and artists in San Bernardino County.
  • Develop communication strategies for multiple media platforms, including social media, event collateral, and partner communication.
  • Keep website and all social media sites updated with current projects, programs and resources.
  • Create email marketing strategies and assets, with clear timelines and goals; send out monthly e-newsletter and monthly program specific emails as assigned.
  • Coordinate marketing collateral for key annual events, programming, and fundraising efforts
  • As necessary, write press releases for major events, projects and grant announcements.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or a relevant field.
  • Prior experience with marketing communications, especially social media and website management (wordpress experience required), mailchimp or similar email marketing services, understanding of SEO and other web analytics
  • Prior experience in public relations, community marketing, or media relations (a strong plus)
  • An active subscription and/or software to use the Creative Suite. Must be proficient in Photoshop, InDesign, Spark, and/or Illustrator.
  • Event planning experience a plus
  • Arts industry experience a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills


This position is an annual contract based on an average of 12-15 hours/week.

Contract range is $15,000-$18,000 depending on experience.

To apply, please submit the following to Arts Connection’s Executive Director, Jennifer Kane at:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Sample past projects and work, that includes both visual and written elements
  3. Current resume

For questions please call 909 381 1900

Arts Connection does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Arts Connection is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.