Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation Provides over $25,000 in Grant Funds to Local Arts Organizations

Rancho Cucamonga, California – The Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation (RCCAAF) recently launched their first Community Arts Grant Program, resulting in granting a total of $26,100 to six local arts organizations who presented plans for new arts groups, events, and instruction within the city. The program was intended to inspire and encourage local entities and individuals to create new or expanded arts experiences for the Rancho Cucamonga community. The response was strong and encouraging, as the Foundation received more proposals than could be funded in its inaugural year of grantmaking.
Organizations receiving RCCAAF grant funds are: Inland Valley Repertory Theatre, Inc., the Sam & Alfreda Maloof Foundation, TaikoMix, California Jazz Arts Society, the Associated Artist of the Inland Empire, and the Los Osos High School Theatre Department. Additionally, earlier in the year, the Foundation provided a seed grant to In Other People’s Shoes Productions, a new theatre company startup designed to serve youth and families throughout Southern California, including Rancho Cucamonga.

The programs and services provided through this year’s Community Arts Grants will support a variety of new arts efforts, for all age groups and interests, as follows:
Inland Valley Repertory Company (IVRT) will create a new children’s community choir program for Rancho youth titled I Love Chorus, specifically for children in 3rd to 5th grades. Weekly rehearsals and community performances are included in the first year’s plan. More info:
Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation will present the Maloof Community Workshop Project, as part of the Maloof “Sculpture in the Garden” program. The Project includes three artist-led workshops, online Artists Talks, weekend community artmaking experiences, and a video component to serve the Maloof Teen Education program. More info:
Taiko Mix, out of Riverside, will present Introduction to Japanese Drumming a series of hands-on workshops offered in Rancho Cucamonga to learn about Asian American culture and experience taiko through performance. Workshops will be held for ages 6 – Adult, during the month of May, in recognition of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. More info:
California Jazz Arts Society, mostly known for hosting intimate jazz concerts in small venues and homes in the area, will initiate efforts to create a new adult singing group in Rancho, called the CalJAS Singers (or CalJas Jazz Choir) performing primarily jazz and pop standards from the Great America Songbook. More info:
Associated Artists of the Inland Empire received funds to upgrade and redesign their website for a better overall experience in sharing free art demonstration videos, presenting virtual art shows, and provide greater interconnection with their monthly newsletter, social media and the community. More info:
Lastly, Los Osos High School will utilize grant funds to upgrade their theatre sound equipment with a new digital mixer and wireless microphones, that will both enhance the theatre’s overall performance sound as well as provide a better training experience for their technical theatre students.
All of the grant proposals funded are to be completed by June 2022, with many of these new efforts anticipating an ongoing existence in the community.
The Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the mission to “enrich our community by supporting, expanding & advancing arts and cultural opportunities.” The Foundation plans to continue to offer Community Arts Grants annually.
For more information visit their website at or you may call the Foundation office at (909) 581-6355.


Theatre 29 Youth Theatre Program—Summer 2021 Applications OPEN

After having to cancel the 2020 program because of the Coronavirus, with new CDC guidelines and protocols in place, the 2021 Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater program is well into the planning stages and staff members are ready for this exciting educational experience in the live arts!


The program will run Monday through Friday from July 7 through August 8, 2021, culminating with performances of “Disney’s Moana Jr.” the first weekend of August with dates and times to be announced subject to state guidelines. The Youth Theater Program and the performances will all be held at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

The program will break into two age groups limited to 25 students each with “Juniors” (7-11 years old) meeting from 9:30 am – 12 noon. The “Seniors” (age 11-17) will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The cost for the Program is $60.00 per student. (A grant from The City of Twentynine Palms Public Arts Advisory Commission, 29 Palms Rotary, and private donors keeps our program fees low.)

The program will teach a wide variety of theatrical skills, including auditioning, acting, singing for musical theater, choreography, costuming, make-up, props, backstage skills, set construction, lighting, sound, and box office management.

5-7 students in each age group will be identified as “Stage Crew” and will be primarily responsible for building and painting sets, building props, and working backstage during the productions.

All students who are applying must agree to be in attendance for the entire month-long program. After an initial orientation session July 5th, parents/guardians will not be able to attend. Students will supply their own basic costumes; Theatre 29 will supply specialty pieces and other details for more complex costuming. Meals will not be provided; individual water bottles will be provided. Parents/guardian must agree to drop off students up to 15 minutes before the session and pick them up within 15 minutes of the end of the session. No cell phones will be allowed during sessions.

Students who are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks and maintain 3-foot social distancing. No masks will be required for performances which will be blocked to maintain a safe distance. Any adult staff not vaccinated will be required to be masked and maintain distance. Theatre 29 is investing in complete Covid safety protocols for students, staff, and audiences.

Program Overview

The Theatre 29 Summer 2021 Youth Theater Program has received permission from Disney to produce a DVD of the performance which will be made available for each student. They will also get a CD or Mp3 file of the music, their script to keep, a program T-Shirt, water bottle, wardrobe bag, and friends, memories and skills to last a lifetime! The last performance will culminate in a “Cast Pizza Party”.

The 2021 Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater Program will be presented by experienced Theatre 29 volunteers. Gary Daigneault is the Program Director. The Musical, “Disney’s Moana Jr.” will be directed by Daigneault for the “Seniors”, Char Childs will direct the “Juniors”. The Musical Director for the program is Bianca Stoker, Choreographer is Lisa Goldberg, Technical Director is Cole Subriar and Cindy Daigneault will coordinate the costuming.

Application Details

Applications  available at and must be turned in to an address on the application by June 18, 2021. Payment in full is due with the application. The first 25 applicants with payment will be notified via e-mail, late applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

If the fee is a challenge or a hinderance to attendance, apply for a scholarship on the application form, you will be informed if your application for a scholarship is accepted.

For any additional information about the program, e-mail Gary Daigneault at


Arts Connection— $10,000 Grant Recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts

San Bernardino, CA—Arts Connection, the Arts Council of San Bernardino County has been approved for a $10,000 Grant for Arts Projects award to develop and facilitate the Innovative Youth Art Laboratory – a pilot series of arts education workshops with young artists in the City of San Bernardino. This project will expand on power-building and narrative based work that the organization is involved with through a collaboration called Just San Bernardino, with partnership from the Inland Empire Community Foundation, and project funding from The James Irvine Foundation to engage the city and its residents in the development of a People’s Plan for economic inclusion.

This art workshop series will engage 5 local artists, including Duan Kellum, Ana Cervantes, Dr. Natalie Graham, Keya Vance and Michael Segura to work directly with at least 20 youth in the city to center and amplify youth voices, visions and art practices, develop visual fluency, and bring about critical conversations and community engagement through the arts, as well as mentorship support for our young artists.

Arts Connection is grateful to project partners on this award, including Inland Congregations United for Change, Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement, and Youth Action Project. Arts Connection’s project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.

“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as Arts Connection to reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”

“In a region that is vastly under-funded in the arts and receives no direct county support for our vital work, this project grant is a huge vote of confidence and will support greater fundraising and capacity for the development of collaborative programming across education, community activism, and the arts” expressed Art’s Connection’s Executive Director, Jennifer Kane. “We are proud to be bringing the community together in this way and building strength and greater visibility of the amazing artists and community organizations that create together in San Bernardino.

For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit


NEW Community Arts Grant Program—RCCAAF

Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation (RCCAAF) proudly presents their NEW Community Arts Grant Program.

With the support of these grant funds, the grant program will inspire and encourage local entities and individuals to create or develop new or expanded arts experiences for the Rancho Cucamonga community.

It will offer small grants of up to $5,000 to:

  • local groups
  • non-profits
  • schools
  • artists

Apply Today! .

The Foundation is providing in total up to $25,000 in grant funds for the 21/22 program.

Information on the grant program including a downloadable application and instructions packet is available below:

Application & Proposal Deadline is: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Please note: All arts projects proposed, both visual and performing, must be within the city of Rancho Cucamonga and be completed by June 1, 2022.

More information on the grant program please send an email to or call the Foundation phone line at (909) 581-6355.


RAFFMA Presents: Emerging Artist Virtual Exhibition

Emerging Artist Virtual Exhibition

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art welcomes all artists to submit artwork to the Emerging Artist Virtual Exhibition as part of the International Museum Week 2021.

Exhibition Theme:

The year 2020 has been like no other. The COVID-19 crisis has swept the whole world abruptly, affecting every aspect of our lives, from the interactions with our loved ones, to the way we perceive our homes and cities, to our work and its organization. Art is no exception to these changes and in some ways, we are among the most affected due to our strong dependence on social and experiential interactions. The way artists make and present art has changed; artists have adapted by embracing technology to create, exhibit and/or reach new audiences.

For the purpose of this virtual exhibition, RAFFMA asks all emerging artists to either create or share an original work that has been made to adapt or react to this new wave of art and technology.

Submissions are open to all mediums and any use of technology.

Deadline: April 30, 2020 11:59 p.m.

Submit your application here.