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.


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


The 29 Palms Art Gallery Open —May 1st

On Saturday, May 1, the 29 Palms Art Gallery will celebrate the opening of their May show. Featured works by John Henson, Denise Tanguay, Jennifer Grandi, and more!

In the evening, the public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy hospitality at the art reception on the gallery patio from 5 to 7 p.m.

Free admission.

***Please Note***

Masks and social distancing will be required during the entirety of the event.

For more details see Event Press Release or contact:

Vickie Waite – 760-217-8839 –


News Opportunities

Artists are 2nd Responders Awards- Apply Today!

“First responders save lives; second responders help put people’s lives back together. Artists are essential workers in our society and our economy, helping us recover, reflect, and rebuild.” -Californians for the Arts

Did you or your arts organization create an art piece in 2020 that addresses racial justice and/or in response to Covid-19?*

Do you live or work in San Bernardino or Riverside County?

Take a few minutes to apply to the Artists are 2nd Responders Award by the submission deadline: April 30th, 2021.

Arts for IE will feature the work of three artists and arts organizations at its 2021 Virtual State of the Arts Summit on May 14th in an effort to recognize the work of artists as 2nd responders.

Awardees also receive a $200 cash award.

Application Here.

*One entry per artist or arts organization. Applicants must live or work in San Bernardino or Riverside counties.

News Opportunities

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: