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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:


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 for IE December Convening Announced

Arts for IE announces the next regional convening. Join this growing group of dozens of regional arts organizations combining efforts to create a fund and advocacy platform for arts and culture in Inland Southern California.



Arts Access in the age of COVID – Guest Speakers Rebecca Hamm and Nancy DeDiemar


This lunchtime dialogue, hosted by the Chaffey Community Museum of Art, in partnership with Arts Connection – the Arts Council of San Bernardino County – will highlight current adaptations arts organizations, galleries, schools and museums are making to keep audiences engaged now. As a group we will share how we are adjusting to a future where social distancing redirects how we interact with each other and the art forms we love.

Our dialogue will be guided by two regional thought leaders-

• Nancy DeDiemar, board chairman for the Chaffey Community Museum of Art and chairman of the Ontario Festival of the Arts, will discuss the diverse range of arts programming the City of Ontario has developed through its unique focus on public-private partner ships. She will share key strategies and successes in developing relationships with a city liaison and arts champion, if you don’t already have one! She will also discuss how the musuem is evolving inthe new landscape and welcoming change.

• Rebecca Hamm, Director of Arts, Tierra Del Sol Foundation, will share with us practical ways to increase our knowledge and awareness of accessibility issues in the arts – who and what to consider when planning events and programs and how to develop a more inclusive approach in planning, facilitation, and promotion.

After this inspiration and learning, together we will explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the quarantine, as well as creative solutions and potential partnerships that have yet to be identified.

This gathering is for artists of all backgrounds and mediums, educators, community members, and regional leadership. Please share with others in your networks that you know would be interested in this kind of dialogue.

Free and open to all. Once registered, you will received the meeting login info via zoom. 


Creative Pathways is an Arts Connection initiative to reinvest in our regional commitment and to explore the next steps forward for the arts. These paths will guide us towards a permanent position for arts and culture in the county’s development. In order to do this, we have to work together. We need to expand local and regional capacity by drawing together and leveraging the expertise and experiences of our existing countywide and regional creative professional networks. Creative Pathways is a series of convenings, workshops, and events which we will collectively develop, co-host, sponsor, and attend throughout the year to amplify this effort and our unified voice for the arts.

Arts Connection – the Arts Council of San Bernardino County, 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, Arts Connection is officially designated to provide financial support, services, and other programs to enhance the capacity of the region’s cultural arts organizations, individual artists, and the diverse communities of the county.