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.


Grant Opportunity for Writers—Deadline May 19th

The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant supports emerging and established writers who write about contemporary visual art.

Awards range from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories—articles, books, and short-form writing—the grants support a wide variety of projects, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies.

Deadline to apply for an Arts Writer’s Grant is May 19.

More information about the application process here:

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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:


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.




Two New Job Opportunities with the City of Ontario

City of Ontario, Assistant Curator

Are you passionate about sharing the mission and goals of a Museum? Looking for a new career where you have the ability to utilize your exhibition skills and be a part of an exciting and diverse team? If so, the City of Ontario has the perfect opportunity for you! The Ontario Museum of History & Art is searching for an organized and self-motivated individual to join the team as a part-time Assistant Curator. The Assistant Curator is responsible for the exhibition development, coordinating traveling exhibitions including installation and dismantling; and all aspects of exhibition care, upkeep and security oversight. The Assistant Curator provides support to maintain professional levels of care for the Museum’s collections of historic materials. In addition, this position assists in the development of public programming and outreach materials resulting in effective communication of the Museum’s exhibits and community programs and activities.


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City of Ontario

Graphic and Marketing Specialist

Are you passionate about graphic design? Do you consider yourself to be an expert at finding the best marketing strategies to promote events and services? If so, the Community Life and Culture Agency has the perfect position for you! The Community Life and Culture Agency is searching for a marketing and design superstar to join the team as a Graphic and Marketing Specialist. This position will cultivate and coordinate a variety of communication materials for programs and activities related to the Community Life and Culture Agency. In addition, this position assists with writing, copy editing, and social media to develop and build the City’s regional identity as “Southern California’s destination for arts and culture for everyone, every day”.


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