Professional Development

Professional Development

Professional development for individual artists as well as organizations has always been a cornerstone of the organization’s programming. Each year, Arts Connection offers – either through the support of its own staff or through hiring outside consultants – free professional development classes, covering topics including grant writing, cultural planning, and marketing and business planning. In addition to these professional practice workshops, Arts Connection hosts community mixers, intended to bring together arts professionals, venue owners, producers and community members to share projects and exhibitions and to promote conversations about potential future collaborations.

Upcoming Events

The Teaching Artist Training Series builds skills and community among practicing artists to teach a variety of art disciplines in after school and other community settings. This training will connect you with new potential work opportunities and help you build a portfolio and skills to navigate teaching art in a variety of contexts, outside of the classroom.


– No teaching credential is required for this training series.

– Some general teaching experience is a plus, but not required.

– Identified medium you would like to teach.

This series of 4 workshops and 2 networking and skill sharing session will cover the following topics and skills:

– Incorporating CA Arts Standards into curriculum development and other strategies to improve teaching and ability to adapt to changing requirements and environments per each setting, community, or school district.

– Integrating child development theory and social emotional considerations for youth in this region and how to weave this into teaching strategies.

– Developing culturally relevant and responsive teaching.

– Optimizing “classroom” management and content development for both online and in-person settings, including resources and effective use of technology.

– Navigating city and school district hiring policies and process; improving your resume, work samples and preparing for the paperwork that is involved.

– Increasing connectivity between the local teaching artists in the Inland Empire and professional teaching opportunities and employers.


4 workshops will take place on the following dates from 3:00-5:30pm. Light snacks will be provided.

October 19, 2021

November 16, 2021

December 14, 2021

Final session TBD by group in January 2022

We will have a group welcome orientation the week prior to the first workshop – October 12th – at a time that works for all!

The 2 community skill sharing sessions will be collaboratively determined among the selected applicants to determine the best day/times for the group.

Queer/Trans/People of Color (QTPOC) are strongly encouraged to apply. There are a limited number of scholarships available, please email Arts Connection at the email below to interview for these spaces. You must complete the application below before contacting the office.

This training series is presented by Arts Connection, in partnership with RIMS California Arts Project. If you have any questions about this program or the following application questions, please reach out to Jennifer Kane, Arts Connection’s Executive Director at or by calling 909.381.1900

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