CSUSB Supports Countywide Sept. 13 Arts Conference


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Arts professionals from throughout San Bernardino County and surrounding areas will convene for a full day of speakers, workshops, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities at the 2014 Arts Conference Connection. The conference will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 2505 Cultural Center Drive, in Rancho Cucamonga.

The event is organized by the non-profit Arts Connection – The Arts Council of San Bernardino County, housed in Cal State San Bernardino’s Visual Arts Center, and the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, said Sant Khalsa, a professor emeritus of the art department. The university’s art, music and theatre arts departments have collaborated in various projects with the Arts Connection, said Khalsa, who is also a board member of the Arts Connection, along with theatre arts professor Katherine Ervin. Cal State San Bernardino’s Office of the President serves as an event sponsor. “I am very excited to see Cal State San Bernardino show their support for the first conference of this kind in our region,” Khalsa said. “San Bernardino County is filled with talented artists and designers, performers, curators, arts educators, arts administrators and a variety of arts professionals, who are making important contributions to our region and creative culture every day. A convening of these individuals with a fantastic line-up of conference presenters will make for a thought-provoking and inspiring day.” Craig Watson, executive director of the California Arts Council, will give the keynote address and speak on the state of the arts in California and bringing economic and creative vitality to the Inland Empire through the arts. Janice Rutherford, representing the 2nd District on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, will give the welcoming remarks.

The conference will focus on “Professional Practices for Visual and Performing Artists and Administrators,” and includes a line up of presenters and facilitators who include Karen Atkinson, founder of GYST-Ink and CalArts professor; Scott Ward, executive director, Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena; Matt Walker, artistic director, Troubadour Theatre Company; Valerie Peister, community outreach programming manager, Redlands Bowl; Michael Segura, City of San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission and member of San Bernardino Generation Now; and Paige Taylor, education and outreach coordinator, the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at Cal State San Bernardino. Daniel Foster, the executive director of the Oceanside Museum of Art and founding board chair of Arts Connection, will give the closing remarks. “I encourage all arts professionals in our region to attend the Arts Connection Conference and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to gain valuable information, tools, and inspiration in support of their careers, the arts community and our county,” Khalsa said.

Along with the CSUSB Office of the President, the conference is being sponsored through the contributions of funds and/or in-kind support from The James Irvine Foundation, California Arts Council, San Bernardino Valley Concert Association, Chaffey College School of Visual and Performing Arts, CSUSB’s Associated Students Inc., Gloria Macias Harrison, David Lawrence, Arts Management Program at Claremont Graduate University, The Community Foundation, Museum of History and Art-Ontario Associates, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art at Chaffey College, San Bernardino Symphony, and others. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. The conference is free to all members of Arts Connection. One-year memberships start at $25 and $10 for students. The conference fee is $50 for non-members. Pre-registration for the conference is highly encouraged. Registration is available online at http://artsconnectionnetwork.org/event-reservation or by phone at (909) 537-5809.

For more information about the conference, contact Julia Tilley, interim executive director, Arts Connection, (909) 537-5809 and info@artsconnectionnetwork.org. Arts Connection – The Arts Council of San Bernardino County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating creative and economic vitality and enriching lives throughout the communities it serves by providing support, promotion, education, and advocacy for the arts. Arts Connection was created to share needed knowledge and resources, support initiatives that engage, encourage and advocate community building through the arts, and offer funding solutions for progressive projects, art groups and artists. For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.

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