ARTS CONNECTION

elevating arts and culture in San Bernardino County

aka The Arts Council of San Bernardino County   |   San Bernardino, CA   |  www.artsconnectionnetwork.org

Mission

Arts Connection is dedicated to stimulating creative and economic vitality and enriching lives throughout the communities we serve by providing support, promotion, education, and advocacy for the arts.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Jennifer Marie Kane

Main address

5500 University Pkwy CSUSB Visual Arts Bldg. Rm 308

San Bernardino, CA 92407 USA

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EIN

46-3088038

NTEE code info

Arts Council/Agency (A26)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One of our biggest challenges is addressing the size and scope of our region. Our task is to serve the entire county of San Bernardino with a limited staff and budget. Our mission is to elevate arts and culture in San Bernardino County and create a culture where the county invests in each of the creative communities that completes the diverse and rich fabric of this region. Right now the County's vision includes language around arts and culture but it doesn't directly fund arts ands culture in a sustainable way and does not have clear policies that allow this kind of investment to take root. We are working to change that. We have just finished a strategic planning process which outlines a new 3-year plan to address this challenge through three distinct goals. I will delineate those goals below:

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Veterans Initiative in the Arts

The Veterans Initiative in The Arts (VIA) project will provide opportunities for increased public understanding and appreciation of veterans’ experiences over the course of several months- from casual interactions during hikes and studio work, to a formal exhibition and performance. It harnesses artistic, social, and environmental engagement through the accessible process of papermaking.

Veterans, active-duty military, and their families are invited to engage in this multifaceted art project, spearheaded by Joshua Tree veterans art organization, Mil-Tree, and with guidance from Joshua Tree National Park staff and Mojave Desert Land Trust. Participants will remove invasive plants from Joshua Tree National Park and local artist facilitators will support the transformation of the plants into pulp for creative expression-- including drawing, screen printing, writing and story telling.

The project will culminate in an exhibition and performance at 29 Palms Art Gallery and include visual work alongside readings, spoken word, and documentation of the project.

Population(s) Served

Professional arts conference. Opportunity for professional development, networking, discussion and building collaboration within our community.

Population(s) Served

Artists are integral to healthy communities, and the arts are a societal cornerstone that bring people together, build community, and foster social progress. The Artists Activating Communities program supports artistic residencies by centralizing artists and their artistic processes as vehicles for community vitality. Funded projects are artist-driven, and engage community members as active participants.

Arts Connection received a California Arts Council grant for 16,200, along with matching funds from the San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission of $10,000 dollars, to support the creation of a living artwork by the artist collective, Fallen Fruit. The project will take place at The Garcia Center for the Arts in the City of San Bernardino, with satellite locations in the surrounding neighborhood. It will include a variety of citrus trees, hand-crafted wooden picnic tables etched with community quotes, and be accompanied by a suite of public participatory projects, culminating in a zine and an exhibition. Printmaker Bob Hurton (aka Uncle Bacon), and Inlandia’s Poet Laureate, Nikia Chaney, will work with Fallen Fruit and community participants on the creation of the Zine.

“We had such a positive response to Fallen Fruit’s keynote at our annual conference last October, we had to bring them back to do a project. Their work really brings the community together!” said Danielle Giudici Wallis, the Executive Director of Arts Connection, the arts council for San Bernardino County.

The California Arts Council’s Artists Activating Communities grant program is now in its second year. Arts Connection is one of just 62 grantees chosen for this highly competitive program, which received applications from 99 organizations statewide. The news of Arts Connection’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php.

Population(s) Served

Since 2005, more than 12,000 schools, 50,000 teachers, and 3.3 million students have discovered the power of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. This program provides free, easy-to-use materials that encourage high school students to learn about classic and contemporary poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

The competition starts in the classroom with students choosing poems to memorize and recite from an online anthology of more than 900 poems. Students advance to school-wide contests, then regional and state finals.

Arts Connection gets information out to schools, and contracts with teaching poets to work with contestants in the schools. We also organize the annual countywide contest, and send the champion to Sacramento to compete at the state level.

By participating in the program, students have the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the national finals in Washington, DC, in April 2018. In total, Poetry Out Loud will award more than $100,000 to state- and national-level winners and their schools.

Population(s) Served

Fallen Fruit's project for San Bernardino will involve working together with community members in the creation of a living artwork. The project’s main site will be The Garcia Center for the Arts in the City of San Bernardino, with other programming taking place at the San Bernardino County Museum, The Feldheym Library, and sites in Victorville and Crestline (which are still being determined). The project will include plantings of a variety of citrus trees at the Garcia Center, fruit tree adoption opportunities, an art exhibition, poetry and collage that will come together in a zine, hand-crafted wooden picnic tables etched with community quotes, and other public participatory projects. Other local artists, including Printmaker Bob Hurton (aka Uncle Bacon) and Inlandia’s Poet Laureate, Nikia Chaney, will work with Fallen Fruit and community participants on the creation of the Zine. Mark your calendars with the dated below and stay tuned for more information and event registration!

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollars paid to artists

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This include cash and in-kind contributions by board members over the year.

Number of donors retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Poetry Out Loud

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Annual Conference

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Increase county-wide engagement in arts and cultural activities
2. recruit and engage three new active and energetic board members
3. increase staff time to at least one full-time and one part-time staff members in the next 3 years.

1. Broaden earned revenue sources
2. Increase corporate and private support
3. Increase local and regional support through volunteer efforts, direct donations, and membership
4. Improve our communication lines and clarify mission, identity and branding to bring in new audiences and parters.

We already have a strong base of support and have been actively building our network for the past 5 years. The organization is continuing to grow and build its identity through partnerships rooted in communities throughout the county.

We have over 500 connected artists and organizations through our website and over 2,000 on Facebook and a growing following on Instagram.

Our current board represents the west end of the county and the eastern high desert and Morongo Basin. We have a strong tie to our local city of San Bernardino and we have active support from Cal State San Bernardino.

We have a number of projects in development and we are actively revising and updating our mission and vision to direct incorporate feedback from constituent surveys and focus groups from across the county.

Arts Connection's core programs and services include the following: an Annual Conference, which brings together a cross-sector of artists, organizations, and businesses to encourage collaborations that strengthen our communities through diverse arts and culture programming; professional development workshops for individual artists and organizations; support of local art projects in collaboration with local, state, and national partners and funders to bring arts projects into our communities; an online cultural asset map to connect, promote and leverage local resources; technical assistance to art organizations; and a website to facilitate the exchange of arts information.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ARTS CONNECTION

Board of directors
as of 7/8/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kathryn Ervin

Sandra Espadas

Hope Through Housing

Dorothy Garcia, PhD.

San Bernardino Fine Arts Commissioner

Danielle Yellen

Cal State San Bernardino

Anne Viricel, PhD.

San Bernardino Symphony

Mary Addison Hackett

indepedent artist

Marcia Geiger

independent artist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No