The Garcia Center for the Arts

The Garcia Center for the Arts The Garcia Center for the Arts: to sponsor, promote and sustain the arts in the San Bernardino community The San Bernardino Valley Concert Association or SBVCA,
was established in the year 1932.

The purpose and mission of the association when it was first founded was to contract with touring music and dance groups to perform for their audiences. The association would pay all major cost for groups performing at the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts. The groups performing would then take all proceeds from ticket sales to sustain their program. By the turn of the Century the Valley Concert As

The purpose and mission of the association when it was first founded was to contract with touring music and dance groups to perform for their audiences. The association would pay all major cost for groups performing at the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts. The groups performing would then take all proceeds from ticket sales to sustain their program. By the turn of the Century the Valley Concert As

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Watch, create, listen, learn. EMPIRE WIND ENSEMBLE Wednesdays, 7-9PM Rehearsals every Wednesday evening from 7 to 9pm at The Garcia Center for the Arts. To join and for more information, please contac

Keep an eye out for “The Teeny Tiny Puppet Show Festival,” from CSUSB Professor Johanna Smith. The Teeny Tiny Puppet Sho...
10/04/2021

Keep an eye out for “The Teeny Tiny Puppet Show Festival,” from CSUSB Professor Johanna Smith. The Teeny Tiny Puppet Show Festival is a travelling puppet production, featuring a collection of short stories written and created by puppetry students, all told in the Brazilian “Teatro Lambe Lambe” style. Each puppet story takes place inside a miniature set box with puppets and sets designed by the creator of each tale.

Keep an eye out for “The Teeny Tiny Puppet Show Festival,” from CSUSB Professor Johanna Smith. The Teeny Tiny Puppet Show Festival is a travelling puppet production, featuring a collection of short stories written and created by puppetry students, all told in the Brazilian “Teatro Lambe Lambe” style. Each puppet story takes place inside a miniature set box with puppets and sets designed by the creator of each tale.

Back in July, we held an opening ceremony for the garden at The Garcia Center. We are thankful to have had John Shollenb...
10/04/2021
Life in SoCal - San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts

Back in July, we held an opening ceremony for the garden at The Garcia Center. We are thankful to have had John Shollenberger of Life In Socal present that day to capture the event.

Watch the video recapping highlights of that day, featuring interviews with community members, including interviews with Dr. Ernie & Dr. Dotti Garcia, namesakes of the Garcia Center for the Arts.

Watch the video for yourself at the link below and make sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel, LifeInSoCalStudios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD8vVy2iFo8&t=1556s

John Shollenberger attends the San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts - Garden Center grand opening celebration. He speaks with several members of the fac...

October 22nd: The Downtown San Bernardino Art WalkGo out and support the artists and creatives in San Bernardino at the ...
10/04/2021

October 22nd: The Downtown San Bernardino Art Walk

Go out and support the artists and creatives in San Bernardino at the next art walk in Downtown. A good momentum is building in San Bernardino. We hope to see you there!

October 22nd: The Downtown San Bernardino Art Walk

Go out and support the artists and creatives in San Bernardino at the next art walk in Downtown. A good momentum is building in San Bernardino. We hope to see you there!

We are very happy to have The Garcia Center for the Arts featured in the IE Information Ecosystem Assessment, put togeth...
10/04/2021

We are very happy to have The Garcia Center for the Arts featured in the IE Information Ecosystem Assessment, put together by the Listening Post Collective. Please make some time to read through it yourself. A lot of familiar community faces and voices are featured throughout the report.

https://internews.org/resource/californias-inland-empire-information-ecosystem-assessment/

We are very happy to have The Garcia Center for the Arts featured in the IE Information Ecosystem Assessment, put together by the Listening Post Collective. Please make some time to read through it yourself. A lot of familiar community faces and voices are featured throughout the report.

https://internews.org/resource/californias-inland-empire-information-ecosystem-assessment/

🎼 Empire Wind EnsembleRehearsals every Wednesday evening from 7 to 9pm at The Garcia Center for the ArtsFormed in 2016, ...
10/01/2021

🎼 Empire Wind Ensemble

Rehearsals every Wednesday evening from 7 to 9pm at The Garcia Center for the Arts

Formed in 2016, the Empire Wind Ensemble is a community concert band open to new members wanting to hone their musical skills. Composed of some of the best musicians in the Inland Empire, the Empire Wind Ensemble plays a wide repertoire and holds regular concerts. We’re a San Bernardino-based concert band organized for the purpose of advancing the cultural, civic, music education, and general interest of the appreciation of performing arts within the Inland Empire and surrounding communities.

To join and for more information, please contact Ruben at (909) 709-1565.

🎼 Empire Wind Ensemble

Rehearsals every Wednesday evening from 7 to 9pm at The Garcia Center for the Arts

Formed in 2016, the Empire Wind Ensemble is a community concert band open to new members wanting to hone their musical skills. Composed of some of the best musicians in the Inland Empire, the Empire Wind Ensemble plays a wide repertoire and holds regular concerts. We’re a San Bernardino-based concert band organized for the purpose of advancing the cultural, civic, music education, and general interest of the appreciation of performing arts within the Inland Empire and surrounding communities.

To join and for more information, please contact Ruben at (909) 709-1565.

The Teaching Artist Training Series is presented by our friends at Arts Connection, The Arts Council of San Bernardino C...
08/30/2021

The Teaching Artist Training Series is presented by our friends at Arts Connection, The Arts Council of San Bernardino County. It is an opportunity for artists to build skills that will allow them to teach a variety of art disciplines in after school and other community settings. This training will connect artists with work opportunities and help them build a teaching portfolio in a variety of contexts. ❗️Deadline to apply is September 20. ❗️

Click on the link for more info: https://forms.gle/CuXrKomWMs7L6L7R6

The Teaching Artist Training Series is presented by our friends at Arts Connection, The Arts Council of San Bernardino County. It is an opportunity for artists to build skills that will allow them to teach a variety of art disciplines in after school and other community settings. This training will connect artists with work opportunities and help them build a teaching portfolio in a variety of contexts. ❗️Deadline to apply is September 20. ❗️

Click on the link for more info: https://forms.gle/CuXrKomWMs7L6L7R6

Inlandia Institute presents Stories collected in the midst of the Pandemic:On Sunday August 22nd, Inlandia presented “Co...
08/30/2021

Inlandia Institute presents Stories collected in the midst of the Pandemic:

On Sunday August 22nd, Inlandia presented “Covid Stories: How We Made It Through”. This past year and a half has been trying for us all. It was such a pleasure to spend a bit of time unpacking it all, from the lonely struggles of the pandemic, to the US presidential election, to the murder of George Floyd. We must continue connecting as a community, feel empowered to share our stories and struggles, even in the midst of a pandemic and the limitations that get in the way.

Special thank you to the presenters: Antonio Vong, Rose Y. Monge, Tanisha Bradley, and Rebecca Waring-Crane, and to all who came out!

Inlandia Institute presents Stories collected in the midst of the Pandemic:

On Sunday August 22nd, Inlandia presented “Covid Stories: How We Made It Through”. This past year and a half has been trying for us all. It was such a pleasure to spend a bit of time unpacking it all, from the lonely struggles of the pandemic, to the US presidential election, to the murder of George Floyd. We must continue connecting as a community, feel empowered to share our stories and struggles, even in the midst of a pandemic and the limitations that get in the way.

Special thank you to the presenters: Antonio Vong, Rose Y. Monge, Tanisha Bradley, and Rebecca Waring-Crane, and to all who came out!

On Thursday, August 19th, we had a special presentation of ‘Captain Empath vs COVID-19’, an action packed play put toget...
08/30/2021
'Captain Empath vs. Covid-19': a superhero play for the pandemic era

On Thursday, August 19th, we had a special presentation of ‘Captain Empath vs COVID-19’, an action packed play put together by El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center, whose goal is to combat misinformation around the COVID vaccine and virus. It was great fun seeing the performance, bringing some lightness to the fight against the COVID virus.

Check out the video recap:

Californian community organization 'El Sol' is bringing a Hollywood-style twist to the fight against Covid-19 with its new play, 'Captain Empath vs. Covid-19'. The show seeks to combat misinformation surrounding coronavirus vaccines, and encourages people to get jabbed.

08/28/2021
The Garcia Center Garden Grand Opening 🌱🌿☀️🎉On Saturday July 17th, we celebrated the opening of the Garcia Center garden...
07/29/2021

The Garcia Center Garden Grand Opening 🌱🌿☀️🎉

On Saturday July 17th, we celebrated the opening of the Garcia Center garden. It was a beautiful evening filled with music, dance, art, and community. The day included an art show in the Garcia Center gallery, organized by artist Belen Ledezma and featuring work by Erokthelion, Death in Tales, Denise Silva and Amparo Chi.

The evening also included musical Performances by QUITAPENAS, Milpa Musica, Yung Miss, Illsamar, and Phantom Thrett. Duan Kellum of Skool Boiz was also screen printing live during the event on behalf of the Just SB collective. We also had artist LetterAction doing live graffiti art. Thank you so much to everyone that was able to join us.

Portrait Photography by Fabian Torres

Storytelling with ClayOn Saturday July 24, we had an amazing group of participants take part in the Storytelling with Cl...
07/28/2021
Meet the Artist: Lucy Sunga

Storytelling with Clay

On Saturday July 24, we had an amazing group of participants take part in the Storytelling with Clay workshop. Clay was the medium for which participants were able to tell a story of their past, present or future lives while living in San Bernardino, discussing the changes they would like to see for the future of the city. The workshop went over basic handbuilding techniques and was open to people residing in the City of San Bernardino. The work created by the participating community will be exhibited in a show at The Garcia Center in September.

The Storytelling with Clay workshop was made possible by Arts Connection’s 2021 Micro Grants. We want to celebrate Lucy Sunga for being one of the awardees.

Lucy Sunga has resided in the City of San Bernardino for the past 20 years, she graduated CSU San Bernardino. Her work has been fluid with exploring her identity and the importance of documenting family history, while making visual memories with her sculptures.

Her project aims to support production of a ceramic art installation, honoring Lucy’s ancestors. Lucy will create an art installation of organic three-dimensional sculptures representing her grandparents who Lucy did not have the opportunity to meet, as her parents immigrated to The United States from Mexico before she was born in 1988.

Learn more about Lucy and her project by watching the video at the link: https://youtu.be/5dqGCdTrkS0

Lucy Sunga has resided in the City of San Bernardino for the past 20 years, she graduated CSU San Bernardino. Her work has been fluid with exploring her ide...

Commemoration with Assemblymember James C. Ramos and Assemblymember Eloise Gómez ReyesOn July 10th, Assemblymembers Jame...
07/28/2021

Commemoration with Assemblymember James C. Ramos and Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes

On July 10th, Assemblymembers James Ramos and Eloise Gomez Reyes were present at The Garcia Center for the Arts to commemorate the $1million in state funding coming to the center. It is a blessing to have the support from two of our local elected leaders. We are so grateful for the support and are looking forward to realizing all the projects that are now possible with this funding!

Many times, when cities plan for housing, jobs & business, they do so without hearing from the community. JustSB is crea...
07/28/2021

Many times, when cities plan for housing, jobs & business, they do so without hearing from the community. JustSB is creating a People’s Plan for an inclusive economy by engaging with the community to make sure the people have a say!

Learn more about JustSB by listening to the JustSB podcast. You can hear the conversation with Bennie D. Tinson, Campaign Coordinator for Warehouse Worker Resource Center.

Use your voice today: http://bit.ly/JustSBSurvey

🎬 Founder of local nonprofit Time for Change Foundation, Kim Carter, will be featured in one of seven segments of a film...
07/28/2021

🎬 Founder of local nonprofit Time for Change Foundation, Kim Carter, will be featured in one of seven segments of a film directed by Taraji P. Henson that highlights inspiring women.

Pictured from left: Kim Carter, Andrea Iervolino, Taraji P. Henson, and Jennifer Hudson who will be portraying Carter.

🎬 Founder of local nonprofit Time for Change Foundation, Kim Carter, will be featured in one of seven segments of a film directed by Taraji P. Henson that highlights inspiring women.

Pictured from left: Kim Carter, Andrea Iervolino, Taraji P. Henson, and Jennifer Hudson who will be portraying Carter.

Photos from Louis Robidoux Parkland and Pecan Grove's post
07/28/2021

Photos from Louis Robidoux Parkland and Pecan Grove's post

We will be attending this event at Prado Regional Park, alongside the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District on Au...
07/28/2021

We will be attending this event at Prado Regional Park, alongside the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District on August 15th from 9am to 3pm. Join us if you are near the area. Hope to see you there.

We will be attending this event at Prado Regional Park, alongside the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District on August 15th from 9am to 3pm. Join us if you are near the area. Hope to see you there.

A collaboration of local businesses and community organizations are working together to bring a monthly art walk to San ...
07/28/2021

A collaboration of local businesses and community organizations are working together to bring a monthly art walk to San Bernardino’s downtown area. The first art walk is this Thursday, July 29th. Also look forward to the next one on the last Thursday of August and every following month.

A collaboration of local businesses and community organizations are working together to bring a monthly art walk to San Bernardino’s downtown area. The first art walk is this Thursday, July 29th. Also look forward to the next one on the last Thursday of August and every following month.

More from Inlandia:Publishing opportunity for writers from the Inland Empire! Inlandia Institute is opening up for submi...
07/27/2021

More from Inlandia:
Publishing opportunity for writers from the Inland Empire! Inlandia Institute is opening up for submissions.

Deadline to submit is October 1st.
Learn more and apply at the link: https://inlandiaaliteraryjourney.submittable.com/submit

More from Inlandia:
Publishing opportunity for writers from the Inland Empire! Inlandia Institute is opening up for submissions.

Deadline to submit is October 1st.
Learn more and apply at the link: https://inlandiaaliteraryjourney.submittable.com/submit

August 22nd: Inlandia Institute presents Stories collected in the midst of the PandemicThis event will feature stories c...
07/27/2021

August 22nd: Inlandia Institute presents Stories collected in the midst of the Pandemic

This event will feature stories collected during the pandemic by Tanisha Bradley, Rebecca Waring Crane, as well as stories collected by the Riverside Multicultural Council. Stay tuned for more details.

August 22nd: Inlandia Institute presents Stories collected in the midst of the Pandemic

This event will feature stories collected during the pandemic by Tanisha Bradley, Rebecca Waring Crane, as well as stories collected by the Riverside Multicultural Council. Stay tuned for more details.

If you are available, we would love for you to join us this Thursday morning, as we continue to develop the garden space...
07/26/2021

If you are available, we would love for you to join us this Thursday morning, as we continue to develop the garden space at The Garcia Center. We will be joined by the good people at Inland Empire Resource Conservation District

Thank you so much. We hope to see you there.

If you are available, we would love for you to join us this Thursday morning, as we continue to develop the garden space at The Garcia Center. We will be joined by the good people at Inland Empire Resource Conservation District

Thank you so much. We hope to see you there.

"Hi neighbor, let’s improve San Bernardino together!Uplift San Bernardino invites residents to join our Vacant2Vibrant i...
07/15/2021
Uplift SB: Vacant2Vibrant Application

"Hi neighbor, let’s improve San Bernardino together!

Uplift San Bernardino invites residents to join our Vacant2Vibrant initiative to learn about urban planning and get involved in guiding change in the City. The Vacant2Vibrant initiative offers a series of learning-based workshops for residents of San Bernardino interested in shaping the development of vacant lots in the City.

Classes will engage residents in a fun and easy way to learn about the history of planning, planning tools, and the decision-making process. The goal of the Vacant2Vibrant initiative is to provide residents with a platform to shape the future of vacant lots in the community.

APPLY TO PARTICIPATE! Applications are due July 20.
The Vacant2Vibrant initiative is FREE to join. Classes will be in person and begin late July/early August. Date/time of class will be determined based on availability of residents."

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeF7Hmm-DCBiuAFIYTA_rhsHNmGQflKh4SHiR-tGkSQzGmzAg/viewform

Hi neighbor, let’s improve San Bernardino together! Uplift San Bernardino invites residents to join our Vacant2Vibrant initiative to learn about urban planning and get involved in guiding change in the City. The Vacant2Vibrant initiative offers a series of learning-based workshops for residents of...

On June 20th, we invited the community to come and help us paint a mural for the Garden of Health, El Jardin de la Salud...
06/30/2021

On June 20th, we invited the community to come and help us paint a mural for the Garden of Health, El Jardin de la Salud.

Huge THANKS to all the community members, gardeners, creatives who have helped with this project. We are eternally grateful! Please follow and support all of the local artists and organizers, making everything possible: Ana Cervantes, Alcira Mendoza, Edgar Perez Peña, and Sarah Rain Devine.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 31st Congressional District Art CompetitionArroyo Valley High School student ...
06/30/2021

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 31st Congressional District Art Competition

Arroyo Valley High School student Roxanne Ybarra is the winner of this year's competition with her painting, "Grandma's House", which will be displayed in the US Capitol building in Washington, DC for one year.

"The inspiration for my piece was my grandma Lupe and Vicky. Love for our family is a huge part in Mexican culture, especially our grandmas. Her home was always welcoming and loving. I was lucky to personally spend so much time with them, drawing, embroidering, the church fiestas, learning about our family and culture. If you ever needed somewhere to go, Grandma's house was the place to be. Winning the art competition means everything. My Grandma Vicky would be so proud and my family is so happy she gets to live on in the painting that will be in the Capitol. She is such a special woman. I'm glad I was able to give her this, she always believed in me. I truly am grateful for this opportunity. In the future I wish to have my own art studio. I wish to make more cultural pieces and continue to make myself proud!"

At the Garcia Center, we are also very proud to display the work of second and third place winners, Eliana Jackson and Samantha Garcia, both students from Rialto's Wilmer Amina Carter High School.

Stay tuned for more details for when we schedule a reception or visit https://aguilar.house.gov/

I'm proud to announce that the CA-31 winner of this year's Congressional Art Competition is Roxanne Ybarra from Arroyo Valley High School for her painting, "Grandma's House."

Each year, the Congressional Art Competition reminds us of how talented Inland Empire students are. This year’s submissions captured the diversity of cultures and backgrounds that make up our community, and I’m so proud to have the chance to share original artwork and showcase the talents of the Inland Empire with my colleagues in the US Capitol.

See our first and second runners up and learn more here: https://aguilar.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/aguilar-announces-winner-2021-congressional-art-competition

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536 W. 11th Street
San Bernardino, CA
92410

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 3pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 3pm
Wednesday 9am - 3pm
Thursday 9am - 3pm
Friday 9am - 3pm

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(909) 888-6400

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Already signed-up but couldn't make it out the The Garcia Center for the Arts this Saturday? Still interested in a crate? It's not too late. Please use the link for the google form so I have a way of reaching out. Saniyyah Thomas Heredia from @Arts Connection is there Tues - Friday 12-4 (909)381-1900. She is the super friendly and would love to introduce you to the center https://forms.gle/ADTWokpb2G9v5nCq7
🎶SEE YOU TOMORROW!!🎤 The City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department kicks off its Sizzling Summer Nights Concert Series with TEASE! On Friday, July 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department kicks off its Sizzling Summer Nights Concert Series with a special presentation by the Top-40s band TEASE. The concert will take place at Fiscalini Field located at 1135 East Highland Avenue in San Bernardino. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-concert festivities. Patrons are invited to arrive early and enjoy dinner from one of the food trucks onsite, or visit the information fair featuring local social service agencies. Admission is free, CLICK THE LINK to pre-register, space is limited.
Actors looking for a meaningful project? San Bernardino Valley College is creating a piece dealing with addiction! Actors of all abilities and experience, including NONE! Auditions on Monday. The contact info is on the poster!
Hi Everyone! Come out and join us this Friday for some painting fun! https://www.facebook.com/events/2468066213427183/
Great comic fest today! Such a beautiful building.