San Bernardino is filled with many organizations and businesses that hold the arts in the forefront.
Beginning in 2010 over 70 cultural and civic leaders from across San Bernardino County (convened regularly to create a central resource and advocacy organization for strengthening arts and culture initiatives across SBC. Through a resolution from the SBC Board of Supervisors in 2013, Arts Connection was designated San Bernardino County's arts council. Arts COnnection's mission is to elevate arts and culture in San Bernardino County, inspiring county-wide investment in each of our creative communities. We build creative and economic vitality by advocating for increased state and regional support for arts infrastructure and developing or sponsoring projects that creatively and collaboratively address community needs.
KayJo Creatives is an innovative, community-centered production and arts company, focussing on filmmaking, event coordination, and arts education. Since starting in April 2018, we have hosted eight paint parties (a total of over 230 participants); facilitated four creative writing workshops in storytelling and poetry; and created promotional short films for four clients. We are particularly proud of our partnerships with Arts Connection, Cal State Fullerton, San Bernardino JazzFest, Poetry Out Loud, and Cal Humanities. Although we plan to expand to other areas, we centered our work in and around San Bernardino to combat the enduring lack of arts programming and funding in underserved communities of color there. We believe that the power to change the narrative is the power to change the community, and we diligently work towards empowering people to shape and share their stories. We are currently producing our first feature-length documentary film and portrait series “I, Too.” “I, Too” shares the perspective and world of 100 black men from California and Florida, find our promo gallery for “I, Too” on Instagram @IToo2020. Find us on Facebook and Instagram at @KayJoCreatives or at our website kayjocreatives.com.
Writing Forward: Crafting Revision, our six-week, online writing workshop series, August 22, 2020-November 7, 2020. Each session will consist of a short generative prompt, interactive lesson on revision, and a writing workshop broken into 2 smaller breakout groups. Participants will complete 6 drafts of new poems, create a publication plan, develop revision strategies, complete a revised manuscript of 8-10 poems, and have a 45-minute one-on-one consultation with one of the co-facilitators. Email Natalie@KayJoCreatives.com for more information.