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
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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 Association was not able to continue their philanthropy because of a lack of funding. In 2008 a generous donation from the estate of Frank Plash gave the needed funds to revive the Concert Association. The board adopted a simpler Mission “To Sponsor, Promote and Sustain the Arts.” Sponsoring concerts, music programs, and new non-profits the SBVCA remains active in their community. In 2013, the Association's board approved the lease with the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department for the abandoned adobe building on 11th Street. The building was dedicated in honor of Ernest and Dorothy Garcia for their many contributions to the visual and performing arts. On November 16th, 2015 it was named the Garcia Center for the Arts. A home for creatives and art organizations the Garcia Center is a sturdy foundation for San Bernardino's art renaissance.

Looking for a venue to host your next event?  Consider doing it at the Garcia Center for the Arts. We have a beautiful a...
12/31/2019
Rent Space - San Bernardino Valley Concert Association

Looking for a venue to host your next event? Consider doing it at the Garcia Center for the Arts.

We have a beautiful auditorium perfect for parties to live shows. We also have a gallery space perfect for any art exhibition or workshop. If you're just looking for a place to meet, we also have a conference room with wifi connection suited just for that.

You also will not have to worry about renting chairs or tables for your event, because we have what you need!

Learn more by going to our website.

http://www.sbvca.org/garcia-center/rent/

To sponsor, promote, and sustain the arts in San Bernardino.

#RepostThank you @samueloxymoron & @12twlv for filming at The Garcia Center.Please check out the completed videos in the...
12/11/2019

#Repost

Thank you @samueloxymoron & @12twlv for filming at The Garcia Center.

Please check out the completed videos in the Mental Floss Pencil Box series. Each one highlights different locations around the San Bernardino area.

Awesome stuff.

#SanBernardino #shadowlocust #shadowlocustfamily #sbartsconnect #inlandempire #sanbernardinoart

12/11/2019

Tamara Cedré’s exhibition “Revelar, Recontar, Reclamar” will open Saturday, December 28 from 4-10PM at The Little Gallery of San Bernardino. @the_little_gallery_sb

Then, on January 17th at 4pm, join us here at The Garcia Center for the Arts for a film screening and talk with the artist Tamara Cedré.

In an act of reclamation, Cedré constructs an archive of found, contested, and reimagined photographs to serve as a site for understanding issues surrounding the political status and identity of Puerto Ricans.

#sbartsconnect #tammycedrephotography #puertorico

11/26/2019

#Repost @kayjocreatives
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Please have interested high schoolers and teachers reach out to @kayjocreatives or @nataliejograham to participate in San Bernardino County’s Poetry Out Loud program. Poetry Out Loud is a national program that encourages high school students to memorize poems and recite them to win cash prizes for themselves and their schools. Our local winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to Sacramento and a chance to compete for a $20,000 national prize. #poetry #poetryoutloud #sanbernardino #create #art #highschool #community #poetsofinstagram #poet #createcommunity #honorhumanity #AmplifyIE #sbartsconnect

11/23/2019

Thank you to Tachi Fuego Media for filming and editing together this video

On November 16th, 2019, The Garcia Center for the Arts hosted Black Book Sessions and the Poetry Out Loud Kick Off. Attendees were able to participate in a writing workshop with KayJo Creatives, shirt screen printing with Skool Boiz, as well as jewelry-making and button pin pressing. There was live art, music and delicious food from Elevated Greens.

Artists between the ages of 9 and 24 were also able to participate in an art contest. All attendees were also able to take home art-making giveaways, courtesy of Black Book Sessions.

Join us this evening for our monthly paint night with @paintingwithjesse Fun for all ages!
11/22/2019

Join us this evening for our monthly paint night with @paintingwithjesse

Fun for all ages!

IDEAS & +
11/09/2019

IDEAS & +

"Raíces y Alas" en el cierre de la #SemanaGlobal de México en Consulado de México en San Bernardino, California

Gracias The Garcia Center for the Arts, #SCIPP, #consulado, #JaujaBurrito, #miricotlaxcala, #WorldPics, #theCuriousCrowd, #Ideasandplus por hacerlo posible! 🎉🙏🙏😍

Larry Burns, Writer
11/08/2019

Larry Burns, Writer

There are many unique cultural experiences to be had at the The Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino, California. One of them I put in my last book, Secret Inland Empire is the Inlandia Institute's Free Poetry Library (created with a donation by Nikia Chaney).
You can check out books for free - picture shows you the old school process used! Here's a shot of me returning a book of poetry I borrowed OVER A YEAR AGO!
Not only did they not assess a penalty, but they even came to me to do the return ;)
You cannot afford NOT to check out a book from this library!

KayJo Creatives
11/07/2019

KayJo Creatives

‼️Our 3rd featured poet is no stranger to the KayJo Creative poet spotlight! We are all in for a treat with @cynthiaabriano 🤩🙌🏾 Cynthia Alessandra Briano is Director of the Rapp Saloon Reading Series First Fridays in Santa Monica. She is also Founder of Love On Demand Global, which creates custom-ordered poetry for charity. She is recipient of the Lois Morrell & J. Russell Hayes Poetry Prize, and a finalist in the James Hearst Poetry Prize. She is a graduate student at University of California Riverside Palm Desert Low Residency MFA program. .
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#SanBernardino #poetry #IE #sbartsconnect #garciacenter #poetryoutloud #kayjocreatives #poets #youthpoets #professionalpoets #LApoets #IEpoets #PoetrIE #art #youthartists #scholarship #contest #rapbattle #free #writing #artisimportant #rappsaloon #loveondemandglobal #poetspotlight @ The Garcia Center for the Arts

Mexican Movie Night will take a break, and resume in January.  Keep posted for movie titles and dates!Here's a look back...
10/29/2019

Mexican Movie Night will take a break, and resume in January. Keep posted for movie titles and dates!

Here's a look back at some of the wonderful screenings we had recently.

San Bernardino Generation Now
10/26/2019

San Bernardino Generation Now

TODAY!! From noon to 6PM at The Garcia Center for the Arts SB:
A pop-up art show/market and Virtual Reality gaming experience. Entrance is FREE!

Some amazing IE artists exhibiting and there will also be free comic deals for connecting-

Consulado de México en San Bernardino, California
10/22/2019

Consulado de México en San Bernardino, California

Queremos agradecer a todas y cada una de las personas que nos acompañaron la tarde del jueves pasado en The Garcia Center for the Arts para la proyección de la película mexicana "La otra Virginidad" del director mexicano Juan Manuel Torres.

¡Los esperamos en la función de octubre para la proyección de "Maten al León" de José Estrada, en breve les informaremos los detalles!

#consuladodeméxicoensanbernardino #sresanbernardino #serviciosconsulares #protecciónconsular #asuntoscomunitarios #redconsular #sre #ime #inlandempire #sanbernardino #riverside #california #recursos #información #protecciónconsular #ciam #desarrolloeconómico #asuntospolíticos #relacionespúblicas #educaciónfinanciera #eventosculturales #consuladosobreruedas #protecciónamigrantes #plazascomunitarias #mexitel #eventocomunitario #cinemexicano #MatenAlLeón #JoséEstrada #garciacenterforthearts @ The Garcia Center for the Arts

If you enjoy singing, come on over. Call Joyce Seegee at 909-882-1372 for additional information
10/20/2019

If you enjoy singing, come on over. Call Joyce Seegee at 909-882-1372 for additional information

The banana trees at the center grow so quickly. Next time you visit us, inquire about taking one of these babies home.
10/20/2019

The banana trees at the center grow so quickly. Next time you visit us, inquire about taking one of these babies home.

JOIN US Thursday, OCT 24th, 6PM for a Movie Night presented by the Mexican Consulate of San Bernardino @consulmexsanbern...
10/16/2019

JOIN US Thursday, OCT 24th, 6PM for a Movie Night presented by the Mexican Consulate of San Bernardino @consulmexsanbernardino
The featured film will be “Maten al León" (Kill the Lion)
English subtitles provided and Refreshments will be served.

This award-winning film, directed by Jose Estrada, is based on a novel written by Jorge Ibarguengoitia. A handsome pilot is called back to his homeland, the Latin American republic of Arepa, by the rich islanders to participate in a plot to kill the dictator who is known as El León (the Lion).

How to enter the BBS art contest? 1. Bring your art piece on the day of the event. 2. Submit your art at the art registr...
10/16/2019

How to enter the BBS art contest?
1. Bring your art piece on the day of the event.
2. Submit your art at the art registration booth before 3:30 pm
3. Near the end of the show we will announce our winners!

Art contest submission guidelines:
Only one entry per artist will be accepted per contest.
Contest is for ages 9 through 24 years old only.
Price packs will be awarded for first, second and third place in each respective age category. In addition, all ages will be eligible for the Director's Choice Award for the art piece considered best in show.
Ages 17 to 23 will be eligible for art grants
Deadline for registration is 3:30 p.m. sharp. We highly encourage you to complete your art piece prior to the day of the event. Qualifying art submission techniques might include, but are not limited to: oil, scratchboard, pointillism, chalk, pastel, charcoal, colored pencil, acrylics, dry brush, watercolor, crosshatch, lead, linoleum printing, tempura and or crayon. Digital artwork or photography will NOT be accepted.

At the registration Booth you will be asked to complete a brief registration form including your name, age, contact information and a brief description of your art piece. The information provided will be used to notify you if your art entry places and you are not present to collect your prize. Should be the contestants original done creation and must not infringe upon any copyright laws. Contest winners will be announced near the end of the show on the day of the event; you do not need to be present to collect your prize. All contestants can pick up their art pieces from the registration area after winners are announced. We wish you GOOD LUCK!

November 16th will be an event-filled day at the Garcia Center. KayJo Creatives is thrilled to partner with Arts Connect...
10/16/2019

November 16th will be an event-filled day at the Garcia Center. KayJo Creatives is thrilled to partner with Arts Connection, National Endowment for the Arts, and California Arts Council to celebrate the kickoff of San Bernardino County's Poetry Out Loud Program! Contact @kayjocreatives by emailing [email protected] to sign up for the rap/spoken word contest & open mic.

"Do not let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live." - Mae Jemison

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about literary history and contemporary life.

SAVE THE DATE: Art Competition at the Garcia Center with @black.book.sessionsFREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLICStay Tuned for mor...
10/12/2019

SAVE THE DATE: Art Competition at the Garcia Center with @black.book.sessions

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Stay Tuned for more details.

CERAMICS CLASS: Look at some of the completed hand built projects from September's ceramics class.Come and work out your...
10/11/2019

CERAMICS CLASS: Look at some of the completed hand built projects from September's ceramics class.

Come and work out your creative muscle when classes start again in November.
Just look at all the NEW GLAZE OPTIONS! We hope to see you here.

On October 26th at the Garcia Center, Nerdpop will be hosting a FREE, open to the public virtual reality gaming event, a...
10/07/2019

On October 26th at the Garcia Center, Nerdpop will be hosting a FREE, open to the public virtual reality gaming event, along with some of the Inland Empire's hest artists.

Follow @nerdpop for more on this event

Register now for our next Ceramics Class series, starting in November. Call the center at (909) 888-6400.
10/07/2019

Register now for our next Ceramics Class series, starting in November. Call the center at (909) 888-6400.

Creating with your hands is fun. This NOVEMBER, come and try it out at the Ceramics class with instructor @la_luzecita
10/04/2019

Creating with your hands is fun. This NOVEMBER, come and try it out at the Ceramics class with instructor @la_luzecita

Join us for a haunted art show on October 19th featuring work from @noframeofreference
10/02/2019

Join us for a haunted art show on October 19th featuring work from @noframeofreference

Join the fun on October 26th when we make pumpkins out of clay. Art instructor Alcira @alley.cat_art will be leading the...
10/02/2019

Join the fun on October 26th when we make pumpkins out of clay. Art instructor Alcira @alley.cat_art will be leading the class. You can even carve it like a true pumpkin before it gets glazed.

Consulado de México en San Bernardino, California
10/01/2019

Consulado de México en San Bernardino, California

Queremos agradecer a todas y cada una de las personas que nos acompañaron la tarde del jueves pasado en The Garcia Center for the Arts para la proyección de la película mexicana "La otra Virginidad" del director mexicano Juan Manuel Torres.

¡Los esperamos en la función de octubre para la proyección de "Maten al León" de José Estrada, en breve les informaremos los detalles!

#consuladodeméxicoensanbernardino #sresanbernardino #serviciosconsulares #protecciónconsular #asuntoscomunitarios #redconsular #sre #ime #inlandempire #sanbernardino #riverside #california #recursos #información #protecciónconsular #ciam #desarrolloeconómico #asuntospolíticos #relacionespúblicas #educaciónfinanciera #eventosculturales #consuladosobreruedas #protecciónamigrantes #plazascomunitarias #mexitel #eventocomunitario #cinemexicano #MatenAlLeón #JoséEstrada #garciacenterforthearts @ The Garcia Center for the Arts

This exhibit opened last month as part of Latino Heritage Month. The show is still on display through Oct 18.Exhibit of ...
09/27/2019

This exhibit opened last month as part of Latino Heritage Month. The show is still on display through Oct 18.

Exhibit of posters of Mexican movies, from the Mexican Film Institute. The exhibit is open during the hours that the Center is open. Call to inquire about times or visit our website http://www.sbvca.org/hours/

Fall is upon us, and the petunias in the picture may change to chrysanthemums!
09/27/2019

Fall is upon us, and the petunias in the picture may change to chrysanthemums!

Come join us at the Garcia Cenyer for an awesome painting class with instructor @paintingwithjesse Step by step instruct...
09/25/2019

Come join us at the Garcia Cenyer for an awesome painting class with instructor @paintingwithjesse

Step by step instruction and all supplies are provided!

Only $23

Classes are EVERY FOURTH FRIDAY.

Inland Empire Community Newspapers
09/21/2019

Inland Empire Community Newspapers

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate the 50th anniversary of El Chicano yesterday at The Garcia Center for the Arts; we sincerely appreciate the overwhelming support from the community in which we are committed to serve.

Join us this THURSDAY, as we continue our ceramics classes for the month of September. It's a great artistic skill to le...
09/04/2019

Join us this THURSDAY, as we continue our ceramics classes for the month of September. It's a great artistic skill to learn. Come and create with us. @ The Garcia Center for the Arts

On Saturday, August 24th, the very first San Bernardino Cosmic Comic Fest was held.  A great time was had by all who att...
08/29/2019

On Saturday, August 24th, the very first San Bernardino Cosmic Comic Fest was held. A great time was had by all who attended and viewed the collection of comic books which belong to the Center, purchased duplicate books and items by the several vendors, and listened to former Mayor Judith Valles, Artist Cindy Rinne and Board President Jorge Heredia each tell a story from one of the books and read conversation from that story. There were people in costume, and several families who attended. It was a great inauguration for an event that we hope to continue.

Photo: Former Mayor Judith Valles and Super-Villain Carnage

This is the glass mobile on the south wall of the Center which was designed and installed about two years ago by a stude...
08/29/2019

This is the glass mobile on the south wall of the Center which was designed and installed about two years ago by a student in a class at CSUSB. The colors are often reflected on the wall, and a slight breeze creates the mobile effect.

This Saturday 8/31 will be our last print-making class before taking a break.  We thank Ceara Torres for giving of her t...
08/29/2019

This Saturday 8/31 will be our last print-making class before taking a break. We thank Ceara Torres for giving of her time and skills to teach this class for the past few months. Keep posted for further information.

Join us and the Mexican Consulate, for a screening of the film, Longitud de Guerra. The film tells the story of the Tomo...
08/29/2019

Join us and the Mexican Consulate, for a screening of the film, Longitud de Guerra. The film tells the story of the Tomochic people and how they fought the government of Porfirio Diaz, preluding to the Mexican Revolution 20 years later.

Consulado de México en San Bernardino, California
08/21/2019

Consulado de México en San Bernardino, California

Porque el Cine Mexicano tiene mucho que ofrecer, todos están cordialmente invitados a la proyección de la película mexicana "LONGITUD DE GUERRA" el cineasta mexicano Gonzalo Martínez Ortega realizada en 1975.

Esta película forma parte de la Colección Cine Mexicano IMCINE / Cineteca Nacional y con ella damos inicio al ciclo de cine que llevaremos a cabo en conjunto con García Center for the Arts de la ciudad de San Bernardino, el último jueves de cada mes.

La función es totalmente gratuita y está dirigida al público adulto mayor de 18 años.

¡Acompáñanos y disfruta de nuestro cine!

RSVP y comparte el evento: https://www.facebook.com/events/2966378856736542/

#consuladodeméxicoensanbernardino #sresanbernardino #serviciosconsulares #protecciónconsular #asuntoscomunitarios #redconsular #sre #ime #inlandempire #sanbernardino #riverside #california #recursos #información #protecciónconsular #ciam #desarrolloeconómico #asuntospolíticos #relacionespúblicas #fortalezaeconómica #educaciónfinanciera #eventosculturales #consuladosobreruedas #protecciónamigrantes #plazascomunitarias #mexitel #eventocomunitario #cinemexicano #longituddeguerra #gonzalomartínezortega #garciacenterforthearts

08/16/2019

Our Comic Fest on 8/24 is now open until 4:00pm.

August 24th. We want to invite you to come meet some great comic book creators of the I.E. and see our the center's burg...
08/02/2019

August 24th. We want to invite you to come meet some great comic book creators of the I.E. and see our the center's burgeoning comic book collection
+ every person that cosplays as their favorite character gets their choice of a free comic book

We just launched our newsletter on Constant Contact!! If you want to be informed of what is happening at the Garcia Cent...
08/01/2019

We just launched our newsletter on Constant Contact!! If you want to be informed of what is happening at the Garcia Center (lots of great things) each month, please sign up.

📆 ✏️ 📩 At the top of our website, you can find the Newsletter Sign Up: http://www.sbvca.org/get-involved/contact-us/

Jeff James & Aubrie Patin, two artists known as @noframeofreference are showing their work at the gallery till 5pm today...
07/27/2019

Jeff James & Aubrie Patin, two artists known as @noframeofreference are showing their work at the gallery till 5pm today. Drop by if you can and experience their work in person. @ The Garcia Center for the Arts

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536 W. 11th Street
San Bernardino, CA
92410

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00
Thursday 09:00 - 12:00
Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

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