Balboa Park is known as the Smithsonian of the West. It houses a rich history of the arts and offers cultural offerings that includes 17 museums and performing arts venues. It’s a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego with so much to offer. The park’s site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use and was named after the Spanish maritime explorer, Vasco Núñez de Balboa. The Panama-California International Exposition, held in Balboa Park during 1915–1916 celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, promoted San Diego as a seaport, and also showcased San Diego as a growing cultural center. Today, Balboa Park and the surrounding areas in San Diego and the Imperial County offers amazing opportunities to engage in and celebrate the arts. You can check out some of them below. Read more
Riverside was built on land that was once a Spanish rancho. Investors from England and Canada transplanted traditions and activities adopted by prosperous citizens such as Southern California’s first golf course and polo field. The mix of culture from the Native, Mexican, Spanish, English, and Canadian people have contributed to art in Riverside. Today, the art scene in riverside is heavily influenced by the Chicano experience. Read more
Featured art was painted by San Bernardino artist Ivan Preciado during the 2017 Alliance for Community Transformation.
San Bernardino is more than the home of The 66ers, the first McDonald’s, the first Taco Bell, and part of the historic Route 66. It’s beautiful mountains; the national forest, great food, and rich culture play a big part in making San Bernardino pretty cool too. Another part of what makes the county, which has grown to become one of the largest counties/cities in the US, great is its art.
San Bernardino’s earliest known inhabitants were Serrano Indians (Spanish for “people of the mountains”) who spent their winters in the valley, and their summers in the cooler mountains. These native residents, the Spanish settlers, and Mexican citizens all still hold a heavy influence on the art and culture in the region. When you think of art in San Bernardino, you think of these people, it’s current resident, and the beauty that surrounds them.
Check out this list of amazing galleries for your next visit to San Bernardino. Read more
Orange County, California is far more than its great beaches, surfing, and Disneyland. The Southern Californian region which also part of the inspiration for new wave of reality shows also has a pretty cool art scene. There are dozens of art galleries and museums for people of all ages and backgrounds to visit. Below are just a few of the local places filling up the summer with innovation, skill, creativity, and craftsmanship. Read more
“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”
-Vincent van Gogh
Brilliant gold and bright yellow paints softly emerge from fields of rich greens. Pictures that are hand painted bloom on top of the large silver screen. My eyes widen a bit as I stare at the emerging images, inspired by famed Dutch Post-Impressionist painter, Vincent Willem van Gogh, that has now come to life.
Bright lights flashing and bouncing around a dark room. Crowds of people singing and swaying to the sounds of what The Guardian calls “an unorthodox marriage of surf music and punk rock.” I found myself jamming out to a live performance of The Pixies at the first location on their 2017 North American tour at The Fox Theater in Pomona, CA.