Garcia Center for the Arts

Garcia’s dream fulfilled as new Center for the Arts opens in San Bernardino

By Anthony Victoria . November 20, 2015 . Inland Empire Community News

Back in 2008, the old Spanish hacienda-style San Bernardino Water Department building, located at the corner of E Street and 11th Street in San Bernardino, was nothing more than a dilapidated structure that had been stripped of its copper, some of its infrastructure, and occupied by squatters.

Today the building sits as the new San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts—equipped with new renovations and resources that will allow for workshops and studios, rooms for dance, film and literary arts, a stage and exhibition art galleries. An opening reception was held on November 14 to commemorate what many are saying is the “cultural awakening” of the city.

Guests–mainly artists, dignitaries, and residents–were greeted with a live musical performance by the Corona de Angeles Youth Mariachi Band, an art show, food, and tours of the place. Garcia and his wife Dorothy, along with the San Bernardino Concert Association, envisioned a community center–one that would provide residents with a location to fulfill their creative passion.  

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