Victoria Gardens Cultural Center / Lewis Family Playhouse
The Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation has been a large contributor toward the support of arts programs and performances at the Lewis Family Playhouse located at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. The Foundation, in collaboration with the City of Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation, raised nearly 6 million dollars as part of the PAL (Promoting Arts & Literacy) Campaign that ran from 2003 until 2011, which spanned a seven-year effort with great ongoing support, well after the opening of the Cultural Center. Many, many local and regional businesses as well as families and individuals contributed to that community-wide effort and their names are proudly displayed on the Donor Wall in the main lobby at the Cultural Center, as well as on our website which you can see here. Clearly, the desire and appreciation for a performing arts venue in our community was evident and well supported.
The Foundation has been a strong advocate and avid supporter of MainStreet Theatre Company, Broadway at the Gardens, and Rancho Cucamonga Community Theatre programs that provide high quality theatre productions for our community to enjoy and participate in. The Foundation has been the primary sponsor of the annual World Music Concert Series, presenting free concerts that present musical groups from diverse cultures. The Foundation is committed to continue support for Playhouse programs that provide such rich, diverse, and affordable arts and entertainment for all ages in our community.
Sadly, in March 2020, as with all live theatre across the country, all programs and productions at the City’s Lewis Family Playhouse were immediately halted due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Programs will remain suspended until local regulations and guidelines for safe reopening are in place. Our Foundation members, like all theatre lovers, are heartbroken over the shutdown of theatres and performance venues around the world, but we have great faith in their eventual return, and we look forward to supporting the Lewis Family Playhouse’s safe and enthusiastic reopening in the future.
For more information about the Lewis Family Playhouse in the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, visit www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com
Associated Artists of the Inland Empire
Associated Artists of the Inland Empire (AAIE) was established in 1964 and held the first Membership art show in the spring of that year. In the years since its beginning, the purpose of AAIE has been to promote the creative talent of its members, to provide an exchange of ideas between area artists, and to generate public interest in fine arts.
For more information about AAIE, visit www.associatedartistsinlandempire.org
California Jazz Arts Society
The California Jazz Arts Society (CalJAS) is a Public Benefit Corporation organized under the Nonprofit 501(c)(3). Its mission is to preserve and promote jazz and other American art forms through public concerts, workshops and presentations. CalJAS produces local concerts, jazz in local clubs and restaurants, provides jazz workshops for students, and is currently organizing CalJAS Singers, a new performing group in Rancho Cucamonga.
For more information visit: www.caljas.org
Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts
The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation, established in 1994, is committed to creating a pre-eminent center that preserves the Maloof’s legacy and fosters the arts and crafts movement. In 1990, the Maloof residence and woodshop were deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Today the relocated residence is open as a living museum in Rancho Cucamonga. Maloof’s work was the subject of a prestigious retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in 2001 and is part of their permanent collection. The work of the Foundation recognizes the ever-increasing role of the crafts in our world of machine-made products – the reconnecting of human values with natural forms and materials.
For more information visit: www.malooffoundation.org
Valverde School of Performing Arts
Valverde School of Performing Arts (VSPA), located in Rancho Cucamonga, is owned and operated by the Valverde Family. VSPA was established in 2005 with the goal of creating a place where students and their families can learn about the performing arts. The Valverde School of Performing Arts is dedicated to educating all students, regardless of age or economic background, and the Inland Empire community as a whole about the performing arts through active participation and observation. VSPA’s goal is to provide a positive learning environment that fosters improved self confidence and self-esteem through artistic expression in the performing arts.
For more information visit: https://vspa.net
The Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art at Chaffey College
The Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art is a teaching museum and interdisciplinary art space that fosters direct engagement with works of art through exhibitions, education and community programming. The Wignall museum introduces Chaffey College students, faculty, staff and community members to innovative contemporary art objects and ideas. By fostering critical thinking, visual literacy, discourse, and empathy, the museum seeks to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of our community. While the Wignall museum remains closed in 2021, we remain committed to engaging, inspiring, and educating our community through experiences with contemporary art and culture.
For more information visit: www.chaffey.edu/wignall