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About IEMA: Building a Legacy in the IE



      The mission of the Inland Empire Museum of Art is to foster and to promote the study, appreciation and understanding of art through exhibits, education and publications in the Inland Empire area of Southern California.




IEMA's mission is to be the key agent for creating opportunities in the arts for residents throughout the Inland Empire. With strong programs and exhibits our mission is to provide an outlet for contemporary art.  IEMA's mission is also to offer art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to schools throughout the community. Art is vital to the education of the whole person. Plato believed that music and art form the “basic” curriculum – not a frill or an extracurricular activity. It is a fact that students with a foundation in music, theatre or art education score higher on standardized tests than those who have never been exposed to the arts. IEMA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization determined to meet these goals.

  Why do we Need the Inland Empire Museum of Art  

The Collection of IEMA:

    The collection represents some of the most prominent artists in the Inland Empire and beyond, from the mid 1900’s to the present. Due to the generosity of the artists and individuals and their belief in the Inland Empire Museum of Art, the collection is growing. By giving to the arts, the essence of civilization is preserved, both for today and for years to come. It is thrilling to know that a gift to the arts will be shared by people in a future that can’t be even imagined. Art is part of who we are and also helps to define who we are. The gift of artwork to a museum turns the act of collecting into a collection, bringing joy to the viewer, creating value for the museum and developing a legacy to serve the community for years to come. Presently the collection has work from over 125 artists with over 200 works of art in seven categories.
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Creative Placemaking:
“Every Mayor’s Dream”

    Today’s buzzword to describe communities’ investment in arts and culture is “creative placemaking” -- which means using the arts to develop an area where people want to live, work and congregate. Urban-planning researcher Ann Markusen defined this concept for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design in the white paper Creative Placemaking: “In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city or region around arts and cultural activities.




    Using Rancho Cucamonga as the center point, a 20 mile, radius touches four counties: San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles with a population of over 2.8 million people. San Bernardino County 2011 Indicators Report stated 88% of the people surveyed believe that cultural activities are important for their life, with 43% indicating they play a “big part” of their everyday life. The Inland Empire Museum of Art (IEMA) is a real art museum that needs a home for a collection that is valued at over $300,000 (based on the artists selling prices). It includes artists from Oregon to San Diego to New Mexico and Korea. To house the museum, IEMA is looking for a city in the southwest corner of San Bernardino County.

    501(C)(3) Determination Letter
    Administrative address:
1334 North Benson Ave, Suite D
Upland, California 91786
email: info@iearts.org | 909-297-0378

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