Arrowhead Arts Association, a non-profit organization,
was formed in 1985 by a group of San Bernardino Mountain residents and
businesses dedicated to providing a rich cultural life for the area.
The goal of the Arrowhead Arts Association from its inception was to
provide classical music and fine arts for the mountain communities by
sponsoring special events that involved instruction, public performance
and exhibition of visual and performing arts. The artistic studies and
endeavors of area students have been supplemented and their talents
supported by scholarships from the Arrowhead Arts Association. We remember
with appreciation our founding members: Tom Akin, Elizabeth Hale, William
and Cynthia Thomson-Altmeyer. Their great leadership and foresight
are responsible for creating the Association.
Since 1985, the Arrowhead Arts Association has presented the Annual
Fall Classical Music Festival, bringing a variety of classical music
to the mountains. The Festival now includes a standing-room-only Sunday
matinee performance by a symphony orchestra, as well as the Classics
by the Lake, an intimate evening of fine music which is hosted in a
beautiful setting of one of the mountain's lakefront homes. The First
Annual Music Festival, a Bach Festival, was held in October of 1985.
A weekend event presented by the Inland Empire Symphony under the direction
of Don Thayer Jeager, it featured the symphony as well as other ensembles.
Drew Struzen, renowned artist and Disney illustrator, created and donated
a commemorative poster to mark this first event.
In addition to classical music, Arrowhead Arts Association supports
and promotes various other musical events, among them the overwhelmingly
successful production now known as the Annual Arrowhead Arts Music Festival.
Ms. Patti Doyle of the Arrowhead Arts Association, Dr. Hugh Bialecki
of the Blue Jay Business Association, and Mr. Simon Barley of the American
Jazz Symposium were instrumental in its creation. This fine festival
first showcased in the summer of 1991, offering four Thursday night
concerts supported by donations, grant funding and merchant sponsorship.
Because of the enthusiastic response of the community, the Arrowhead Arts Music Festival
has been expanded from four to five performances.
The Arrowhead Arts Association has continued to increase the number and styles of performances offered to the mountain communities. Our offerings have included symphony orchestra concerts, piano recitals, chamber music concerts, choral performances, pop and jazz concerts, and youth enrichment programs. Since 1998, the Youth Concert has featured the world class Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra.
The Arrowhead Arts Association Auxiliary, the brainchild of 1999 President
Leona Kendrick, was established in 1993 as a major support group for
the Association. Auxiliary volunteers are an integral part of all of
our musical events. They administer an on-going youth enrichment program,
raise funds through their participation as Mountain Thrift Shop volunteers,
and serve as community service volunteers in cooperative support of
the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce "Home Tour". The Association
acknowledges with appreciation their important contributions in helping
us achieve our goals.
The Association assisted in the formation of the Arrowhead Artists Guild
and a theater group, The Lake Arrowhead Performing Arts Company. Both
groups went on to become independent associations. The Arrowhead Arts
Association was also instrumental in the establishment of the Rim of
the World Arts Council which was the "umbrella" organization
for all the artistic endeavors in the mountain community for several
It is through the generosity of our community, as well as of our major
benefactors, that we have been able to provide so many musical opportunities
for a wide segment of our mountain population and to fulfill our mission
of promoting music in the mountains.