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The Banning Cultural Alliance
in the Arts
The Banning Cultural Alliance (The Alliance)
was founded in 2005 by a group of visionaries to fill a cultural
void for residents of Banning and the San Gorgonio Pass Area.
After this group of people successfully raised money to support
a summer concert series it was clear that there was support
and interest in having local cultural entertainment. It was
quickly recognized that downtown Banning would be the ideal
location to create an Arts District. Efforts were immediately
begun to attempt to accomplish this. With the support of a
planning grant by the City Manager of Banning, The Alliance
began its efforts to revitalize downtown Banning through the
introduction of arts and arts events.
The organization was destined for success
when the Banning Woman’s Club began a process to deed
it historic building to The Alliance the same year. A year
later the Alliance had a headquarters building in the heart
of downtown Banning.
Each year, since its inception the Banning
Cultural Alliance has expanded its cultural activities. Since
growing the Banning Center for the Arts Gallery which now
offers world class art exhibits, the Alliance has moved forward
each year to bring to the Pass Area
- An annual Art Hop which is now its signature
- An annual Phineas Festival of Lights
to usher in the holiday season & support local business
- A community theater, Pass Area Performing
Arts (PAPA) presenting high quality live theater to residents
of the Pass Area
- Many banners and murals decorate downtown
through the Mural Council which became a part of The Alliance
- Arts programs for patients at San Gorgonio
- Special programs at our headquarters,
The Woman’s Club, to bring unique entertainment and
activities to the community.
Limits on what The Alliance will achieve
in the future will be bound only by the limitations of our
imagination. The Alliance will continue introduce innovative
arts activities and advocate for a community where art thrives.