Big Bear Lake is host to three art galleries, a local arts council, a community arts theatre society, and a state-of-the-art performing arts theatre. The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley promotes art and music through service programs such as the “Magic of Music” and events, including Art on the Lake and the Big Bear Lake Film Festival.
The Community Arts Theatre Society (C.A.T.S) was established in 1994 as a non-profit theatrical organization designed for community participation in bringing inspirational theater to Big Bear. From stage production and costume design to the performance itself, community members have an opportunity to be a part of the theater magic.
The Big Bear Performing Arts Center (Map: PAC) is a 398-seat, state-of-the-art theater, where the stage is set to promote and encourage a wide variety of arts, cultural performances, community events and programs designed to take advantage of the full range and flexibility of the center. It also develops community outreach and provides opportunities for individual performers and community theater presentations.
An appreciation for literature also abounds with the local Trio of Talent, a large group of artists, authors and actors that meet once a week at a village bookstore to discuss each other’s work. The local bookstore also features book signings. The Big Bear Library serves as a great community resource and is connected to the San Bernardino County Library networking system. This gives the community access to all materials available countywide. T
he Library provides services to children, adults, and seniors and is committed to being a resource upon which the public, business, industry, and government can rely for accurate and timely information, recreational needs, and cultural enrichment. Through the Library’s Literacy, Information, Technology and Education center (LITE), programs and resources are offered that assist today’s young children, parents and caregivers in developing skills to meet tomorrow’s challenges. The workshops, hands-on projects, and all-around fun, offered to children up to five and their parent or guardian, expose them to educational opportunities and growing experiences that benefit both child and adult. The program also provides free, confidential adult basic literacy assistance, free children’s books for qualified families, English improvement and GED instruction.