California Desert Arts Council has announced its schedule of free monthly arts salons for fall and winter. Artists, arts administrators, and marketers can network, learn, and collaborate at the salons, which are designed to unify, empower, and promote the region’s arts and culture community.

“This is a great opportunity for visual and performing artists, arts and tourism leaders, public officials, and the community at large to network and collaborate,” says Christi Salamone, president and CEO of the nonprofit organization. “Each month a different arts and culture venue in the Coachella Valley hosts the salon, and the topics have ranged from strategizing for summer programming to finding and pursuing arts grants.”

Here is the schedule of upcoming CDAC Arts Salons:

Ron Celona takes you behind the scenes at CV Rep on Nov. 28.

Tuesday, November 28
5:30 to 7 p.m.
CV Rep at The Atrium, 69930 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage
Ron Celona, artistic director of Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre (CV Rep) in Rancho Mirage, discusses audience, programming, youth outreach, and the company’s plan to take over the former IMAX movie theater in downtown Cathedral City.

Thursday, December 7
4:30 to 5:15 p.m. walking tour
5:30 to 7 p.m. mixer
Armando Lerma Studio, 85591 Grapefruit Blvd., Coachella
A great example of the creative placemaking strategies discussed at CDAC’s Oct. 12 workshop, Big Strategies and Real Tactics for Connecting Artists, Audience, and Place, is the Coachella Walls mural project. This event begins with a walking tour of the murals and returns to the studio of Armando Lerma, who earlier this year painted a mural in collaboration with Desert X. Gather for some holiday cheer and network to innovate your community’s next creative placemaking project.

Monday, January 15, 2018
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Art Is, Inc. at Westfield Palm Desert (Upper Level, near Macy’s. Across from T-Mobile), 72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert
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Fine-tune and practice your elevator pitch with fellow Coachella Valley artists and arts administrators. Your brief pitch asserts who you are and what you do with the objective of inspiring others to engage with your work. Our host, Angela Valente-Romeo of Art Is, Inc., pitches first. Then you’ll have time to use the tips we provide to sharpen your message before networking and practicing your pitch with peers. It’s great fun, and an important exercise. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs
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Michael Green of the Palm Springs Cultural Center discusses the organization’s mission, programs, relationship to Camelot Theatres, and opportunities for artists and arts organizations to collaborate.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
5:30 to 7 p.m.
La Quinta Museum, 77885 Avenida Montezuma, La Quinta
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Pop ups, presentations, concerts, and thematic clubs: “There’s something for everyone at La Quinta Museum.” Experience the joys and sorrows of unrequited love in the Heartbreak in Peanuts exhibition, and hear from museum Manager Robin Stewart on cultivating community engagement through diverse activities. Share ideas, learn best practices, and discover how you can engage the community.

TOP PHOTO: Armando Lerma at his Coachella studio. Photo by Scott Baxter/Courtesy Greater Palm Springs CVB