Arts News Digest – December 2017

Recommended reading for art and culture professionals in the Coachella Valley and beyond.

 

ARTS MANAGEMENT

How the Arts Power Communities (Americans for the Arts)
The arts keep residents and their discretionary dollars close to home and also attract visitors who spend money and help local businesses thrive. Read the key findings of Arts & Prosperity 5, the largest study of its kind.

 

VISUAL ART

CREATE Center Aims for Community Enrichment in Palm Desert (The Desert Sun)
Create Center for the Arts is a place where anyone, any age, can come and experience various art mediums through classes, programs and workshops. It is also a place for community exhibitions – even fashion shows.

In Indio, Digital Art Transforms a Historic Water Tower (City of Indio)
The city and its Public Arts and Historic Preservation Commission unveiled the public artwork at the Coachella Valley History Museum.

Desert X Will Return in 2019 (The Desert Sun)
More than 200,000 came from across the world to check out the varied installations at the inaugural Desert X this past spring. (Shown above: Hollow Earth by Glenn Kaino. Photo by Steven Biller)

 

THEATER

CV Rep Artistic Director Ron Celona: Time is Right for State-of-the-Art Playhouse (Palm Springs Life)
The theater company’s impending purchase of the former IMAX movie theater in Cathedral City will expand its seating capacity from 86 at The Atrium in Rancho Mirage to 220 at the new Carol Channing Playhouse, anchoring the downtown entertainment district.

 

FILM

Holiday Hit Film Set In Palm Springs (The Desert Sun)
Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones star in Just Getting Started, a film set at a lively retirement community in Palm Springs (but filmed in New Mexico).

Variety to Honor Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig at PSIFF (The Desert Sun)
Snubbed by the Golden Globes, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig to be honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival. Read the story

 

MUSIC

Goldenvoice Exec Skip Paige Announces Retirement (The Desert Sun)
Skip Paige, 51, who helped develop the Coachella, Stagecoach, and Desert Trip music festivals into the biggest events of their kind over the past two decades, retired suddenly from show producer Goldenvoice.

 

ISSUES & IDEAS

Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year: Purple (The New York Times)
The “color authority” sent approximately 10 people to blanket the globe searching for color signals in food, cars, cosmetics, clothes, and housewares. They reconvened, pooled their findings, did their analysis, and declared the color of 2018 to be … Ultra Violet.

Where Do Most Artists Live? L.A. Leads Among Art Hubs (CityLab)
Los Angeles tops the list on our combined measure of employed and self-employed artists. Los Angeles not only has a larger concentration of artists than New York City based on its LQ, it has a larger number of absolute artists, even though New York City has a much larger general population.

How Art Can Solve the Airport’s Identity Crisis (Wired)
Art has a role in making the experience of transiting through an airport more tolerable, says Nik Hafermaas, a designer with the firm Ueberall and media professor at ArtCenter who has designed art installations at airports around the world.