Palm Springs Cultural Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this month by placing its colorful logo on the legendary Camelot Theatres and expanding the venue’s programming beyond its niche film festivals and screenings and farmer’s markets. Executive Director Michael Green discusses the cultural center’s future Feb. 7, when it hosts CDAC’s free monthly arts salon from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. CLICK TO RSVP
The salon marks one of many collaborative programs the nonprofit center hosts with arts organizations throughout the Coachella Valley. “This is the community’s venue,” Green says. “We want arts and culture organizations to offer their programs here. CDAC’s Arts Salon on February 7 gives us a forum to re-introduce ourselves to the creative community, open a dialog about collaboration, and deliver great programming for residents and visitors.”
The cultural center, which retains the Camelot name on the theaters inside the cultural center, has a mission to “incubate, produce, and encourage arts and cultural programs to leverage the power of creativity to open minds, bridge what divides us, and discover what connects us.” To that end, it focuses on film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals, and other programs that align with the mission.
The Arts Salon features a short presentation by Green followed by a networking mixer for professionals working in arts and culture throughout the Coachella Valley.
Green will report on the anniversary celebration slated for Jan. 20, when the center hosts the Certified Farmers’ Market at 8 a.m., a Desert Film Society screening at 10 a.m., the building dedication at noon, and two screenings of Freedom to Marry hosted by the Richard Norris Weissman Trust.
“Our founders, Ric and Rozene Supple, generously donated the theater to the cultural center, and we want to honor them and celebrate the gift with the community,” Green says. “Everyone is welcome, and there are lots of activities and a couple of exciting surprises.”
Upcoming programs at the center include Out for Laughs (Feb. 1), featuring LGBT stand-up comedians; Deepak Chopra (Feb. 3), the second of the Palm Springs Speaks events (at the Richards Center for the Arts); American Documentary Film Festival (April 6-12); and Palm Springs Cannabis Film Festival & Summit (April 17-21).
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly Camelot Theatres) is located at 2300 E. Baristo Road in Palm Springs.