Should museums have free admission? (Arts Journal)
Michael Rushton, who teaches arts administration at Indiana University and edits the Journal of Cultural Economics, attempts to answer the question.

Trump proposes elimination of NEA (California Desert Arts Council)
The Trump Administration released its 2019 budget proposal, which seeks to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. CDAC President and CEO Christi Salamone, says, “The Coachella Valley has to step up, safeguard, promote, and grow its cultural assets.”

How to get the most out of music, movies, art, dance, and theater (The Washington Post)
Washington Post critics explain how to really get something out of that trip to the gallery, even how to open your muscles to music.

In Oakland, a funder links public art to timely social issues (Inside Philanthropy)
Oakland’s Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced its 2018 Open Space winners, who reveal how public art can give voice to the socially conscious mindset permeating the larger arts landscape.



Gary Oldman entertains new neighbors in old tradition (The Desert Sun)
The actor and part-time Palm Springs resident talked to locals after a Cathedral City screening of Darkest Hour, in which he stars as Winston Churchill. His Q&A with KMIR-TV film critic Manny the Movie Guy continued a tradition of local stars appearing before desert audiences going back to the days of Lionel Barrymore at the 1936 Plaza Theatre premiere of Camille.

Self-taught moviemaker is ‘Mother Teresa’ of desert film industry (The Desert Sun)
Filmmaker Gina Carey makes movies to help others. Her fourth and latest film, a family comedy called The One Year Pact, recently screened at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, formerly Camelot Theatres.



CV Storytellers Project Heads to UCR Palm Desert in March (The Desert Sun)
“Love and heartbreak” is the theme of the live storytelling event March 19 produced by The Desert Sun and UCR Palm Desert’s graduate school for creative writing and writing for the performing arts.

Read your work aloud: Judy Blume’s advice for aspiring writers (Lit Hub)
On the occasion of the queen of kid lit’s 80th birthday, Emily Temple collected some of her best writing advice.



New band, new EP for local singer-songwriter (Coachella Valley Independent)
Lance Riebsomer’s new band, Black Water Gospel, released its first EP this month. “All these songs, I wrote when I moved back to the desert four years ago about somebody who completely broke me,” the singer-songwriter told the Coachella Valley Independent.

Steinway Society, PSUSD partner in music education (The Desert Sun)
Palm Springs Unified preschoolers sing, move, and play with musical instruments through a new partnership with the Steinway Society of Riverside County.



Take a self-guided tour the murals of Greater Palm Springs (Palm Springs Life)
From Palm Springs to Coachella, the constellation of murals by local and visiting artists read as part of the Coachella Valley region’s iconography.

How to Approach a Gallery: Advice From the Director of Von Lintel (LensCulture)
Kaycee Olsen, director of Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles, talks to LensCulture about fostering a relationship with a gallery, how to tell if your work will appeal to the gallery team, and the most important question to ask yourself when considering an offer for representation.

Warhol for all (Palm Springs Life)
Is there anyone who hasn’t heard of Andy Warhol? “Maybe not,” says Elizabeth Armstrong, executive director of Palm Springs Art Museum. “But we’re not taking any chances.” In March the museum opens a retrospective of prints by the King of Pop Art from the collection and foundation of Jordan D. Schnitzer.

Herb Alpert shows a passion that straddles art and music (Palm Springs Life)
Herb Alpert: A Visual Melody at Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert showcases the musicians visual artworks — from mixed-media abstractions to large and small bronze sculptures — which, like his music, leave an indelible imprint on the heart and mind.

4 Athletes Selected as Artists in Residence at the Olympics (The New York Times)
Four Olympic athletes are attending the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but they’re not competing for medals. Instead, they’re in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as Olympic artists in residence. “Art and culture is part of the DNA of the Olympic Movement,” says Francis Gabet, director of the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage.

Palm Springs Art Museum photo (above) by Steven Biller