This Month in the Arts – September 2021

Judith Chapman stars in The Guys, a production commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11, at Palm Canyon Theatre. Photo/Palm Springs Life, Getty Images   For the foreseeable future, your vaccination card might become your ticket to entry at arts venues across the Coachella Valley and beyond. But the shows are going on, and culture leaders…

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This Month in the Arts – July 2021

Adam Lerner starts his new job as CEO and executive director of Palm Springs Art Museum on July 15. Photograph courtesy of The Hip Photo.   Palm Springs Art Museum has a new director, audiences have returned to CVRep and Palm Canyon Theatre as well as the Palm Springs International ShortFest, the city of Indio has…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – June 2021

The Forever Marilyn statue (shown in its first location in downtown Palm Springs) is being reinstalled near Palm Springs Art Museum. File photo/Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism   ISSUES ‘Forever Marilyn’ installation underway in Palm Springs (The Desert Sun)Installation work on the controversial statue continues until June 17 with a public unveiling ceremony scheduled for…

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This Month in the Arts – June 2021

Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey’s installation, The Wishing Well, remains on view at the James O. Jessie Desert Highlands Unity Center in Palm Springs.   The arts in the Coachella Valley are showing some healthy signs of life — Desert X, for example, saw record visitation to its site-specific art installations, and the Palm Springs…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – May 2021

Jamie Grant (left), the new CEO of McCallum Theatre, discusses the venue’s reopening and upcoming season with Palm Springs Life editor Steven Biller.   ADVOCACY How local arts leaders support each other during the pandemic (The Desert Sun)Representatives from Modernism Week, Desert X, Sunnylands, Palm Springs Art Museum, and other art and cultural organizations have been…

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This Month in the Arts – May 2021

Helen Lundeberg’s Still Life with Pears (1985) is among the artist’s paintings in her focus exhibition continuing through this summer at Palm Springs Art Museum. Photograph courtesy of Palm Springs Art Museum.   As more Coachella Valley residents become vaccinated against COVID-19, the area’s arts and culture organizations and venues are coming back to life. On…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – March 2021

Never Forget, an installation by Nicholas Galanin, a Native American artist from Sitka, Alaska, is one a dozen works in Desert X, an exhibition of site-specific art that continues through May 16 throughout the Coachella Valley. Photograph by Steven Biller.   GRANTS AND RESOURCES Study: California lost 175,000 ‘creative economy’ jobs (Los Angeles Times) Arts…

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This Month in the Arts – March 2021

Judy Chicago will present a “smoke sculpture” for Desert X in April. © JUDY CHICAGO/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK; PHOTO © DONALD WOODMAN/ARS, NEW YORK   Stimulus for the arts, a smoke sculpture for Desert X, and a promise of an “epic” return of live performances from the developer of a new arena in Palm…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – February 2021

Sunnylands reopens Feb. 17, offering several outdoor tours of the historic estate and gardens. Photo courtesy The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands   IN THE NEWS Desert X to open March 12 (The Desert Sun)The Coachella Valley’s biennial exhibition of site-specific art will run from March 12 to May 16. Organizers will announce the participating artists on Feb.…

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Deadlines Loom for COVID-19 Financial Relief Grants for Artists, Organizations

The city of Palm Desert invites artist proposals for its new San Pablo Avenue roundabout. Photo courtesy of the City of Palm Desert.   Welcome to another COVID-19-themed dispatch from your California Desert Arts Council. In better times, this newsletter highlights the bounty of upcoming Coachella Valley arts and culture offerings. This month’s edition, however,…

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