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 – April 2021

Desert X unveiled The Art of Taming Horses, an installation by New York-based artist Christopher Myers, on Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs. Photograph courtesy Desert X.    ART New Desert X poses a ‘monumental’ question (Palm Springs Life)Artist Christopher Myers’ six sculptures, an installation titled The Art of Taming Horses on Tahquitz Canyon Way, tell…

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This Month in the Arts – April 2021

Modernism Week runs April 8–18 with a variety of home tours, including this new design by Ray and Finn Kappe in the Desert Palisades neighborhood in Palm Springs. Photo courtesy Lance Gerber/Palm Springs Life   The Coachella Valley has entered the Red Tier, meaning museums can reopen and outdoor shows will go on, albeit with…

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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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Coachella Valley Arts News – January 2021

Artist Pia Camil’s Lover’s Rainbow for Desert X 2019. The 2021 event has been postponed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   GRANTS AND FINANCIAL RELIEF Gov. Newsom proposes $25 million for arts in California (Californians for the Arts)The funds support a grant program for museums and theaters and $15 million to the California Arts…

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