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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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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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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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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A new sculpture garden, curated by Melissa Morgan Fine Art, offers a free, safe, open-air art experience on El Paseo in Palm Desert. Photo courtesy Melissa Morgan Fine Art.    Happy holidays from the California Desert Arts Council. In our final news roundup of the year, we offer links to financial aid and grant resources for…

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Season’s greetings from the California Desert Arts Council (CDAC). Artists and arts organizations across all disciplines, despite their most valiant virtual efforts, find themselves in a precarious position: The pandemic has shut them down and cut off their revenue. With the current surge COVID-19 cases, even the optimists who scheduled events for early 2021 are…

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Nancy Baker Cahill’s Revolutions, an augmented reality artwork created for Desert X 2019. The exhibition returns February–April 2021 with a new lineup of artist installations and public programs. Photograph: Lance Gerber /Courtesy Desert X   Hello from the California Desert Arts Council. The headlines have been big and bold over the past month. Let’s get right…

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Artist Jeffrey Gibson premieres a new performance work, TO FEEL MYSELF BELOVED ON THE EARTH, for Palm Springs Art Museum’s Art Party 2020, scheduled for Dec. 4. Photography by Brian Barlow/courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson and Kavi Gupta, Chicago, and Palm Springs Art Museum   Greetings from the California Desert Arts Council. As you receive this month’s…

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Sotheby’s expects Helen Frankenthaler’s Carousel (1979), a staple of the Palm Springs Art Museum collection since 1994, will bring between $2.5 million and $3.5 million at auction October 28. Palm Springs Art Museum/Gift of Steve Chase   ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Modernism Week Fall Online Experience goes live Oct. 15 (Modernism Week)Seven online programs — including pre-recorded tours,…

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