Yes, There’s Financial Relief for Artists and Arts Organizations

By California Desert Arts Council | Mar 24, 2020

You might have plenty of ideas to stay visible to your audience while ordered to stay at home (here are some we like), but you still face a grim reality: There’s little to no revenue. In a national survey by Americans for the Arts, 91 percent of responding arts organizations indicated that they have cancelled…

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The Shows Must Go On(line): Coachella Valley Artists, Performers Shelter in Place

By California Desert Arts Council | Mar 23, 2020

Just in time for the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, Desert X released an eight-part podcast series about its site-specific exhibition in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia, which features this work by Lita Albuquerque. Photograph courtesy Desert X/Lance Gerber   A day after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued California’s shelter-at-home order, local musicians took to the internet to perform…

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Why Support the Arts in a Time of Crisis?

By California Desert Arts Council | Mar 17, 2020

Devastating. Unprecedented. Dire. This is how local arts leaders describe the current state of affairs as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) shutters museums, galleries, theaters, and performance venues across the Coachella Valley. They’ve canceled events, refunded patrons, sent home talent and back-of-the-house staff, and begun strategizing for their survival. The hurt, including lost economic impact, has…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – March 2020

By California Desert Arts Council | Mar 13, 2020

Glass artist Lino Tagliapietra, featured this month at the Palm Springs Art Museum, is revered for his graceful forms, exquisite colors, and masterful technique. Photograph courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum   ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Aluminaire draws closer to a Palm Springs home (Palm Springs Life) A decision is expected soon on a location for the modernist…

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Arts + Culture Itinerary – March 2020

By California Desert Arts Council | Feb 23, 2020

Diversity prevails in a March Madness blitz of performances, exhibitions, and screenings across the Coachella Valley. The Native Film Fest and a museum exhibition of works by Cahuilla artist Gerald Clarke lead a month loaded with architecture tours, documentary film screenings, contemporary art shows, live music and theater, and the desert’s own fashion week. We…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – February 2020

By California Desert Arts Council | Feb 11, 2020

Los Angeles-based artist Gisela Colon created The Future is Now for the controversial Desert X AlUla exhibition, which continues through March 7. Desert X has announced dates and a new co-curator for its 2021 exhibition in the Coachella Valley. Photo courtesy Desert X.   ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Cree House opens for Modernism Week tours (Palm…

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Arts + Culture Itinerary – February 2020

By California Desert Arts Council | Jan 23, 2020

Two locally based artists, Jim Isermann (above) and Gerald Clarke, have solo exhibitions at Palm Springs Art Museum; Modernism Week presents 11 days of tours, lectures, and parties; art fairs and festivals unfold in cities across the Coachella Valley; and musical and theatrical performances fill area stages. Throw in film screenings and literary events, and…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – January 2020

By California Desert Arts Council | Jan 9, 2020

Cahuilla artist Gerald Clarke includes “branded books” in his debut exhibition, Gerald Clarke: Falling Rock, opening January 18 at Palm Springs Art Museum. Photograph courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum.   ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Modern masterpiece will go to auction (The Desert Sun) A replica of the 1952 Paul Rudolph–designed Walker Guest House that has been on…

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Arts & Culture Itinerary – January 2020

By California Desert Arts Council | Dec 22, 2019

Learn about midcentury modern buildings and their architects on a walking tour along the main thoroughfare in Palm Springs, every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Photo courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society/Palm Springs Life   Start the New Year with a festival. January serves them up big: the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Rancho Mirage Writers Festival,…

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