Arts News Digest – April 12, 2018

By Steven Biller | Apr 12, 2018

Photo: Coachella-based artist Chris Sanchez, aka Kas Infinite, is among five artists who created site-specific artworks for the on-the-land exhibition Available to All, continuing this month in Joshua Tree.   IDEAS & ISSUES McCallum now selling shows, not subscriptions (The Desert Sun) In a nod to the desert’s changing demographics, the McCallum Theatre is eliminating…

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Itineraries for Culture Lovers: April 2018

By Steven Biller | Mar 23, 2018

It’s music festival time in the California desert, but it’s also a great month for live theater, art exhibitions, and more. Here are some of the great arts and culture events in April recommended by the staff of the California Desert Arts Council: Above: John Divola’s photograph N34°09.951’W115°49.269’, from his Isolated Houses series, is one…

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CDAC Endorses ‘Arts For Every Student Incentive Act’

By Steven Biller | Mar 23, 2018

California Desert Arts Council has sent a letter in support of a state bill (SB 933) that would provide school districts with a “jump start” in arts education funding, enabling schools to fulfill the California Education Code requiring that every student receive arts education. In the letter to state Sen. Ben Allen, the bill’s author,…

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Warhol in the Park Reaching Young People Across the Coachella Valley

By Steven Biller | Mar 19, 2018

Families with children are invited to learn about Andy Warhol and create their own painting based on several of the pop artist’s most iconic images — Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s Soup cans, flowers, and endangered species — Saturday, March 31, as Warhol in the Park comes to downtown Palm Springs. The free community education event —…

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Arts News Digest – March 14, 2018

By Steven Biller | Mar 14, 2018

Photo by David A Lee/Courtesy Modernism Week ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Attendance up 30% at Modernism Week; revenue tops $47 million (The Desert Sun) Modernism Week attendance soared 30 percent this year, attracting almost 126,000 people and generating about $47.25 million in revenue throughout much of the Coachella Valley. LA Times Architecture Critic Leaving For City…

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On National Arts Advocacy Day, Action Turns Local

By Steven Biller | Mar 13, 2018

Today is Arts Advocacy Day, when a cross-section of the nation’s arts and culture organizations converges on Washington, D.C., for a day of training, followed by a day of action, meeting with their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. Advocacy is integral to California Desert Arts Council‘s strategy to unify, empower, and promote arts and culture…

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Itineraries for Culture Lovers: March 2018

By Steven Biller | Feb 15, 2018

Pop art, edgy theater, and a variety of music and heritage festivals make March an exciting month for culture lovers visiting and living in the California desert. Load up your calendar with some of these events recommended by the staff of the California Desert Arts Council: Above: Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), (II.23), AP edition…

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Arts News Digest – Feb. 13, 2018

By Steven Biller | Feb 13, 2018

ARTS ISSUES & MANAGEMENT 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…

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Trump Proposes Elimination of National Endowment for the Arts

By Steven Biller | Feb 13, 2018

The Trump Administration released a draft of its 2019 budget Monday and, if adopted, it would eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, both of which award grants to arts institutions nationwide. The proposed $4.4 trillion budget would also shutter the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Last year the administration…

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