Save These Dates: Free Monthly Arts Salons!

By Steven Biller | Jan 19, 2018

California Desert Arts Council continues its series of free monthly arts salons with events in five Coachella Valley cities from February through June. The salons offer a casual environment for artists, arts administrators, and others to network, learn, and collaborate. CDAC offers the salons to help advance its mission to unify, empower, and promote the…

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Meet the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Feb. 7

By Steven Biller | Jan 6, 2018

Palm Springs Cultural Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this month by placing its colorful logo on the legendary Camelot Theatres and expanding the venue’s programming beyond its niche film festivals and screenings and farmer’s markets. Executive Director Michael Green discusses the cultural center’s future Feb. 7, when it hosts CDAC’s free monthly arts salon from…

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Arts News Digest – Jan. 2, 2018

By Steven Biller | Jan 2, 2018

Recommended reading for art and culture professionals in the Coachella Valley and beyond.   ARTS MANAGEMENT Facebook Ends Transaction Fees for Donations (Chronicle of Philanthropy) Facebook will eliminate its 5 percent transaction fee for charitable donations made on the site, putting millions of additional dollars, and potentially much more, into the hands of nonprofits.  …

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Itineraries for Culture Lovers: January 2018

By Steven Biller | Dec 27, 2017

Start the New Year by filling your calendar with great art shows and performances. The California Desert Arts Council has some recommendations for you and your friends and family. “Our itineraries offer in-the-know recommendations for residents and visitors,” says Christi Salamone, CEO of the nonprofit organization. “Our goal is to help culture lovers find some…

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Arts News Digest – December 2017

By Steven Biller | Dec 15, 2017

Recommended reading for art and culture professionals in the Coachella Valley and beyond.   ARTS MANAGEMENT How the Arts Power Communities (Americans for the Arts) The arts keep residents and their discretionary dollars close to home and also attract visitors who spend money and help local businesses thrive. Read the key findings of Arts &…

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10 Tips to Craft Your Perfect Elevator Pitch

By Steven Biller | Dec 11, 2017

You’re in the supermarket when you run into a friend who wields some clout and influence in the community. After a polite “How are you?” she asks what you’re doing. Scrambling for a concise response, you freeze or, worse, ramble erratically. What you need is an elevator pitch — a short, persuasive speech that sparks…

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Coachella Walls: A Self-Guided Walking Tour

By Steven Biller | Dec 11, 2017

The sweet smell of fresh baked goods wafts from Las Tres Conchitas on the corner of Sixth Street and Vine Avenue in downtown Coachella while locals file into Jalisco for lunch across the street. On the same block, construction workers are building a new library, and another crew sets up chairs in front of City…

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Itineraries for Culture Lovers: December 2017

By Steven Biller | Nov 27, 2017

Where would the holidays be without the arts? Let’s not imagine. This is a time to celebrate the bright and cheerful spirit of the season with an array of local and visiting artists and performers. The California Desert Arts Council has some recommendations for you and your friends and family. “Our itineraries offer in-the-know recommendations…

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Tour Coachella Walls With Your Peers in the Arts on Dec. 7

By Steven Biller | Nov 20, 2017

The name Coachella resonates with music lovers around the world, but we locals know it as the easternmost city in the Coachella Valley — home to a population of young Latino families as well as a large number of Mexican farmworkers. Agriculture dominates this small town of 10,000 people, and has for decades. Cesar Chavez…

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