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Curator and Writer to Discuss Race and Censorship in Art

By Steven Biller | Sep 8, 2017

Photo: Dana Schutz’s controversial painting Open Casket was removed from this year’s Whitney Biennial.   As racial tension reaches a fever pitch across the United States, artists and institutions find themselves in the thick of the controversy. In at least two instances this year, major art institutions removed the work of artists that protesters claimed was…

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How Artists and Organizations Will Transform the Coachella Valley

By Steven Biller | Aug 31, 2017

Artists have an unusual way of looking at things, and given the chance they can imagine solutions to issues that befuddle even the brightest of city planners — especially when it comes to creating communities that celebrate authenticity and attract visitors. Think about how creative people could transform downtown Indio or Coachella into vibrant destinations…

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Expert Reveals Field-Tested Tactics to Grow Your Audience

By Steven Biller | Aug 24, 2017

If you’re promoting an arts event or program in the Coachella Valley or beyond, slow down and take Joseph Yoshitomi’s advice. The expert arts marketer will disrupt your tired thinking — “We’ve always done it this way!” — and lead you to the audience you want. “I’m a tactical marketer,” says Yoshitomi of Straightforward Management…

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Expert Advice on How to Win an Arts Grant

By Steven Biller | Jul 25, 2017

There’s a lot of money out there for artists and arts organizations. If you want some of it, you need a plan. Three experts on the topic — grant writer Leigh Wiemann, arts administrator Brittany Delany, and artist Barbara Gothard — shared their best advice July 20 during an arts salon hosted by the City…

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Meet the Muse Center on Thankful Thursday

By Steven Biller | Jul 24, 2017

You’ve probably passed it countless times. You can easily miss the two-story Muse Creative Center, a block north of El Mirasol and its hip neighbor, Dead or Alive, where East Palm Canyon Drive bends and becomes South Palm Canyon Drive. CDAC brings its arts salon program to the Muse Center on August 3, from 5:30…

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Big Strategies & Real Tactics to Connect Artists, Audience, and Place

By Steven Biller | Jul 11, 2017

Artists and arts organizations: You know your brand is more than your logo and want to learn how to leverage it for optimum visibility and results. You know there’s a bigger audience out there and need fresh ideas to reach and nurture potential patrons. And you have almost no money and need high-impact/low-cost marketing tactics…

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Fundraisers Must Assert the Value of the Arts

By Steven Biller | Jul 11, 2017

What’s it worth? We constantly and automatically assess the value of almost every aspect of our daily lives, tangible and intangible. Why then do arts organizations constantly find themselves in the awkward position of having to justify and defend their worth? Mary Cahalane, a nonprofit consultant who writes a fundraising blog, suggests fundraising for the…

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How to Find and Pursue Arts Grants

By Steven Biller | Jun 23, 2017

Arts grants come in as many shapes and sizes as the range of arts projects they support. However, the process of applying for public and private grants can be tedious and complicated, and it’s almost always competitive. You you can lift your chances of winning a grant by attending CDAC’s free Arts Salon on July…

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Arts All Summer Long! (Here’s Your Itinerary)

By Steven Biller | Jun 19, 2017

Need to quench your thirst for the arts this summer? The California Desert Arts Council serves up fresh itineraries for visual art lovers, architecture and design lovers, and music and stage lovers. Our arts concierge offers a fourth itinerary, which includes the best film, dance, heritage, and spoken word experiences. “Curated each month for residents…

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