Fundraisers Must Assert the Value of the Arts

By California Desert Arts Council | 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 California Desert Arts Council | 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 California Desert Arts Council | 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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Trump Budget Proposal is a Call to Action to Support Local Arts

By California Desert Arts Council | Jun 5, 2017

Local advocacy for artists and arts organizations has become a higher-stakes proposition, as President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, titled A New Foundation for American Greatness, suggests eliminating funding for the arts and shutting down the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities. The president’s proposal cuts the NEA budget from $150 million to $29 million,…

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Big Strategies and Real Tactics for Connecting Artists, Audience, and Place

By California Desert Arts Council | Jun 1, 2017
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Sculptor Patrick Blythe to Speak on Art, Soul, and Community

By California Desert Arts Council | May 30, 2017

Indio-based artist Patrick Blythe, known for his bronze, stone, and glass sculpture, will discuss his work and life June 13 at an Arts Salon presented by the California Desert Arts Council (CDAC). Coachella Valley Art Center in downtown Indio will host the free event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. In his presentation, “Art, Soul, and…

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Open Your Studio, Collaborate, and Embrace Summer in the Desert

By California Desert Arts Council | May 19, 2017

If you think “season” is over, the three presenters at CDAC’s first Arts Salon beg to differ. They say summertime presents a largely untapped opportunity for visual and performing artists and others working in the arts. “The dynamics in the summer are changing,” said Arlene Amick, director of audience engagement and communications at Palm Springs…

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What’s Your Summer Strategy?

By California Desert Arts Council | May 2, 2017

Some people are visiting the desert, and some of us live and work here all year. What we have in common is appreciation of this modern oasis—even in the summer. Events like the Splash House pool party weekends, the film noir and short film festivals, concerts, and art events are turning the desert from dark…

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Why We Need a Highway 111 Cultural District

By California Desert Arts Council | May 2, 2017

The culturati come in droves to the California desert for immersive experiences like Coachella, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the newly minted juggernaut known as Desert X. But are they seeing more than a sliver of what the California desert arts scene has to offer? Are you capitalizing on all this activity? The…

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