Expert Advice on How to Win an Arts Grant

By California Desert Arts Council | 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 California Desert Arts Council | 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 California Desert Arts Council | 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 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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