Itineraries for Culture Lovers: November 2017

By California Desert Arts Council | Oct 30, 2017

As you warm up for the holiday season, we offer our thoughtful itineraries for lovers of visual art, architecture and design, music and stage in the Coachella Valley region. A fourth, “arts concierge,” itinerary adds the best of film, dance, heritage, and spoken word. “Curated each month for residents and visitors, our itineraries offer in-the-know…

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Creative Placemaking, Part I: The Power of Collaboration

By California Desert Arts Council | Oct 19, 2017

It happened at UCR Palm Desert. Mark the day: October 12, 2017. This is when almost 100 Coachella Valley arts and tourism leaders, city planners, economic development directors, and of course visual and performing artists converged on the campus to learn how to engage a wider audience through creative placemaking, cultural tourism, and social media…

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Students to Learn about Careers in Arts, Media, and Entertainment

By California Desert Arts Council | Oct 8, 2017

About 200 high school juniors and seniors from the Coachella Valley’s three public school districts will meet creative professionals from around the region and learn about different careers in arts, media, and entertainment during a career pathways event Oct. 17 at UCR Palm Desert. A collaborative program of the nonprofit organizations OneFuture Coachella Valley and…

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Last Chance: Register Now for ‘Artists, Audience, and Place’

By California Desert Arts Council | Oct 8, 2017

Only a couple days remain to register for the Oct. 12 National Arts Marketing Project workshop at UCR Palm Desert. “Big Strategies and Real Tactics for Connecting Artists, Audience, and Place” packs a full day of expert instruction on creative placemaking, audience development, and arts marketing tailored to the unique challenges and opportunities of the…

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50 Artists Wanted to Create Cigarette Box-Sized Works

By California Desert Arts Council | Sep 27, 2017

Remember when restaurants had cigarette machines? They were staples, like jukeboxes, and often reflected the design sensibilities of the day. They were sleek and space-aged, Art Deco, and many other styles. The National Vendors 222 Crown Series 22 Selection machine was especially popular. They all invited you to drop in your coins, pull the lever…

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Fall Into the Arts! (Here’s Your Itinerary)

By California Desert Arts Council | Sep 26, 2017

What’s on your calendar in October? If you love the arts, we have some ideas for you. “Curated each month for residents and visitors, our itineraries offer thoughtful, in-the-know recommendations and even a few bold dares,” says Christi Salamone, CEO of the nonprofit CDAC. “We help everybody navigate and appreciate our big, diverse arts and…

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Curator and Writer to Discuss Race and Censorship in Art

By California Desert Arts Council | Sep 8, 2017

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 insensitive to their communities and cracked open a fresh debate about art, censorship, and…

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How Artists and Organizations Will Transform the Coachella Valley

By California Desert Arts Council | 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 California Desert Arts Council | 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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