Devastating. Unprecedented. Dire. This is how local arts leaders describe the current state of affairs as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) shutters museums, galleries, theaters, and performance venues across the Coachella Valley. They’ve canceled events, refunded patrons, sent home talent and back-of-the-house staff, and begun strategizing for their survival. The hurt, including lost economic impact, has…

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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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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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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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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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