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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Got a big creative idea and need a support system to bring it to life? Pitch it to Arts Tank Greater Palm Springs, an exciting new Shark Tank-like program powered by the nonprofit California Desert Arts Council to support innovative arts projects that attract tourism, address a concern of a particular community, and engage a cross-section of residents and visitors…

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Today is Arts Advocacy Day, when a cross-section of the nation’s arts and culture organizations converges on Washington, D.C., for a day of training, followed by a day of action, meeting with their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. Advocacy is integral to California Desert Arts Council‘s strategy to unify, empower, and promote arts and culture…

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You’re in the supermarket when you run into a friend who wields some clout and influence in the community. After a polite “How are you?” she asks what you’re doing. Scrambling for a concise response, you freeze or, worse, ramble erratically. What you need is an elevator pitch — a short, persuasive speech that sparks…

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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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