Hello from the California Desert Arts Council!  CDAC’s mission is to unify, empower, and promote the arts and culture community in the Coachella Valley. Since COVID-19 all but shut down the creative economy, CDAC has awarded relief grants to more than 40 local artists and arts organizations and continually publishes roundups of valuable information and resources…

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Arts and culture in the Coachella Valley are taking a hard hit from the COVID-19 crisis. Music and theater performances, museum and gallery exhibitions, film screenings, and other events have been canceled or postponed, arts institutions shuttered, and jobs lost. Like everyone else, California Desert Arts Council (CDAC) is grappling with how best to serve…

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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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