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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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN Palm Springs hosts preservation conference (Palm Springs Life) Cindy Heitzman, executive director of the California Preservation Foundation, discuss the organization’s high-priority issues as well as the popularity of Modernism Week in Palm Springs. 10 things to notice while touring the Walker Guest House (Palm Springs Life) In 1952, Paul Rudolph designed a…

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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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ARTS ISSUES & MANAGEMENT Should museums have free admission? (Arts Journal) Michael Rushton, who teaches arts administration at Indiana University and edits the Journal of Cultural Economics, attempts to answer the question. Trump proposes elimination of NEA (California Desert Arts Council) The Trump Administration released its 2019 budget proposal, which seeks to eliminate the National…

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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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