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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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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