This Month in the Arts – October 2021

Palm Desert Verbena by plein-air landscape painter Terry Masters, who recently closed his Palm Springs studio/gallery and is now represented by Jones and Terwilliger Galleries in Palm Desert.   As the fall season begins, the visual and performing arts are coming back to life in the Coachella Valley, albeit with new requirements for proof of vaccination…

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This Month in the Arts – April 2021

Modernism Week runs April 8–18 with a variety of home tours, including this new design by Ray and Finn Kappe in the Desert Palisades neighborhood in Palm Springs. Photo courtesy Lance Gerber/Palm Springs Life   The Coachella Valley has entered the Red Tier, meaning museums can reopen and outdoor shows will go on, albeit with…

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Deadlines Loom for COVID-19 Financial Relief Grants for Artists, Organizations

The city of Palm Desert invites artist proposals for its new San Pablo Avenue roundabout. Photo courtesy of the City of Palm Desert.   Welcome to another COVID-19-themed dispatch from your California Desert Arts Council. In better times, this newsletter highlights the bounty of upcoming Coachella Valley arts and culture offerings. This month’s edition, however,…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – January 2021

Artist Pia Camil’s Lover’s Rainbow for Desert X 2019. The 2021 event has been postponed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   GRANTS AND FINANCIAL RELIEF Gov. Newsom proposes $25 million for arts in California (Californians for the Arts)The funds support a grant program for museums and theaters and $15 million to the California Arts…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – December 2020

A new sculpture garden, curated by Melissa Morgan Fine Art, offers a free, safe, open-air art experience on El Paseo in Palm Desert. Photo courtesy Melissa Morgan Fine Art.    Happy holidays from the California Desert Arts Council. In our final news roundup of the year, we offer links to financial aid and grant resources for…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – November 2020

Nancy Baker Cahill’s Revolutions, an augmented reality artwork created for Desert X 2019. The exhibition returns February–April 2021 with a new lineup of artist installations and public programs. Photograph: Lance Gerber /Courtesy Desert X   Hello from the California Desert Arts Council. The headlines have been big and bold over the past month. Let’s get right…

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Arts in Limbo as County Reverts to Purple

Artist Jeffrey Gibson premieres a new performance work, TO FEEL MYSELF BELOVED ON THE EARTH, for Palm Springs Art Museum’s Art Party 2020, scheduled for Dec. 4. Photography by Brian Barlow/courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson and Kavi Gupta, Chicago, and Palm Springs Art Museum   Greetings from the California Desert Arts Council. As you receive this month’s…

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Openings, Innovations, and Advice for Coachella Valley Culture Leaders

Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage. Courtesy and copyright The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.   Sunnylands Center & Gardens became the latest Coachella Valley cultural institution to reopen to the public — with limited access and hours and stringent safety protocols — since the pandemic shutdown began last March. Many other venues and…

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Resources, News, Advice and Ideas for the Coachella Valley Arts Community

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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Coachella Valley Arts News – August 2020

Jane Culp’s painting Mojave Desert: Pass Through the Panamint Mountain Range, from Echoes of the San Andreas, a new book about the life and work of the artist.   ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN Modernism Week Fall Preview moves online (The Desert Sun)Modernism Week has announced that its fall preview scheduled for October will include no in-person…

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