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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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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