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Arts Agency of Joshua Tree National Park region to open new world-class arts center in Yucca Valley—opening exhibition to feature legendary and esteemed artists

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YUCCA VALLEY, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center, the arts agency of the Joshua Tree National Park region, will be opening its new technologically innovative center for the arts on June 2 at 7:30pm with a special public grand opening gala celebration.  Strategically placed in the national park gateway community of Yucca Valley, the Cultural Center’s new 15,000+ square foot Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center annex will feature the largest and most state-of-the-art gallery, arts creation, and arts education space in the region.
As the arts leader in an area renown for its music and visual arts scene, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center has assembled a new advisory board specifically for its new arts center that features prominent artists, curators, critics, educators, entrepreneurs, and cultural developers.   Led by celebrated artist and the Center’s inaugural executive curator Michael McCall, who was preparator for the Washington Project for the Arts in D.C. and is a reviewer for the venerate Fabrik Contemporary Art & Design magazine, the board includes: Adolfo Nodal, former longtime general manager of the City of Los Angeles’ Cultural Affairs Department; Peter Frank, frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and longtime critic for LA Weekly; Caroline Huber, former co-director of the Diverse Works Arts Space and current board member of the Menil Collection, Houston, TX; Cathy Allen, professor of fine art at Copper Mountain College; Steven Rieman, renowned kinetic sculptural artist; Bernard Leibov, director and founder of Boxo Projects; and Raini Armstrong, artist and executive curator of Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s “Art In Public Places” galleries at Hi-Desert Medical Center.
The center’s inaugural exhibition will feature nearly eighty artworks from twenty-eight legendary and esteemed artists, including original works by famed assemblage artist Noah Purifoy, courtesy of the Noah Purifoy Foundation.  Entitled “Ground to Sky”, the engaging inaugural exhibition will touch upon two of the strongest elements of beauty and influence of the Mojave Desert: the creative and expansive desert landscape that continually draws and fascinates artists around the globe, and the awe-inspiring night skies that provide endless self contemplation.  On display will be photography, UHD videography, sculpture, assemblage, and installation artworks.
Designed specifically for arts education and production, the new center features a world-class, technologically innovative gallery and exhibition space; dedicated Broadcast Arts Studios for radio and internet broadcasting; a Fabric Arts Studio and workshop for fashion and costume design, complete with a wardrobe and commercial laundry; a Dance Arts Studio for dance, music, and theater rehearsal; a Visual Arts Studio for paint, ceramic, and other art mediums; a Metal/Wood Arts Studio and workshop for theatrical scenic and properties production; outdoor Installation Arts exhibition space; a gift shop, administrative offices, and more.
For more information on the new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, visit YVArts.org or send an email to info@yvarts.org to learn how to get involved or to become a founding member or donor.  The new center is located at 58325 Highway 62 in Yucca Valley, CA 92284.  Additional information on the Hi-Desert Cultural Center may be found on the Cultural Center’s main website, HiDesertCulturalCenter.org or by calling 760.366.3777.  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the arts agency for the Joshua Tree National Park region.

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