HIGH DESERT LIVING ARTS CENTER

aka Joshua Tree Living Arts   |   Joshua Tree, CA   |  joshuatreelivingarts.org

Mission

Joshua Tree Living Arts is dedicated to empowering and strengthening our community through arts education programs and sustainable practices.

We serve the greater Morongo Basin.

Ruling year info

2000

President

Ronda Mueller

Executive Director

Rhonda Coleman

Main address

Po Box 878

Joshua Tree, CA 92268 USA

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EIN

33-0879304

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

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Artist Liaison

JTLA provides a variety of opportunities for artists to offer or receive assistance. Artists may work in/with the community to share their skills, promote their art, and facilitate their productions. This can include, but is not limited to: help with grant sources, bridging the gap for artists to work collaboratively with other local organizations, offering locations and opportunities to showcase their work, and advancing their individual education directives.

Population(s) Served

A collaboration with JTLA-sponsored artists and Mojave Desert Land Trust is in the planning stages to rehabilitate the Trust’s signage on the 29 Palms Hwy.

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Sanctuary is a collaborative project between JTLA, Joshua Tree Music Festival, and Mil-Tree, that brings together our community of artists, veterans, active-duty military, civilians, and their families in order to help each other address the wounds of the soul through communication and art. Sanctuary is a co-created structure built using the tools of war-- barbed wire and sandbags, in a process referred to as Earthbag construction. This collaborative public art project is a gift to the community, and is intended to be used as a public gathering space for veterans, active duty and civilians. Possible use for Sanctuary includes speak-outs, meetings, celebrations, readings, marriages, meditation, lectures and more.

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The in-school programs funded by JTLA intend to spark vibrant learning opportunities in the arts. It is our mission and belief that this is imperative to a healthy vibrant colorful community. Studies have shown that arts education plays an important role in brain development and facilitates the learning of many skills and concepts for school-aged children, including developing analytical and problem solving skills, cultivating a broad range of thinking, enhancing teamwork, and developing creative and higher-order thinking. Current programs are: Artists and Authors Fair, Dance Movement, Music and Beats, Drawing and Art, Mythical Storytelling.

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Kidsville is an action-packed, family-friendly arts experience for kids of all ages at the Joshua Tree Music Festival. Kidsville provides a safe, fun, and interactive learning environment with an inclusive curriculum of visual arts, dance, performance, and music. The Kidsville stage features live music and circus arts to delight and inspire. Children are invited to revel in imagination and participate in over 54 free activities led by 13+ artists

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JTLA is passionate about supporting artists, as well as educating and inspiring community building through the arts. JTLA curates a wide range of art installations by a variety of artists as well as live painters located throughout the Music Festival grounds.

Over 39 installations – Murals, 20-ft tall LED Sculptures, Organic Archways, Interactive Swing Sets, Space & Time Environments, Hammock Villages, Dreamcatchers, Upcycled Artworks, and Interactive Lighting – are stimulating and thought-provoking original pieces that turn the festival grounds into an enormous outdoor art gallery. For more info go to: http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com/visual-arts


JTLA also provides opportunities for over 20 artists to create live paintings through the Joshua Tree Music Festival event. This engages the artist with the patron, providing networking opportunities for the artist and enhancing the experience of the patron by surrounding them with ongoing art. On the final day of the Festival, the paintings made on site over the weekend are auctioned off, and half of the proceeds go to the artist, while the other half is donated to JTLA.

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JTLA offers a wide range of opportunities for members of the community and beyond to share passion and skills with others. In partnership with Joshua Tree Music Festival, JTLA offers Playshops that invite the community to engage in learning and experiencing new skills in a fun and inclusive environment. Our Playshops are hosted by professionals. These small group experiences invite each member to participate, contribute, and think/immerse more deeply, co-creating an experience that each participant takes with them into the world.

MINDFULNESS:
Meditation (Grounded Earth, Trance
‘The Intentional Use of Sacred Plants’ with Kenneth Berman
Chakra Balancing
Sacred gong and sound baths

MOVEMENT
African Rhythms with Mokoomba (also with music)
Flowbox Circus and Coachella Valley Aerial Fitness bring aerial dance and athleticism, with demonstrations of aerial movement and dance, juggling, hooping, and more.
Yogaslackers teach the art of slacklining to all ages, as well as adding yoga poses while suspended on a 1” line.
The Spinsterz teach the art of flow through poi, hoops, staff, fans, and more.
Khi Cong
Dance (Uplifit, Shakti, Bellydancing,
PiYoChi: A blend of Pilates, Yoga, and Chi Gong
Guided Improv Movement

MUSIC:
Ethnic Instruments with House of Hamsa
Tanzanian song with Jagwa Music
Didjeridoo with Trevor Green
Handpan jam: Learning the art of this mystical instrument.
Songwriting
Drums and percussion
Guitar rhythms with Scott Pemberton
Sing a secret: How to find your voice

STORY:
Myth and storytelling with Dr. Catherine Svelha
Zuni Elders and Medicine Man
Dharma Talk with the Obsidian
Learn to create your own short story to tell

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HIGH DESERT LIVING ARTS CENTER

Board of directors
as of 11/08/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ronda Mueller


Board co-chair

Kali Poulin

Travis Puglisi

Lynne Thelen

Meg Shannon

Edmund Shadman

Scott Cutler

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Kali Poulin

Ronda Mueller