Impacting the Community Through Art

Beyond the colorful aesthetic of paint on canvas and the finely honed skill of transforming raw materials into masterpieces, festival-goers of the 17th annual Indian Wells Arts Festival will be treated to hands-on experiences with art. In tandem with the top-30 fine arts show in the nation presenting 200 juried artists across 30 mediums and categories, non-profit organizations serving the Coachella Valley will be leading free art activities for all ages and abilities as a means to strengthen community connections.

A casual stroll under the festival’s shaded activities pavilion will lead attendees to an immersive experience in creating art without sight, led by the Braille Institute – Rancho Mirage, while Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert teaches block print art. SafeHouse of the Desert returns with the ever popular rock painting and Old Town Artisan Studio keeps the wheel spinning with pottery throwing, and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation gives art-lovers the chance to color their own version of the festival’s commemorative poster. Desert Arc, Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine, Alzheimer’s Association Coachella Valley, and CREATE Center for the Arts Palm Desert will also be leading fun activities.

“Our hope is to bring together members of our community with these invaluable organizations in a setting that allows people to learn more about how to support and connect with one another,” says the festival’s volunteer Community Champion, Mario Hernandez, owner of Mario’s Tilecare and Concrete Cleaning and founder of Desert United Luncheon.

Held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, in Indian Wells, Calif., March 29–31, 2019, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Children’s tickets are free, adults: $13. To purchase tickets online, visit www.indianwellsartsfestival.com.

Jewish Summer Camp Update

Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp, the camps of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, will operate their full summer program on the scenic campus of CSU Channel Islands, the newest campus in the Cal State system. “We are energized to keep fostering life-changing experiences in this new chapter of our camps’ history,” said Camp Director Seth Toybes.

The announcement assures campers and families that the 67th season of summer camp will open on time in a modern location in Camarillo, just fifteen minutes north of the camp grounds that were devastated by the Woolsey Fire in November 2018. Registration for Summer 2019 is open, and sessions are starting to fill up! Go to wbtcamps.org for details and Open House dates!

The scenic, warm and inviting site enables the camps to retain their outdoor programs and traditional activities while also embracing the state-of-the-art facilities that a college campus offers. “A combination of private access living and activity spaces and large-scale natural settings gives the camps an exciting opportunity to bring the magic of camp to a new, yet similarly coastal home,” said Toybes.

The camps will bring all the classics to create unforgettable summers in a new home. The choice-based structure of the schedule will, for the most part, look the same, with chuggim (electives) and age-specific experiences that have defined this camp for decades.

Camp is a place where lifelong friendships grow, kids can discover who they really are, and a community that loves each individual for their true self is built.

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