Arts, Culture, and Humanities

HIGH DESERT LIVING ARTS CENTER

  • Pioneertown, CA
  • joshuatreelivingarts.com

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Artist Liaison
  2. MDLT Sign
  3. Sanctuary
  4. Arts in Schools
  5. Kidsville
  6. Recycling with the Urban Conservation Corp
  7. Promoting Visual Artists
  8. Playshops
  9. Yoga & Healing

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Service Areas

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California

We serve Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Pioneertown, 29 Palms, Morongo Valley, & throughout the greater Morongo Basin.

ruling year

2000

President

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Ronda Mueller

Executive Director since 2017

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Rhonda Coleman

Keywords

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Arts, Community, Education, Opportunity, Sustainability

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Also Known As

Joshua Tree Living Arts

EIN

33-0879304

 Number

1956383266

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs

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Program 1

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.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 2

MDLT Sign

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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Program 3

Sanctuary

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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Community Development

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 4

Arts in Schools

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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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 5

Kidsville

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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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 6

Recycling with the Urban Conservation Corp

Joshua Tree Living Arts and Joshua Tree Music Festival have teamed up with the Urban Conservation Corp in an effort to create opportunity and education while protecting the earth. Urban Conservation Corp offers job readiness and life skills to volunteers ages 18-25, often providing them with their first job. Joshua Tree Living Arts hires the Urban Conservation Corp to oversee waste gathering, sorting, and disposal during Joshua Tree Music Festivals

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Environment

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

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Program 7

Promoting Visual Artists

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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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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General Public/Unspecified

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Program 8

Playshops

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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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 9

Yoga & Healing

Joshua Tree Living Arts continues to partner with Joshua Tree Music Festival in order to bring a wide variety of opportunities to festival-goers. JTLA puts together a program of 39 yoga classes throughout the weekend at Joshua Tree Music Festival, free of charge, for all festival-goers.

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General Code

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We serve Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Pioneertown, 29 Palms, Morongo Valley, & throughout the greater Morongo Basin.

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HIGH DESERT LIVING ARTS CENTER

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President

Ronda Mueller

Executive Director

Rhonda Coleman

BIO

Ronda Mueller is a lifelong resident of the high desert, entrepreneur for 17 years, with a passion for the arts, travel, health, and sustainable business practices. Ronda has been actively involved in local and international community service projects for over 15 years. Past accomplishments include: 1999-2001 - Student and Family Resources Navigator for Healthy Start Program as a caseworker for 9 local elementary schools providing comprehensive school-integrated services; 1999-2003 – Taught technology/computer science at Yucca Mesa Elementary School where she also cofounded the big brother/ sister mentor program at YMES; 2000 - Cofounder of the High Desert Living Arts Center, a 501c3 nonprofit arts org; 2002-2008 - Curator and organizer of Living Arts Cooperative Gallery; Director of a HDLAC Kids Summer Arts Camp; and key organizer of Chuckwalla Music Festival. EMT trained and certified, with specialized training in disaster and maternal care, Ronda spent the winter of 2014 working with Mercy in Action in Tacloban, Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Ronda currently owns and operates an international art distribution company and volunteers with a variety of community groups.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"At the core of JTLA's mission is a commitment to arts and community. JTLA is made up of artists, educators, and creative entrepreneurs from a range of artistic disciplines. We are dedicated to providing arts education to members of our community in an effort to empower individuals to express themselves through creative means. In our experience, the healing power of creativity is tried and true; a little instruction can go a long way in breaking down intimidation and promoting self-confidence.

Joshua Tree Living Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization. Our programs are funded by donations, sponsorships, contributions, grants, and most importantly -- our membership.

Our goals are to: ~CREATE~
- Create sustainable enrichment programs -- creative networks, art classes, multidisciplinary workshops, and educational retreats -- that fulfill our community's educational and cultural needs.
- Create a reciprocal resource hub that offers local artists' promotional, funding, and business assistance.
- Create a network of artists who have harnessed their energy and skills and are willing to share their talents and expertise with the community.
- Create a Living Arts Center campus where living arts, culture, and health/wellness programs and facilities are easily accessible to everyone.
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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ronda Mueller

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