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New Arts District Committee’s First Meeting on Monday


A new committee has been created by Mayor, Scott Matas by City Council members Yvonne Parks and Joe McKee, to explore the possibilities of developing a cultural district in Desert Hot Springs.

Their fist meeting is on Monday, March 21st at 6pm at the Carl May Community Center on West and Pierson (City Council Chambers). Facebook event is here.

For more information about getting involved, see this post.

We at the AFDHS are excited about this new development and we are encouraging the whole community to come down and get involved.

Although direct involvement in creating an arts district is not part of our mission currently, we have formed a cultural partnership with a new group called Desert Arts Districts (DAD). They are an informal, unincorporated group that is seeking out veteran arts professionals with experience in arts districts to join their online community and act as mentors, content contributors, and centers of influence to guide those who are just getting started in the field.

They have announced their intent to provide tools and resources to the new committee in Desert Hot Springs, starting with a community forum on their site designated for DHS Arts District topics.

DAD (Desert Arts Districts) can be found at www.DesertArtsDistricts.org or on Facebook or Twitter.

We hope we will see you at the meeting on Monday or online in the forum, voicing your opinions and helping the City create a successful cultural district plan that serves the needs of our community.

 


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Press Release: Simi Dabah Honored by City Council for 8 Donated Sculptures


For  Immediate Release:

Desert Hot Springs, CA

Mayor, Scott Matas and the City Council held a ribbon cutting ceremony for artist, Simi Dabah, in recognition of his donation of 8 large sculptures to the City. The event took place just a half an hour before the regular City Council meeting at the Carl May Community Center and City Council Chambers.

Spiral Shaped Sculpture with High School in Background

Simi Dabah sculpture installed near Desert Hot Springs High School

The Dabahs, Simi and his wife, arrived in Desert Hot Springs earlier in the day and were given a tour of the city by Public Works Manager, Daniel Porras, and also met with the Mayor for a short period.

The ceremony was brief, but memorable, with all the Arts Commissioners and City Council members standing in front of the dias and the mayor and other other speakers coming up to the podium to make statements. After presenting Simi with an honorarium he made a short speech, and everyone lined up with the 8 posters with photos of the sculptures for the ribbon cutting.

After the ceremony the Dabahs, Larry Bowden, the president of the Dabah’s Foundation, and his wife, and Commissioner Gough went to dinner at Casablanca restaurant on Pierson Blvd. just down the street from the Carl May Center.

The Dabahs stayed the night at the 5 star Two Bunch Palms resort here in Desert Hot Springs, courtesy of Commissioner Gough and the Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs of which she is President and Chair.

The sculptures were installed earlier in January and can be seen in the medians on Palm Drive and Pierson Blvd. and one at Veterans Park at the top of Palm Drive.

Previous Press Coverage

Desert Hot Springs Gets 8 Simi Dabah Sculptures” by Kia Farhang, Desert Sun, January 19th, 2016

More information about Simi Dabah

Simi Dabah Artist Profile by AFDHS

Website: www.simidabahsculptures.com

Simi Dabah is based in Los Angeles but has a ranch/studio in Joshua Tree.

His sculptures have been donated to dozens of locations for permanent installation on public or non-profit owned properties all over southern California.

Press Contact for Simi Dabah

Larry Bowden, President

Simi Dabah Sculpture Foundation

Tel: 760-910-3886

Email: larryb29@yahoo.com

Public Arts Contact for the City of Dlesert Hot Springs

Michael Picardi

760-774-6060