GREATER JOSHUA TREE, CA — After discussions with county and state officials, and in light of recent locally-relevant concerns for family health, community welfare, and county, state and global restrictions on gathering and travel, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center announces that it is postponing nearly all of its current programming and planned public events in response to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Cultural Center is positively committed to the well-being of its community and constituents, and it understands that slowing the spread of the Coronavirus through social distancing is necessary to protect not only the Center’s patrons, volunteers, and employees, but also the community at large. In addition, many of its volunteers and patrons fall within the demographic most likely to suffer the worst effects of this highly-contagious virus. In order to both comply with government orders banning events where 250 or more people gather and also heed the space restriction guidelines for smaller crowds and protection of vulnerable populations, the Cultural Center must temporarily suspend nearly all of its planned public events and immediate programing until further notice.
The Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, including the Yucca Valley Art Gallery, will close to the public effective Saturday, March 14th, and will undergo a thorough cleaning, with plans to announce its next steps when more information is made available. This means that rehearsals for the Hi-Desert Master Chorus and the Joshua Tree Philharmonic are canceled, and their upcoming Spring concerts will be postponed with future dates to be announced. The Easter Egg Decorating & Closing Party for the current MOJAVE MADNESS gallery exhibition scheduled for April 12th is also canceled. The art galleries curated in partnership with the Hi-Desert Medical Center will remain available for hospital visitors and employees.
While many of the Cultural Center’s concerts and events are sold-out in advance, patrons will be given the option to either preserve their reserved seats for when future concert dates are announced, or they may receive a full refund by calling the Cultural Center’s Box Office at 760.366.3777. The Cultural Center regrets the inconveniences and disappointments resulting from this proactive, albeit necessary, decision and it looks forward to the future once this emergency situation has passed. The Cultural Center wishes everyone only good health and well-being in the coming days and thanks everyone for their continued support of its mission.
ABOUT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER
With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years. Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org