Room to Play: Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center opens 15,000 square feet to art, education, and performance in the High Desert.
BY SUSAN MYRLAND | JULY 21
Generally speaking, art openings in the desert have a different texture than what you might find elsewhere. A little more egalitarian, for starters. A lot more eclectic.
When the Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center opened June 2, it spiked the mix with a touch of theatrical surrealism. An affable youth wearing a plaid vest and large, fuzzy bear head wandered through the crowd while a woman dressed as a dragon invited visitors to sign the guest book. Other costumed characters mingled with a variety of hipsters and hippies and collectors with purse dogs and a variety of sock/sandal combinations.
The Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, or YV Arts Center for short, is the newest annex of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, based in Joshua Tree. The Joshua Tree location runs a busy schedule of theater performances, arts education programs, residencies, art shows, festivals, a philharmonic symphony orchestra, and a master chorus…