Charles J. Evered House – an artist residency for veterans – Transitions to Evered House

We’re thrilled to announce that The Charles J. Evered House program successfully transitioned from being a program that was fiscally sponsored by the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, to now being its own charitable organization called simply, EVERED HOUSE.  Its Tax ID is 84-3862630.


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Historical information describing its programs under the Cultural Center remains below.

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The Charles J. Evered House (CJE House) was a program division of Hi-Desert Cultural Center whose mission is to facilitate the creativity of veterans and those who serve in conflict zones. Located in the renowned artistic communities of Joshua Tree National Park and established by noted writer/director Charles Evered, who himself served as a lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve. The CJE House is named in honor of his father, Charles J. Evered (1918-1979), who was a veteran of World War II, Army Air Corps. In addition, John O’Hara Evered, (Charles J. Evered’s grandson), served as a US Naval Sea Cadet, and Margaret A. Evered, (Charles J’s granddaughter), has served as a Junior Member of the Princeton New Jersey fire department, rounding out three generations of family service.

The CJE House has brought together an impressive group of successful artists and supporters (Mentor Board) that have agreed to work with the residents in their chosen field, should they request such guidance. The Mentor Board has among its ranks best-selling authors, Emmy, Tony and other major award-winning working artists and related professionals that are willing to volunteer their time and mentor our residents.

The establishment of an artist residency venue in the Southern California area near Joshua Tree National Park that is specifically meant to serve veterans who are artists.

The pool of residents will include writers (screenwriters, playwrights, poets, short story writers, novelists and journalists), artists (both fine and commercial), musicians and photographers—including photographers and journalists that have served in conflict zones, the Middle East, Africa, and any geographical area worldwide that is covered by brave individuals willing to do whatever they can to bring stories to light.

The purpose is to simply provide a space—a month at a time, for those who have important and relevant projects to create—and to do so in an environment that will relieve them of the day to day challenges most artists face. Our goal is to provide an inspiring space for those veterans and individuals who have stories to tell and artistic projects to create.



GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!