Cultural Center Hosts Youth Summer Arts Enrichment Camp ART EXHIBITION AUG 11-13, 2023

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YUCCA VALLEY, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is delighted to share its youth summer campers’ visual arts projects at the Summer Camp Youth Art Exhibition August 11-13 at the Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center. The Opening Party is Friday, August 11, from 3pm-5:30pm, and weekend viewing is Saturday and Sunday, 1-5pm. The summer camp enriched campers with a plethora of music, dance, performance art, and general enrichment activities, and the Opening Party will begin with musical and dramatic performances from participants, who are eager to share what they have learned this summer at the arts camps.

Pieces on display include projects created by campers ages 4-15, and many art pieces correlate with the camp’s weekly themes, like painted vases and paper flowers from Flower Power Week, warrior fairy wings and shields from Royal Fairy Tale Week, treasure maps from Jungle Journey Week, and clean-trash space creatures from Lost In Space Week. Non-themed studies will also be on display, like fractal mandala interpretations, portraiture work, and a 3D skate park mini-model collaboration created by artists Zachary Juillet, Noelani Leopoldo, and Gianna Montoya.  

The main feature is a mobile four-sided mural wall, which was an ongoing collaborative project for the teens. Youth camp artists Aria Mendoza and Itala Trendel focused one side toward a Third-Eye Consciousness Goddess they named Estrella, with other campers helping them move along their painting journey.  The other broad side of the mural wall began as an album cover concept developed by Aquilah “Axel” Cox, Denny Lussier, and Josephine “Kiki” de Miranda-Davies. The album cover notion expanded to the two narrow sides of the mural wall with splashes of personality flairs spontaneously filled in by the artists listed above as well as Alana Cowles, Greta Eisenberger, Sofia Harris, Farrah Kachel, Bella Montoya, Ralphie Stenger, Zia Willey Barker, and Maya Winn. The mural is filled with elements of desert nature, pop culture, original doodles, and many handprints solidifying the artists’ unique marks. 

The Cultural Center continued its history of leaving no child behind, and once again offered generous financial assistance so that the socioeconomic situation of children did not prevent them from participating, the result being that this exhibit reflects how the camp was a genuine melting-pot of community youth. 

“We set out to provide life-changing experiences, and I couldn’t be prouder of the campers’ developments in communication, creativity, kindness, compassion, and love,” says Liesl Clouse, Co-Program Director and Visual + Performing Arts Lead. “We must also acknowledge the tremendous accomplishments the kids made with Amber [Lux Archer] and Christophe [Ambrosino] in dance and music. They cultivated ballet, performed contemporary dances, trained on new instruments, and even created bands that played fantastic music!” 

While this summer’s camp provided far more memorable moments of mind-opening play and learning growth than is possible to share, the community can get a wonderful glimpse of the total package by visiting the kids’ Summer Camp Youth Art Exhibition this week and weekend.  

The exhibition is held at the Cultural Center’s Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center at 58325 Hwy 62, Yucca Valley, CA 92284.  For more information call 760-366-3777, send an email to, or visit


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!