Palm Springs Art Museum looking to open satellite branch in Palm Desert
The Palm Springs Art Museum has formed a committee to oversee fundraising and other activities related to a new satellite site that is expected to open in late 2011 or early 2012 in Palm Desert.
Organizers said that the new facility will be located in the 8,400-square-foot Palm Desert Visitors Center in the Entrada del Paseo development. To be called the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Desert, the location is expected to include an ongoing sequence of exhibitions plus a sculpture garden.
The museum said the committee will be co-chaired by Ed Monarch, a current museum trustee and mayor of Indian Wells, and Gerald Fogelson, who is a developer and museum patron. Other members of the committee include Harold J. Meyerman, who chairs the museum's Board of Trustees, Steven Nash, James Houston and Harold Matzner.
In a statement, Meyerman said that part of the reason for the new site is geographic and that the Palm Desert location will be more accessible for residents who live farther from Palm Springs.
An article published recently in the Desert Sun stated that the museum was planning to spend about $500,000 to reconfigure the building to increase exhibition space and upgrade its air conditioning, security and sprinkler systems.
The article also stated that the museum will pay a lease for the new location of $1 per year for an initial term of five years, with options to extend the lease for up to 30 years.
-- David Ng
Photo: the Palm Springs Art Museum. Credit: PalmSprings.com