THE AGUA CALIENTE CULTURAL MUSEUM CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Sharing the Gifts of Native Knowledge and Culture
The shaping of the Coachella Valley
has many historic chapters. The Cahuilla
people contribute volumes of historic knowledge about these precious lands, their
Native culture, and Tribal influences on life today in Palm Springs and the
surrounding region. Their story – or,
more accurately, their centuries of stories – enrich the lives of Coachella
Valley residents and visitors every day and form a living archive of Tribal history.
Preservation of these stories is critical. Making them accessible – together with Tribal
artifacts and the unique signatures of the Agua Caliente Band’s way of life –
is the primary role of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. To fulfill its mission more fully, the Museum’s
Board of Directors has launched a $65 million capital campaign to fund construction
of a 110,000 sq. ft. Museum facility in the heart of Palm Springs.
The new facility will make it possible to:
- expand educational, community
outreach, and other public programs especially for schoolchildren
- increase Native and non-Native
participation in Museum programs and activities
- expand the Museum’s permanent
- increase the number, size, and types
of temporary and traveling exhibitions offered to the community
- provide expanded research and
archival resources to teachers, artists, and scholars
- contribute to the economic
development and cultural vitality of the Coachella Valley, attracting an estimated
150,000 visitors annually
Capturing a New Day
An elegant contemporary echo of traditional Cahuilla culture
– basketry, pottery, and architecture – distinguishes the new Agua Caliente
Cultural Museum, designed by Jones & Jones Architects & Landscape
Architects. This firm includes Johnpaul
Jones (Cherokee/Choctaw), who was
lead designer for the National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian
Institution. A complement to its desert
surroundings, the Museum will draw travelers to the heart of the Coachella
Valley and provide a congenial environment for guests and residents who come
again and again.
“Through You, My Ancient
People, I Am”
This message will greet visitors to the new Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
and set the stage for the dramatic story of a culture that has struggled,
persevered, and transformed. The many
facets of this message that will emerge through the permanent exhibition are
based on five central themes – land, knowledge, struggle, adaptation, and
The new Museum includes:
- a 110,000 sq. ft. energy efficient building
- a 15,000 sq. ft. permanent exhibition gallery that will
provide visitors with multi-media and interactive displays exploring ancient
and contemporary Cahuilla culture.
- a 5,000 sq. ft. changing exhibition gallery that will enable
the Museum to showcase indigenous arts and culture from around the globe from
the past to the present.A variety of
exhibitions will include those that result from the Museum’s affiliation with
the Smithsonian Institution, those from other museums, as well as exhibitions created
from the Museum’s own collections.
- an education center with facilities for the Museum’s educational
programming, especially for children.It
will offer a storytelling room, traditional crafts workshop, classrooms,
meeting rooms, an indigenous plant interpretive garden, and traditional
Cahuilla structures such as a kish
(palm frond hut) and a ramada (palm
frond shade structure).
- a research library and archives to accommodate a collection of approximately
5,000 volumes of books, manuscripts, audiotapes, and videotapes on Cahuilla and
other indigenous cultures.The Museum
archives will preserve and maintain photographs and audiovisual collections as
well as manuscripts, government documents, and maps, making this a premier
resource for Cahuilla, southern California, and Native American research.
- a curatorial and collections center that will support the Museum’s
mission to preserve, study, interpret, and care for collection items.
- state-of-the-art systems for temperature and humidity control,
lighting, fire suppression, and security to provide the optimal preservation
environment required for all collection items including baskets, pottery, paintings,
textiles, and archival materialfor
generations to come.
- a 160-seat multi-purpose auditorium that will host theatrical
presentations, including Native American dance and music performances, film
screenings, lectures, workshops, and conferences.
- a Welcome Gallery whose design recalls the traditional Ceremonial House
where generations of Tribal members gathered for community functions.The domed ceiling of the Gallery will
dramatically depict the Cahuilla creation story.A terrace leading to the Gallery will be used
for special receptions, performances, and demonstrations.
- a museum store retail center for outstanding Native American arts and
crafts that include paintings, prints, baskets, pottery, masks, jewelry, books,
music, and sculpture.It will be located
adjacent to the Museum Café & Courtyard.
The new Agua Caliente Cultural Museum will be a vital
destination for tourists. It will make
the City of Palm Springs and surrounding region proud of so distinguished a
heritage, and will teach the important lessons that have come down through the
For additional information about this project, please contact Executive Director Michael Hammond, Ph.D. at 760.833.8166 or email@example.com. To inquire about the
capital campaign, contact Steve Sharp, Director of Development, at
760.833.8167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.