Thursday, March 27, 2014

Coiled Clay at Festivals this April

This April the Imperial Valley Desert Museum will be bringing our signature coiled clay program, where children learn the paddle and anvil method of coiled clay pot making, to five area festivals.  If you and your family are planning on going to any of these festivals, stop by our table and join in the fun!

Tuesday, April 1: El Centro Elementary School District Arts Festival at Wilson Junior High. 4-7pm

Friday, April 4: El Centro Music and Fireworks Festival at Stark Field. 6-10pm

Saturday, April 5: Children's Art Festival in Calexico at the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts Center. 10am-2pm

Saturday, April 12: Earth Day Festival at 6th Ave. Community Garden, El Centro 9am-2pm

Saturday, April 26: El Centro Children's Fair at Bucklin Park 10am-4pm

Unfortunately, this year the museum has not received a grant to cover our popular coiled clay program.  We are going to have a hard time paying our staff for all of these events and will be relying heavily on volunteers who have done coiled clay with us before.  If your child has made a clay pot with us in the last year, we are reconstituting the clay they used in order to have enough clay (we hope!) to handle the large amount of children we are expecting to visit our booths at these festivals.  If anyone has enjoyed making pots with us and is interested in volunteering at any of these festivals, please email us at

Even if you don't plan on making a pot, stop on by and say hi! We'd love to tell you what we're up to and we're very excited to talk about the progress we're making with our permanent exhibit!

We look forward to seeing you at these festivals!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Save the Date! Museum reception in April

Save the date!

You are invited to a reception at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum on Saturday April 19th from 5:30-8pm. We will be unveiling the new designs for the permanent exhibit and screening the brand new documentary "First People Kumeyaay". There will also be a big announcement of some exciting news! Save the date and come celebrate with the museum!
The reception is sponsored, with our thanks, by SDG&E.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

"Best Family Spot" vote- it's up to you!

We found out yesterday that the Imperial Valley Press has included the Imperial Valley Desert Museum in this year's Readers' Choice votes.  From March 17-23, 2014 place your votes online. We're in the "Best Family Spot" category and very honored to be there!