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Desert Murals Lecture & Film

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Desert Murals Lecture & Film

Louisa Castrodale

With Louisa Castrodale

Join us on Wednesday, March 8th for Desert Murals Lecture & Film. We will watch the short film Murals: Transformations about how the Palm Springs Unified School District started and maintains a thriving mural program (with a collection of over 80 murals). Then Louisa Castrodale, Art Coordinator for the school district, will tell you more about the program and answer questions. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center.

Louisa Castrodale is the Arts Coordinator for the Palm Springs Unified School District. Over the past ten years, she has developed an impressive arts program for the school district of 22,000 students, that includes Arts Partnerships with all of the valley's major arts organizations, Musical Theatre University at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, Artists-In-Residencies in all 27 schools, Arts Professional Development for district classroom and arts teachers, and Summer Arts Programming for local students. She is the recipient of the Steinway Society's Excellence in Music Education award, Riverside County's Model Of Academic Excellence, and the ACSA Administrator of the Year. She is also a frequent presenter at arts and education conferences, and will be presenting at the Model Schools Conference in Nashville this coming June. Ms. Castrodale's favorite aspect of the work is the freedom the district allows to develop new and innovative programming in the arts, such as steel drums, DJ camp, and Lady Lead. She will be discussing how the district developed one of the largest public arts collections in the desert, through the Murals in Schools Program, as well as showing the film Murals: Transformations that was created by filmmaker Vincent Sassone.

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