WHAT WE DO
IN THE COMMUNITY

Artist Liaison
JTLA provides a variety of opportunities for artists to offer or receive assistance. Artists may work in/with the community to share their skills, promote their art, and facilitate their productions. This can include, but is not limited to: help with grant sources, bridging the gap for artists to work collaboratively with other local organizations, offering locations and opportunities to showcase their work, and advancing their individual education directives.  

MDLT sign
The MDLT Sign is a collaboration with JTLA-Sponsored artists and Mojave Desert Land Trust to rehabilitate MDLT's signage on 29 Palms Highway.

Permaculture
Permaculture Action Day is “a one-day event designed to co-create a sustainable and regenerative world by actually taking action.” In partnership with Joshua Tree Music Festival, Permaculture Action Network, and the Mojave Desert Land Trust, volunteers planted a drought-resistant desert garden at the Mojave Desert Land Trust headquarters and participated in the stewardship cleanup of a local wildlife linkage area.

Random Acts of Kindness
Sanctuary is a collaborative project between JTLA, Joshua Tree Music Festival, and Mil-Tree, that brings together our community of artists, veterans, active-duty military, civilians, and their families in order to help each other address the wounds of the soul through communication and art. Sanctuary is a co-created structure built using the tools of war-- barbed wire and sandbags, in a process referred to as Earthbag construction. This collaborative public art project is a gift to the community, and is intended to be used as a public gathering space for veterans, active duty and civilians. Possible use for Sanctuary includes speak-outs, meetings, celebrations, readings, marriages, meditation, lectures and more.
Fox McBride and James Golub of United Earth Builders designed and created (with help from LOTS of friends from the festival community) the Earthen Bench Sanctuary.  Fox and James have been actively engaged in earthbag construction domestically and internationally for a combined 11 years since completing their training and apprenticeship at the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture in Hesperia, CA. They have worked together as integral crew members, supervisors, and consultants on commercial and residential projects alike, and have facilitated workshops of varied scope and purpose in the U.S. and abroad.