The Coachella Valley Art Scene’s interactive art lounge MAKE at the Mall is a far cry from the antics seen in one of my favorite ’90s movies and a cult classic—Mallrats, which Kevin Smith recently announced will be made into a TV series.
On a warm Thursday evening in June, I visited MAKE at Westfield Mall Palm Desert with my friend Matt to enjoy live music, get crafty and connect with the Coachella Valley Art Scene community. It was great to see Sofia Enriquez, a LQAF Scholarship winner, behind the main desk, assisting visitors with crafts and creative projects. This summer, she will be teaching at MAKE and at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
The band Machin’ was getting the party started when I arrived. Time to get crafty. Matt got the ‘Grab Bag’ and began assembling a colorful necklace out of miscellaneous beads & baubles. I opted to draw and doodle with colored pencils and crayons on coloring sheets of paper.
After we settled in to a station with glue guns, the featured band The Yip Yops began setting up. Families and teenagers filled up the room. We were joined by three enthusiastic tweens who immediately began constructing ornaments, with ribbon and buttons, feathers and sparkles. Meanwhile, two teenagers sat down to get a better view of the band, while chatting between smart phone swipes.
The Yip Yops took the stage, getting the whole room rocking and rolling. Their distinctive songs put out such a phenomenal groove. Matt and I could not believe they were so young, and so incredibly talented and sophisticated with their artistry. The multi-colored lights flashing on the band mates resonated with their impressive range of music. From a hard rock song to a pure, instrumental driven sound, to an indie rock pop vibe, this group showcased terrific harmony and joy in their music.
At one point, Matt said “Do you see that? They’re playing two instruments at once! And the drummer was just singing! See how they trade off leads?” It was exactly that spirit of sharing the spotlight and genuinely swapping creative expression that cultivated a fun, warm sense of belonging in the atmosphere.
Check out what the Coachella Valley Art Scene has in store this upcoming weekend:
Thursday, June 16 7-9PM: Summer Series at MAKE: Hive Minds
Enjoy the indie rock vibes of The Hive Minds while you check out the community art show, craft stations, engage in art projects, pop-up shops and much more.
Friday, June 17 6-9PM: “OUT OF PLACE”
An alternative art & culture space in a commercial mall.
Artists who stand out.
Last art show before we leave our popup art space, MAKE, on August 7th. All work will be for sale.
The God Awful
and many more TBA
Saturday, June 18th 6-8PM: CONNECTED: A Community Open Mic
Come express yourself and get to know other artists in your community.
Presented by desert writers, artists and musicians.
Hosted by artist, poet, teacher: Michelle Castillo
“As a society, we must continue to stay connected to the arts and each other. I feel creative expression allows that connection to happen.” – Michelle Castillo
Poets: 2-3 poems
Musicians: 1-2 songs
Artists: 5-7 minutes
Writers: 5-7 minutes
Come early to RSVP your place!
Sunday, June 19th, 1-3PM: KID DISCO
“Dance party for the whole family”
The mission of this party is to bring community together through a fun family activity of free form dance with music!
Kid Disco is an uplifting environment and great way to exercise!
We will also provide an area for parents to charge phones & relax.
DJ AMAVIDA & Friends will be spinning dance jams all day long!!
$10 per kid at door
– designated dance floor
– interactive crafts
– photo booth
– much more!
Brittany Delany is Executive Assistant/Programs Coordinator at La Quinta Arts Foundation.