Cultural Center to Offer College Course in Media Arts & Technology


PressRelease June 2, 2012

JOSHUA TREE, CA – The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is announcing new state-of-the-art multi-camera videography and post-production college courses that will run during the fall of 2012 and spring of 2013.  The new classes represent another significant step in attempting to build a local base of creative and technically-skilled professionals in the burgeoning field of multi-media arts.

Working with Copper Mountain College, this new collaboration builds on that of the past year.  In the fall of 2011, the Cultural Center and College partnered to provide the college’s enrolled multi-media arts students with some much-needed real-world experience.  Under the experienced eye of college professor, Spelman Downer, and with guidance from Cultural Center president, Jarrod Radnich, the students have been filming the wide array of first-class entertainment offered at the Center – including jazz, blues, and classical concerts, top-rated comedy club acts, and dramatic “storytelling” performances.  This upcoming fall season, students will also begin filming theatrical productions at the Center.  “These new courses are the next step by this desert region’s leading academic and arts institutions to provide vocational education and job training that is second to none,” explains Roger Wagner, Copper Mountain College President and Hi-Desert Cultural Center Advisory Board Member.  Radnich, who was recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show in a segment highlighting his work in pioneering music education, knows full well how important this educational opportunity is for the region’s economy.  “With the building of the Center’s professional sound and film stage and post-production facilities at the Kaye Ballard Theater, we expect the Center to be a source of employment for upwards of thirty technical professionals in the arts and entertainment arena, and this vocational training partnership will allow our talented local residents to be able to fill those well-paying jobs.”

Taught under the expert tutelage of Copper Mountain College professor and professional artist, Spelman Downer, the high-quality classes will significantly increase the breadth and depth of material and experience students will receive.  In addition to utilizing computing and classroom facilities at the College and the Center’s theater spaces, students who participate in these non-credit classes will be able to take advantage of the Center’s state-of-the-art $30,000 hi-definition cinema projector, 28-foot wide screen, and 7.1 surround sound system to view and hear their work.  With funding for the purchase of new hi-definition video camera equipment from renowned artist, Simi Dabah, the College is also sharing in the provision of the specialized video equipment, providing the videography students with valuable experience on an array of equipment types.

The new multi-camera videography and post production classes will be held at both the Hi-Desert Cultural Center and Copper Mountain College facilities in Joshua Tree, and some pre-requisites will apply.  For more information or enrollment, contact the Cultural Center at 760.366.3777 ext. 1 or send an email to

Jarrod Radnich/Hi-Desert Cultural Center
Roger Wagner/Copper Mountain College
760.366.3791 ext. 5289


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