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Sarah Scheideman

#192 Sarah Scheideman, Class of 2005, Transfer to UC Riverside
(Associate of Arts)

I always knew I would go to college, but had no clear career path in mind. Following graduation from Desert Hot Springs High School, I enrolled at College of the Desert (COD) hoping to find direction. A series of art classes at the College ignited my passion for art and opened the door to my future as an artist, writer and entrepreneur. Those art classes helped me realize where I wanted to focus my life. I received an Associate of Arts degree from COD in 2005 and transferred to University of California Riverside where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Visual Culture in 2008.

Putting my passion to work, I created Coachella Valley Art Scene, a website and blog focused on the up-and-coming local community art scene. I write daily about art and artists, events and happenings and all things creative in and around the desert art scene.

For the last five years I have also curated the Coachella Art Studios, a large scale interactive art installation inside the Coachella Music and Arts Festival's campgrounds for attendees hungry for art, expression and creative diversion.

For my most recent venture, I joined with two fellow COD alums I first met at screen printing class. Together we have completely transformed a down and out convenience store into a hip contemporary art gallery and event space spotlighting the young and upcoming art community of the Coachella Valley.

The Coachella Valley Art Scene (CVAS) gallery features nearly all local art and artists as well as hosting concerts and screening thought-provoking films. The gallery is located on East Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City, across from the IMAX Theater. The new gallery gives local artists a place to show and sell their work. We also hope to positively change the neighborhood with the introduction of new energy and color.

College of the Desert changed our lives. I hope we can help do the same for others.