The Beatnik Lounge
is an art gallery, performance space, community center, imagination junction, watering hole, etc., etc. Situated in the high desert, riding the north rim of Joshua Tree National Park, the Beatnik is a magnet for the many artists, writers, musicians, poets and other creative people who have found themselves drawn to this area, as well as those from around the world who participate in this experiment.
We are part of the Joshua Tree Cultural Preservation Center (JTCPC), a non-profit organization (501 (c)3 — #81-0797474) that acts as a touchstone for creativity, and also provides community outreach activities such as:
- a cooling center
- free Wi-Fi, meals (via the Food Not Bombs program), and clothing
- regular seminars such as Songwriters in the Round
- children’s art workshops
- the monthly JT Maker’s Market
- poetry slams and open mic nights
- punk sewing circles
Each month (usually on the second Saturday), we have a theme-based show (see posts below for some recent examples). No one who wants to show here is ever turned away because they don’t fit someone’s presumption of what an artist should be — it's an open mic for the walls. This philosophy creates a space that engenders a wondrous variety of art at every show.