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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Anne Rowe, director of collections and exhibitions

By Anne Rowe, Director of Collections and Exhibitions Walter and Leonore Annenberg were known for many things, including their world-class collections of art. The works remain at Sunnylands, except f...

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Sunnylands in the Media 8/25/15

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

In this edition, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography gets a $5 million gift for a center on climate change after a meeting convened at Sunnylands with Scripps and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Fo...

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Summer Tours Feature "Back of House"

Thursday, April 30, 2015

During May and June and early fall, Sunnylands shifts tour emphasis to the interior of the historic house. Rooms not seen during the regular season are open to ticket holders. Starting May 1, house to...

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Coachella Valley festivals offer something for everyone

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bruce Fessier, at right, with, from left, Irene N. Rodriguez; Steve Appleford; Indio Mayor Lupe Ramos Watson; and Lisa Vossler Smith.Left to right: Irene N. Rodriguez, Steve Appleford, Lupe Ramos Watson, and Lisa Vossler Smith.Music and art appreciators, locals, and Coachella Valley visitors sit engaged in the discussion.


APRIL 15, 2015 -- Do arts and music festivals matter? The answer is obvious to those who live in the Coachella Valley, which is now recognized worldwide for Modernism Week, the Palm Springs Internatio...

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Performers shine at Festival of the Desert launch

Friday, March 20, 2015

Angel RomeroGeoffrey Cowan, Diane Deshong, Barrett Wissman, Michael Kaiser, David HallbergThe Rosetti String Quartet and pianist Christopher Taylor


MARCH 20, 2015 -- There were the piercing high notes of opera singer Ilana Davidson, the warm strumming of Angel Romero’s Spanish guitar, and the passionate play of Christopher Taylor on a grand pia...

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Festival of the Desert kick-off takes place at Sunnylands

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Michael Kaiser spoke on the State of the Arts in America during the Festival of the Desert

Michael M. Kaiser, former president of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, punctuated the opening session of the Festival of the Desert with a heart-felt call for increased support for the...

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Sunnylands in the Media 3/16/2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

In the edition, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Asia Society publishes a new report addressing climate change in California and China. Sunnylands Center & Gardens is the venue for...

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Sunnylands’ Family Days offer celebrations of art, nature and cultural activities

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wood sculptor Eva Montville teaching children carving skills.Artist Dentawa Manoi sculpts and carves wood with families on the Great Lawn.Sculptor Victor Picou shows children how to carve stone.Children work with sculptor Patrick Blythe's carving tools on a wood block.Children work with chisel and hammer on the Great Lawn.Sculptor Richard Hovel exhibits his assembled found wood art.Artist E. Tyler Burton stuns visitors with her wood and fire presentation.Families gather in the Studio for a day of sculptor themed activities.Artist Eric Banas works on a metal sculpture in the Performance Circle.


MARCH 10, 2015 -- Displaying creations forged from metals, wood and stone, seven sculptors drew nearly 800 visitors to the Center & Gardens on Sunday, Feb. 22, for a free Family Day that put the spotl...

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AirTalk Live Webcast

Monday, March 2, 2015

Larry Mantle and KPCC's AirTalk are celebrating 30 years on the air with a live show at Sunnylands Center & Gardens. Discussing the future of California's Republican Party, Mantle will be joined by ...

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Exhibition, Speakers, Catalogue Focus on Rising Seas and Strategies for Adaptation

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The roller coaster from the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ partially submerged in the ocean after Hurricane Sandy. © Stephen Wilkes courtesy of Peter Fetterman GalleryA woman makes her way down the seawall along the Kitakama and Ainokama coastline in Sendai, Japan after the tsunami in 2011. ©Paula BronsteinTacloban, Philippines, November 20, 2013. A man hammers away amidst the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan. © Paula Bronstein/Reportage by Getty Images


At a retreat in October 2014, Sunnylands and its partners Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Scripps Institution of Oceanography addressed two of the most pressing issues impacting our planet: ...

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Ken Chavez Named Deputy
Director of Communications

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ken Chavez, Deputy Director of Communications & Public Affairs

November 7--President Geoffrey Cowan announced today the appointment of Kenneth Chavez as Sunnylands deputy director for communications and public affairs. In the position, Chavez will be the primary ...

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Sunnylands Plants to Help Palm Springs High Conserve Water

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

College of the Desert students are nurturing Sunnylands pups for replanting.

Water conservation and sustainable living in the desert are important to the mission of The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. Prior to opening in 2012, Sunnylands implemented several programs to lower ...

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Sunnylands Hailed as “Remarkable Gift to the Nation” by Riverside County

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Front row, Eric Ornelas, Janice Lyle, Supervisor Benoit, Geoff Baum; back row, Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, Supervisor John F. Tavaglione, Vice-Chairman Marion Ashley

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors honored The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands with a proclamation on August 5, calling Sunnylands a “treasure” and “remarkable gift to the nation.” Jani...

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Sunnylands Summer Schedule Announced

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 2014: RANCHO MIRAGE, CA – Public tours and programs at Sunnylands Center & Gardens continue throughout May and June, 2014. Sunnylands Center & Gardens will be closed in July and August, reopen...

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Sunnylands in the Media 4/25/14

Friday, April 25, 2014

A pair of famous hummingbirds, Sunnylands Gardens as an escape from Coachella, bugs, birds and blooms in the Gardens, documents released by the Clinton Library, and the Obama administration's pivot to...

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Sunnylands in the Media 3/28/14

Friday, March 28, 2014

The efforts between the U.S. and China to lower HFC emissions, renovations inspired by Sunnylands, a new cookbook, and the ongoing soft power legacy of the 'shirtsleeves summit.'The White House Briefi...

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Sunnylands Spotlight: Rodin's "Eternal Spring"

Thursday, March 20, 2014

If you tour the main house at Sunnylands, you can't miss Auguste Rodin's sculpture of Eve in the center of the atrium. But even without a tour ticket, visitors can Rodin's Eternal Spring in a sun-dre...

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Desert water symposium begins at Sunnylands

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Reporters, policy makers, and residents from across the Coachella Valley gathered at Sunnylands on Wednesday, March 19, for a symposium on the state of the valley’s water supply. The gathering, Runn...

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Sunnylands in the Media 3/17/14

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sunnylands as "Camp David of the West," fashion designers take inspiration from Sunnylands, student data privacy, and internet governance in this edition of Sunnylands in the Media.The Washington Post...

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Sunnylands in the Media 3/3/14

Friday, February 28, 2014

Sunnylands's Modernist heritage, retreats on Homeland Security oversight, education technology, and President Obama's meetings with President Xi of China and King Abdullah II of Jordan are all in the ...

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Annenbergs, Sunnylands Honored

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sunnylands' leadership and service to the community was recognized at the annual Rammy Awards & Distinguished Citizens Dinner presented by the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce. More than 200 governme...

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Sunnylands in the Media 2/10/2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

The upcoming meeting between President Obama and King Abdullah II, California's worsening drought, a new US ambassador to China, Palm Springs Modernism Week, and Sunnylands as an inspiration for coutu...

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Statement on California Water Emergency

Friday, February 7, 2014

Statement on California Water Emergency by Geoffrey Cowan, president, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands February 1, 2014 The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands has taken significant measures t...

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Sunnylands in the Media January 17, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

The U.S.-China relationship, the growing Chinese film industry, internet piracy, and the artistic inspiration behind Sunnylands' arid landscape gardens can all be found in this edition of Sunnylands i...

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Sunnylands in the Media January 6, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sunnylands as a think-tank for directors, a look at the history of gracious entertaining at the estate, and the continuing impact of the 'Sunnylands summit' on U.S.-China relations. Variety Palm Sprin...

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Sunnylands in the Media December 20, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sacred Hopi and Apache artifacts, a rehash of the 'Sunnylands summit' by scholars and journalists, the future of internet governance, and the 'Best of the Valley' are all featured in this week's round...

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Guided Landscape Tours Added to Schedule

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

On Saturdays from November 2013 through April 2014, Sunnylands will offer a new guided tour of the historic grounds. The 90-minuted guided tour, which does not include access to the historic house, wi...

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Sunnylands Fall Tour Schedule

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sunnylands tours during the warm weather shift their emphasis to the interior of the house by introducing rooms not seen during the regular season. From September 5 through October, tours will include...

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Sunnylands Spotlight: Rodin's Eve

Monday, July 15, 2013

Watch: Conservation work on Rodin's Eve in the summer of 2013 The Annenbergs were known for their love of art.  Much of their collection - including works by French Impressionist painters such as Mon...

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Sunnylands to Close During Visit of President

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The White House recently announced that President Barack Obama will meet on June 7 and 8 at Sunnylands with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China. The primary mission of The Annenbe...

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Historic Course Enjoyed by Valley Government Leaders, Tourism Officials, and Local Press

Monday, May 6, 2013

Golfers warm up on the driving range.Scramblers at play.First Tee student Jovanni and Jeffery, the tiger.First Tee students begin their day on the greens.First Tee students walked the course with mentors.


The Sunnylands golf course has seen its share of famous players— from presidents and royalty to Hollywood stars. Now the course is part of The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands and is usually availab...

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Bugs in the Gardens

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A thematic family day that is part of Sunnylands Third Sundays program. After a successful program in 2012, we will again have a lady bug release in the Gardens. New in 2013 will be butterfly tagging,...

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Garden Walks and Birding Opportunities Available

Friday, December 28, 2012

Sunnylands Center & Gardens Offers a Variety of Garden and Birding OpportunitiesThe nine-acres of gardens at Sunnylands include more than 50,000 individual plants that are home to a wide variety of bi...

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Sunnylands Lecture Series

Monday, December 17, 2012

In 2013, Sunnylands is presenting a number of lectures on various topics that mesh with the organization's mission and programs. These free events, which require no reservation, take place at the City...

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Nightlife: A Series for Young Professionals

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Nightlife--on the second Wednesday evening of every month--begins February 13 and combines learning opportunities with networking and a tasting. Discussions ranging from art to business will be follow...

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Warriors & Veterans Hit the Sunnylands Course on Flag Day

Thursday, June 14, 2012


It was a perfect morning at Sunnylands for celebrating Flag Day 2012 and the men and women who defend the principals it stands for--active duty service members and veterans. Joining Sunnylands Presid...

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Desert Arc Enjoys Golf at Sunnylands

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

President Geoffrey Cowan interviewed by television newsOn the Sunnylands courseLegendary golfer Al Geiberger led a golf clinic and demonstration.Trustee Leonore Deshong, third from right, and President Geoffrey Cowan, far right, joined Desert Arc clients and The First Tee volunteers on the course.Trustee Leonore Deshong helps give awards to the Desert Arc clients.


There were lots of high-fives when Nic Fanocvic of Desert Arc chipped his ball up onto the green of the third hole of the historic Sunnylands golf course. Teammate Damion Hayes got some useful tips on...

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Sunnylands Institutes Green Vision Program

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands is committed to environmental sensitivity. The new Sunnylands Center, designed by Frederick Fisher & Partners, architects, received a LEED Gold rating. Sunnylands C...

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Sunnylands Opens March 1, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Public tours of the new Sunnylands Center & Gardens and the Sunnylands historic estate and residence will begin on March 1, 2012. The public opening follows a private dedication on February 12 and a p...

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The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands to Open

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, which incorporates the historic Annenberg estate and the new Sunnylands Center & Gardens, will open to the public in conjunction with Palm Springs Modernism Week, ...

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