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Victor Valley Arts and Education Center is a 501c3 California nonprofit founded in 2013. Our mission is to advance the arts and literacy.


Exploring the Literature of the California Desert

Exploring the Literature of the California Desert will host writing workshops, readings and public discussions of prose and poetry inspired by the California Desert. Some works – like Mary Austin’s lyrical classic novel The Land of Little Rain – date back over 100 years. Aspiring and published authors will participate, including Professor Ruth Nolan from […]

2019 High Desert Book Festival, Oct. 12

Co-sponsored by Hesperia Recreation & Park District and the City of Hesperia Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and exhibitors for another successful book festival. Here are a few pictures from this year’s festival. See you next year!  2019 High Desert Book Festival 

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Region-at-Large Partner

Our nonprofit is proud to once again be a Region-at-Large Partner for the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the longest-running national recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. Please contact us if you would like to participate as a juror. Past Alumni from the Award’s nearly 100-year history include Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, […]

Wordsmiths Membership

  BECOME A MEMBER OF THE WORDSMITHS. BOOKS: Let’s read and critique them, write them, help each other get past writer’s block, and enjoy lectures by noted authors. Email us at for membership information.  

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Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Our nonprofit is privileged to have had a couple of these wonderful fundraisers through Barnes & Noble, where a percentage of the sales for a given week are targeted to a specific nonprofit. We will let you know when another of these is coming up and provide you with the code to enter for purchases in store […]


Adult Literacy Training Program. EACH ONE / TEACH ONE Can there be anything more important than the ability to read? We think not. Living as a literate person is probably second only to having employment, food and shelter. And in order to successfully have those things, one’s ability to read and comprehend what you read […]

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The Music Man!!

Our Executive Director, Davida James, worked with The Town of Apple Valley as a consultant on “The Music Man”, the first live theater production for the Town held at its Amphitheater. MM flyer 14 FINAL

Advancing the Performing Arts in the Victor Valley

Our MISSION is to enrich the lives of the Victor Valley community by advancing access to the performing arts and educational opportunities that advance artistic pursuits. We are located in the Mojave High Desert in California. Our long-term goal is to build a dedicated, state-of-the-art performing arts center in the High Desert. Join us!

LOVE Letters – Performance

Victor Valley Arts and Education Center was awarded a $10,000 grant in November, 2013 to stage “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney for underserved residents in the community. We produced the play at five locations throughout the High Desert in 2014, as well as for the residents of The Aspen at Sun City Apple Valley by […]