ABOUT HIGH DESERT TEST SITES
High Desert Test Sites is a platform for art and experiences that enables us to step outside everyday life and envision new possibilities. The nonprofit arts organization is based in Joshua Tree, CA. Over the course of the last 20 years, HDTS showcased 460 artists,12 expansive site-specific programs and 25 solo projects.
In January 2022, HDTS took over management of the programs and infrastructure of A-Z West, founding Director Andrea Zittel’s lifework located on eighty acres in the California high desert next to Joshua Tree National Park. Since its inception, A-Z West has functioned as an evolving testing ground for living—a place in which spaces, objects, and acts of living all intertwine into a single ongoing investigation of what it means to exist and participate in our culture today.
These structural transitions have expanded the mission for the organization, as well as presented new opportunities for programming.
HDTS will launch a new residential Fellowship program in Fall 2023 with our inaugural Fellow Eric-Paul Riege. This curated program invites artists to spend extended time in residence while creating work that engages our local community. In addition, HDTS hosts ongoing residencies, workshops, and exhibition-based projects on the grounds of A-Z West – and is developing an educational program for local students.
Learn more at our interim website www.HDTS.site and at the HDTS archive https://archive.hdts.site/
ABOUT THE JOB
HDTS is seeking an Executive Director who will continue to grow the creative vision of the organization and expand it’s reach and impact. They will be forward thinking with a passion for growing our support base to develop a stable, sustainable financial future. They will be an enthusiastic, articulate communicator who can demonstrate our mission to funders, public officials, partners, and community members. In tandem with our small staff, they will be hands on and knowledgeable about the daily operations of a nonprofit organization.