About Action 29 Palms
Action Council for 29 Palms, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operated by a volunteer board of directors and community volunteers. Nicknamed “Action 29 Palms,” our mission is to revive the pioneer “can do” spirit and instill community pride.
Action 29 Palms has completed 25 murals that reflect the community’s rich history and its love of nature. Each mural has been completed or supervised by a renowned muralist. Even our community outreach program, “Mural-In-A-Day (or a weekend),” which relies on the participation of local amateur artists, is conducted under the guidance of a prominent muralist.
Our mural program has been so successful that, in 1997, it inspired the City of Twentynine Palms to formally adopt the name “Oasis of Murals.”
We are funded solely through donations, sponsorships, and the sale of mural prints and merchandise. Every dollar we receive goes directly to the creation, maintenance, and repair of our murals or to fund community programs such as our annual Chalkfest, which has provided opportunities for children and adults to participate in art projects.
Media coverage in the New York Times, the Miami Herald, the Denver Post, Huell Howser’s California Gold and Peter Jennings’ World Wide News has spurred tourism in Twentynine Palms, encouraged a revitalization of the downtown area, and raised international interest in Joshua Tree National Park, adjacent to Twentynine Palms.
Our work has received awards from the City of Twentynine Palms, the County of San Bernardino, and the State of California. Our commitment to excellence was recognized by the international community in 2000, when Twentynine Palms was chosen to host the 2000 Global Mural Conference, the first to be held in the U.S.
We are proud that Action 29 Palms has been able to add to the social, cultural, and economic wellbeing of the community while preserving the integrity of our environment and heritage.
We are a member the Global Mural, Arts and Cultural Tourism Association; a founding member of California Public Art and Mural Society (CALPAMS); and a charter member of California Public Arts Association, Inc.(CALPAA).