Home of the Theater Arts Guild From 1949, it is appropriate that this historical building is TAG's home. Built as a USO building during World War II, the site served the community well. Later, the facility became a Community Center. Thereafter, there began a chronology of theatrical events. TAG, formerly named The Desert Theater Arts and Music Guild, staged "Waltz Dream" in 1949. The group produced as many as three musical productions annually until 1977.
After a reorganization, local theater activists revitalized the group, producing Ayn Rand's "The Night of January 16th" in 1983. Soon after, with incorporation, the name was abbreviated, and the present day Theater Arts Guild became a local entity. TAG has evolved and now produces as many as five (5) shows each season.
This bronze statue, sculpted and cast by TAG Life Member - Robert Campbell, is presented annually to the TAG member who has made conspicuous contributions to the performing arts during the previous year. The likeness is a tribute to Joseph Pratt, Sr., who was the chief motivator for the organization during its resurgence era in the early and mid 1980's. Pratt was the recipient of the original casting in 1984. Those who were honored in succeeding years with a re-casting of the work are named on a plaque in the Center for the Arts.
Mark Shoup, President
Paul Peterson, Vice President
Amy O'Neill, Secretary
Claudia Cortez, Treasurer