We appreciate your consideration and we depend on your generosity.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 6, Temecula, CA 92593 ~ Physical Address: 36701 Highway 79 South, Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 302-3837 ~ www.dorlandartscolony.org ~ info@dorlandartscolony.org
A California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

How can you help? Below is a list of how your donation can go to supporting Dorland:

Dorland Maintenance

  • Upkeep on necessary cottage maintenance (one year) = $3,000
  • Lake Ticanu reed clearance (monthly) = $180
  • COVID cottage cleaning = $60/per resident 
  • Sponsor an artist residency = $700 
  • Grounds maintenance (weekly) = $320
  • Tuning two pianos (yearly) = $1200

External Capital Needs

  • Slurry & repair main road = $25,000
  • 2 screen doors = $500
  • Finish exteriors of 4 cottages = $12,000 
  • Arts Center Capital Needs = $6,000

Office Capital Needs:

  • One file cabinet = $200
  • Two desk chairs = $400 
  • Website & software yearly = $2500
  • Website Upgrade plus training data management = $10,000
  • Website Video = $3,000 

Why Donate to Dorland Mountain Arts?

At its essence, Dorland is a natural sanctuary for artist residency and community.
All great societies are defined, in part, by their cultural contributions which include the arts. The arts are fundamental to our humanity and to the expressions of what it means to be human. Art ennobles and inspires us. Art fosters creativity, goodness, and beauty. Art is joy-giving and life-affirming. Art makes us better, as a people.

At Dorland, we see the arts as a vital attribute of healthy communities, strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically. The benefits of the arts persist even in difficult social and economic times.

Arts improve individual well-being. 63 percent of the population believe the arts “lift me up beyond everyday experiences,” 64 percent feel the arts give them “pure pleasure to experience and participate in,” and 73 percent say the arts are a “positive experience in a troubled world.”


Arts unify communities. 67 percent of Americans believe “the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity” and 62 percent agree that the arts “help me understand other cultures better”—a perspective observed across all demographic and economic categories.


Arts strengthen the economy. The arts and culture sector is a $730 billion industry, which represents 4.2 percent of the nation’s GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation, tourism, and agriculture (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis). The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $135 billion in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences), which supports 4.1 million jobs and generates $22.3 billion in government revenue.


Arts are good for local businesses. Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters—valuable revenue for local commerce and the community. Attendees who live outside the county in which the arts event takes place spend twice as much as their local counterparts ($39.96 vs. $17.42).


Arts drive tourism. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer, and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences. Arts destinations grow the economy by attracting foreign visitor spending. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that, between 2003-2015, the percentage of international travelers including “art gallery and museum visits” on their trip grew from 17 to 29 percent, and the share attending “concerts, plays, and musicals” increased from 13 to 16 percent.


Arts spark creativity and innovation.
Creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders—with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring. The Conference Board’s Ready to Innovate report concludes, “The arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd millennium.” Research on creativity shows that Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than other scientists.

The central mission of Dorland Mountain Arts is to provide a unique working retreat for writers, musicians, and visual artists by inspiring creativity in a secluded, natural setting.
Like so many who’ve been affected by the pandemic, this year has been very difficult for Dorland. The effects of COVID has deeply effected Dorland. Our current loss is $98,000, due to mandatory shutdowns, which represents a significant percentage of our annual operating budget.

Our losses come in the following ways:

  • Loss of 4-months of residency income due to shutdowns.   
  • Loss of 2020 income from US and global artists unable to travel for residency.
  • Loss of donor income due to COVID economic effects.
  • Loss of fundraising income from lack of event gatherings, workshops, and art exhibits.
  • Loss of Associate Artists fees during COVID.