Desert Sands Unified School District choral students will “sing their hearts out” Monday evening in a bid to collect donations to fund district art and music programs, according to organizers.

The fourth annual Children’s Art and Music Festival, which is streaming online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, raises money to support art, music, dance, theater and film programs for district students at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

CAMFest — rebranded this year as CAMFest Goes On! 2020 — kicked off Sunday with a nearly 14-minute video showcasing various student art projects submitted by district teachers.

Organizers will continue posting daily videos to the event’s website and social media platforms through Saturday, when a mash-up video billed as a grand finale presentation will be featured. The event is free to watch, but organizers say donations are greatly needed.

CAMFest ordinarily sees students showcase their talents on several stages throughout the course of the normally daylong event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The challenge for this year’s event became how to sum up the students’ 2020 experience virtually, spurring organizers to beckon videos and photographs from district teachers.

Those clips have been edited into videos and grouped by art form — one day for dance, another for theater, etc. — and will be streamed online for free throughout the week.

Organizers typically generate thousands of dollars each year from donations and ticket sales, but this year, organizers say they are banking on the generosity of the community more than ever.

Additional information about CAMFest and how to donate can be found at

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