Ric and Rozene Supple founded the non profit Palm Springs Cultural Center in 2007. They are long-time residents of the Coachella Valley, having moved here full-time in the early 1970s. They live in Smoketree Ranch, where Rozene’s parents were among the original owners.
The Supples owned and operated R&R Radio Corporation, which was comprised of two FM stations and three AM stations, for almost fifty years. In 1999, they bought and refurbished the historic Camelot Theatres building, and turned it into a three-screen movie complex with a full bar and restaurant. In 2017, they gifted the building to the Palm Springs Cultural Center.
The Supples’ list of charitable donations over the years is long and varied. Their gift to Desert Regional Hospital made possible the G.A. Richards Trauma Center (in honor of Rozene’s late father) and Rozene’s bequest to the Palm Springs Unified School District for the new Richards Center for the Arts (also named for Rozene’s father) are just two examples. The Supples were also among the founders of the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center reflects the Supples’ legacy and lifelong dedication to culture and the arts, broadly defined. The non profit incubates, produces and encourages arts and cultural programs in order to leverage the unique power of creativity to open minds, bridge what divides us, and discover what connects us. Its programs include film festivals, farmers’ markets, live performances, art installations and lecture series – all of which act as creative inspiration points – expanding our learning and building meaningful relationships with the people and the natural environment around us.
As an organization, The Palm Springs Cultural Center is also at the forefront of recognizing the interconnection between the cultural arts and food culture, and their combined importance to the vitality, collective consciousness and sustainability of the community.