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Arts News Digest – October 2019

Itineraries | October

CDAC Installs Colorful 'Greetings' Mural in Downtown Palm Springs

California Desert Arts Council unifies, empowers, and
promotes art and culture in the Coachella Valley region
through advocacy, 
business and professional development, cultural tourism, and education.

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California Desert Arts Council introduces Arts Tank Greater Palm Springs, a funding platform for new, unique, innovative, and publicly accessible arts-based initiatives.

The program supports initiatives that stimulate cultural tourism, address a concern of a particular community, and engage a broad cross-section of residents and visitors in the Coachella Valley. 

CDAC welcomes high-quality pitches from all artistic disciplines, both from individuals and groups of creative people, as well as from the community’s arts and culture organizations.

Read the announcement about the inaugural grant recipients, Peter Tigler and Cat Chiu Phillips.


Our recommendations for October 2019


REACH FOR THE SKY: Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage presents a season-long exhibition, Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration, featuring totems by the Hunt family of Canadian First Nations artists and the musician and artist Herb Alpert. Info

OPEN STUDIOS: The 18th annual Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours is a free, self-guided tour of more than 100 artist studios in Joshua Tree and other High Desert towns. Visit the artists over three weekends: Oct. 5–6, Oct. 12–13, and Oct. 19–20.

CORAZON DE MEXICO: Visit the 1926 Smiley-Tyler Adobe House and peruse the exhibition Corazon de Mexico, featuring the Coachella Valley History Museum’s eclectic collection of Mexican folk art, including textiles, pottery, costumes, and wooden toys. The exhibition opens Oct. 5 and continues throughout the season. Info 

ART WALK: Visit artists in their natural habitat — their studios and galleries! — Oct. 2 during free-to-the-public Backstreet Art District Art Walk in Palm Springs. Info

SHAPING VISION: Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism — showcasing paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Willem de Kooning, Édouard Manet, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and others — closes Oct. 13 at Palm Springs Art Museum. Info

BRAVE NEW WORLDS: Five Southern California artists — Kelly Akashi, Gisela Colon, Victoria Fu, Karen Lofgren, and Adee Roberson — come together in “explorations of space,” through Dec. 15 at Palm Springs Art Museum. Info

FLIGHT PLAN: The Birds of Sunnylands, an exhibition of 52 photographs taken last season by National Geographic lensman Tim Laman at Sunnylands Center and Gardens, is on view through May 2020 at the Coachella Valley History Museum in Indio. Info

BEE OUR GUEST: S.C.R.A.P. Gallery’s exhibition Bee Our Guest reflects the impacts of pollution, pesticides, habitat loss, and climate change that threaten the survival of the bee species. Another exhibit features artwork inspired by bees, butterflies, bats, and other pollinators and made from recycled materials. Info

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