Arts & Culture News – January 2020

Arts and Culture Itinerary | January 2020

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 January 2020


ART WALKS: Visit artists in their natural habitat — their studios and galleries — during the free-to-the-public Backstreet Art District Art Walk on January 1 in Palm Springs and El Paseo Art Walk on January 3 in Palm Desert.

ART FAIR: Take in a day of photography, paintings, ceramics, hand-painted silks, and more while supporting local artists and enjoying the natural beauty January 4 at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center. Info

ART ON MAIN: The free-to-the-public Art on Main Street comes to Old Town La Quinta January 4 and 18, featuring artists showing and selling paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, glass, woodwork, textiles, and more. 

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS: Billed as “one of the largest exhibitions of local, living artists in the Coachella Valley,” Creative Expressions, organized by the Artists Council, continues through January 31, and a reception is scheduled January 10, at UCR Palm Desert. Info

ARTS FESTIVAL: The Southwest Arts Festival runs January 23–26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. The lineup includes live music as well as pottery, glass, and painting. Info

3 GREAT SHOWS: Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert presents four exhibitions featuring historic works of art: The Californians, a survey of early impressionist and plein-air paintings; Theophilus Brown and Paul Wonner: Seen through Different Lenses, featuring the artists’ Bay Area figurative paintings; and Irving Norman: Dark Matter, highlighting the artist’s social surrealist unmasking of the world’s truths. The exhibitions continue through January 31.

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