Arts News Digest – May 2019

Itineraries for Culture Lovers – May 2019

'Greetings' Mural Installed in Palm Springs

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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 May 2019


ART WALK: Artists open their studios and galleries during two art walks on May 1 — at The Art Place in Palm Desert and the Backstreet Art District in Palm Springs — and one on May 4 at the Muse Creative Center in Palm Springs.

LOCAL COLOR: The fourth annual Artists Council exhibition, Artistic Expressions, showcases works in a variety of styles and media by local artists through May 17 at UCR Palm Desert. All artwork is available for purchase. Info

POWER PLANTS: ArtsTank Greater Palm Springs grant winner Cat Chiu Phillips presents the site-specific installation Power Plants, calling attention to the tonnage of e-waste generated across the globe, through May 24 at College of the Desert. Info

40 UNDER 40: The second annual Gui Ignon Memorial Exhibition for Young Artists opens May 4 at the CREATE Center for the Arts in Palm Desert. The show features local artists 40 years of age and younger and awards cash prizes to winners announced at the opening. The exhibition continues through June 22. Info

PHOTO FEST: Palm Springs Photo Festival, aka Connect 2019, runs May 5–10 with a robust lineup of workshops, seminars, portfolio reviews, presentations by renowned image-makers, networking events, and more. Info

STUDIO TOUR: Cool off and see some fine paintings, photography, and sculpture May 11 during the Idyllwild Art Tour. Collect two free raffle tickets at each venue and meet at the Courtyard Gallery at 4 p.m. to see if you won. Info

LINES IN THE SAND: The exhibition, at Palm Springs Art Museum through Aug. 11, explores the history of the desert through for themes: land, light, people, and place. It features highlights from the museum’s collections of indigenous art, depictions of the California desert through painting and photography, and contemporary art inspired by the physical and cultural environment of the state. Info

FLIGHT PLAN: The Birds of Sunnylands exhibits 52 photos of the more than 130 species of birds that migrate here every year, all photographed at Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage over the past two years by wildlife photographer and ornithologist Tim Laman. Info