Arts News Digest – September 2018

Itineraries for Culture Lovers – October 2018

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.

The application period closed August 15. Watch our blog for updates.



Our recommendations for September 2018


DESERT ICONS: Open now through October 21 at the new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center (aka YV Arts), this exhibition focuses on how 36 artists reflect on their experience in the High Desert. curator Michael McCall challenged artists to steer away from clichés and force viewers to think about what one may consider an “icon.” Info

POP-UP EXHIBITION: The Light Which Reveals the Alarming Ghosts, a pop-up exhibition of media-based installations, has been extended through at the Coachella Valley Art Center in Indio. Organized by LIFEWORK Gallery, the show features work by Griselda Calderon Lopez, Zach Fleming-Boyles, MLN17, and Kevin Townsend. Info

ART WALK: The galleries of the Backstreet Art District in Palm Springs welcomes guests September 5 to see their latest exhibitions and meet their artists. Info

WILD REIGN: Presented by Coachella Magazine, this group art exhibition (September 1-13) features Uncle Reezy, Mr. Bbaby, Flux Lugo, Cory Hamilton, Janet Zepeda, Lunafora, Kylie Knight, La Maniaca, Eater of Worlds, Frank Lemus, Father Akki, and Sofia Enriquez at Flat Black Art Supplies in Palm Desert. Info

LINES IN THE SAND: The exhibition opening September 8 at Palm Springs Art Museum explores the history of the desert through our relationship to the land. 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

DESERT PHOTOGRAPHY: Journey Through the Desert – The Road Less Traveled, a survey of photography from the early 20th century to today, continues through November 25 at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert. The show includes Stephen H. Willard, John Divola, Lee Friedlander, Karen Halverson, Wanda Hammerbeck, Richard Misrach, and Mark Ruwedel. Info

FLIGHT PLAN: The Birds of Sunnylands, an exhibition opening September 12 and continuing through June 2, 2019, at Sunnylands Center and Gardens, consists of 52 striking images produced by internationally recognized wildlife photographer Tim Laman. A regular contributor to National Geographic, Laman spent two years capturing the courtship dances, hunting habits, and mid-air acrobatics of many of the 130 species of birds that have been sighted at Sunnylands so far. Info