Arts All Summer Long! (Here’s Your Itinerary)

Need to quench your thirst for the arts this summer? The California Desert Arts Council serves up fresh itineraries for visual art lovers, architecture and design lovers, and music and stage lovers. Our arts concierge offers a fourth itinerary, which includes the best film, dance, heritage, and spoken word experiences.

“Curated each month for residents and visitors, the itineraries offer thoughtful, in-the-know recommendations and even a few bold dares,” says Christi Salamone, CEO of the nonprofit CDAC. “We’re here to help everybody navigate and appreciate our big, diverse arts and culture community.”

In lockstep with its mission to promote and empower local arts organizations, CDAC has begun sharing the itineraries on the homepage of its website, in social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), and via a free e-newsletter. They’re also reaching visitors and destination travel media through CDAC’s partnership with the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Here’s are highlights for an arts lover’s summer in the California desert:

Doug Aitken’s “Mirage,” created for Desert X, is on view through October 2017. Photos by Steven Biller.

• See Jeffrey Gibson’s Desert X installation, Alive!, in the south sculpture garden at Palm Springs Art Museum at 101 N. Museum Drive, Palm Springs. Then head 5 minutes north to Doug Aitken’s Desert X installation, Mirage, open from 3:30 to 7 p.m., in the Chino Canyon neighborhood of Desert Palisades at 1101 W. Racquet Club Drive, Palm Springs.

• Take a self-guided tour of the Coachella Walls murals in downtown Coachella. (Bring cold water!)

• Take a self-guided tour of the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum of Assemblage Art near Joshua Tree. (Bring cold water!)

• Explore recent contemporary acquisitions in the Palm Springs Art Museum’s permanent collection. Go straight to the third floor, then linger. Also enjoy current exhibitions, including John McLaughlin: The Tamarind Prints, at 101 N. Museum Drive, Palm Springs.

• Take in a film program (each consisting of four to eight short films) at the Palm Springs International ShortFest from June 20 to 26 at the Camelot Theatres.

• See the heartwarming musical In the Heights from July 7 to 16 at the Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs.

• Check out the solo-performance plays and summer cabaret, Jazz at the Rep, and classical music series plus Argentine tango dancers at CV Rep at The Atrium in Rancho Mirage.

• Take a guided or self-guided tour of modern homes and buildings in and around Palm Springs.

• See On the Grid: a look at settlement patterns in the high desert (through June 26), an exhibition focused around Lay of My Land, a major sculptural work by the Joshua Tree-based artist Andrea Zittel, at Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Center.