The arts in all forms and constructs are vital to thriving communities. California Desert Arts Council (CDAC) champions vibrant, diverse, and exceptional arts and culture in the Coachella Valley region.


California Desert Arts Council (CDAC) unifies, empowers, and promotes arts and culture in the Coachella Valley region through initiatives in advocacy, business and professional development, cultural tourism and promotion, and education.


The arts positively impact cultural understanding, local economies, and quality of life.

The arts fuel the economy

The creative sector generates a raw impact of $1 billion per annum in the Coachella Valley.

ArtsOasis Creative California Desert Economic Study 2012


The arts offer satisfying jobs

1 in 5 people working in the Coachella Valley is employed in the creative sector.

ArtsOasis Creative California Desert Economic Study 2012


The arts create community

“Art is the practice of freedom. Culture enlarges our spirits; connects us to our past, our future, and each other; and enables the imagination and empathy that support individual and collective resilience.

Arlene Goldbard

The arts attract tourism

Even in difficult times, the cultural visitor stays longer and spends 53% more than local residents.

Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, Americans for the Arts


The arts shape well-rounded individuals

"Arts instruction increases achievement across all academic disciplines and develops the whole child. Art education can turn around failing schools and reconnect vulnerable and under-resourced students and their schools.”

MASS Creative

An investment in the region's creative economy is an investment in its long-term growth and vitality, as well as an investment in your own enrichment and quality of life.



The California Desert Arts Council’s Board and Staff are committed to supporting and advancing the arts without regard to ethnicity, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical disability, or source of income. CDAC will make every effort to make its volunteer pool and employee workforce representative and reflective of the communities in which it serves.



PO Box 6976

La Quinta, CA  92248


FEIN #47-4567732

Christi Salamone

Chief Executive Officer

Brittany Delany

Programs Coordinator

Jim Christian

Chief Financial Officer

Jasmine Duran

Programs & Volunteer Coordinator

Steven Biller

Development Officer