CDAC unifies, empowers, and promotes the arts in the California desert through its programs in advocacy, business and professional development, cultural tourism, and education.


CDAC hosts arts and community leaders for a placemaking and marketing workshop.
CDAC hosts arts and community leaders for a placemaking and marketing workshop.


Arts Tank Greater Palm Springs is an exciting support platform for creative innovation that stimulates cultural tourism, addresses a concern of a particular community, and engages 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. Click donate to Arts Tank Greater Palm Springs.


The desert is a place of pure light, space, and energy, where an expansive landscape and grand sky meet at a deep horizon and invite long contemplation and wandering minds. The light and lore of the land and its people inspire boundless innovation and wildly distinctive expressions in architecture and design, art and photography, music and dance, and theater and stage. From the rugged contours of Joshua Tree to the otherworldliness of the Salton Sea, the vast desert encourages freedom and discovery. Fueled by awe and wonder, artists reach beyond their perceived limits and create works that speak to the soul — rich in the authenticity, grandeur, style, and spirit of this special place. 

Arts Wide Open® is a framework and unifying identity for the boundless expressions of art and culture throughout the California desert, promoting the destination’s outstanding art, music, theater, dance, architecture, design, literature, and heritage under a unified brand. CDAC aggregates existing experiences and works with institutions and artist producers to create and expand programs for this platform.



Greater Palm Springs earned the World Festival & Event City designation from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) in 2016, joining other premier destination cities around the globe.  Download logo


CDAC invites creative professionals, arts and culture administrators, businesses and tourism leaders, and public officials to participate in training and networking events, which include salons and workshops of a variety of trends and professional development topics. Our programs move to different hosts across the Coachella Valley so participants can experience a variety of venues.


California Desert Arts Council created the Art Loan Program to connect artists to local businesses and their patrons.

The Art Loan program serves the Coachella Valley region and welcomes artists able to fulfill the local delivery installation requirements. Artists interested in participating should read the guidelines and complete the online application.

When local establishments request artwork to loan, CDAC assesses their needs and draws from its database of available artwork to recommend works to install. Businesses interested in loaning artwork for their establishments should e-mail an inquiry to CDAC with "Art Loan Inquiry" in the subject line.


CDAC partners with OneFuture Coachella Valley to produce Meet the Creatives, a half-day career explorations experience for high school juniors and seniors interested in careers in arts, media, and entertainment. Hosted each October by UCR Palm Desert Campus, the program accommodates 180 students representing all three public school districts in the Coachella Valley. The students interact with more than 50 creative professionals during portfolio reviews, mock interviews, and career panels in digital storytelling, photography, digital design and animation, visual and performing (fine) arts, and creative writing. Students also learn soft skills and resume writing tips, and enjoy networking time with the professionals.


Our partnerships with public and business leaders will help shape cultural policy and gain funding and support for our region’s arts community.

Help support these partnerships by doing your part!



The following organizations provide resources and tools to help you speak up for the arts.


Funders Alliance of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties increases communication, collaboration, and coordination among regional funders.


Californians for the Arts increases public awareness of the importance of the arts and ensures that the arts are an ongoing part of the public dialogue.

California Alliance for Arts Education promotes, supports, and advocates for visual and performing arts education for preschool through post-secondary students in California schools.

The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a statewide membership organization that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities we serve.


Americans for the Arts serves the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies unites, represents, and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies.