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Community Arts Support
The Desert Art Center has been involved with community art programs since it was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in July 1950.  Its programs have evolved over the years and have expanded substantially since leasing and renovating the Frances Stevens school buildings in the mid 1990’s.  Below is a list of the Desert Art Center’s outreach activities over the last few years.  The organization is committed to continuing these activities in the future and to explore ways to expand educational programs.
  • The Desert Art Center's Art Education Fund  directly benefit the children, residents and visitors in the Coachella Valley.  This fund supports the DAC's Middle School Art Project, MSAP, which provides art instruction to middle school students from the Palm Springs Unified School District, who do not receive this in their schools due to lack of funding. This fund also provides grants to the PSUSD art programs for materials, field trips and other art related projects.
  • The Desert Art Center's Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to high school seniors who are pursing an art or design related degree at a college or university of their choice. 
  • Community events, specialized art classes and artist demonstrations provide opportunities for the art loving community, young and old, to experience local art in a non-commercial setting
  • "Meet the Artist" receptions every two months to share the work of the DAC artists with the community
  • Working artists share their skills with the public during gallery open hours
  • Approximately 10,000 Coachella Valley residents and visitors visited the DAC gallery every year
  • Over 200 community members attend each of four bi-monthly Artist Receptions and Gallery Openings
  • Approximately 100 DAC and community members attend our monthly ARTe (Art Experience) sessions, which include a recognized community artist demonstration or arts related educational session.  See our "Upcoming Events"  for schedule.
  • Member of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and have hosted Chamber mixers
  • Individual DAC members have special exhibitions in the DAC small gallery
  • Hosting the Annual Palm Springs Juried Art Show in the DAC large gallery for the month of February


550 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262  ●  PH: (760) 323-7973    info@desertartcenter.org

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