When you donate to the Desert Art Center you are directly supporting the arts in the Coachella Valley. Whether you donate directly to one of our funds, sign up for membership, purchase art in the gallery, buy a mask, or enroll in classes and workshops, every penny spent with DAC goes to keep our operations, facilities and community outreach programs vital and thriving.

We thank you for your support!

Donate by Mail: Desert Art Center, PO Box 2813, Palm Springs CA 92262

DAC Operations Support

Terry Masters was a Plein Air oil painting instructor with Desert Art Center. His Tuesday classes were attended by students who had followed and painted with him for decades. The Desert Art Center was very close to Terry’s heart and helped solidify his place as a desert painter in Palm Springs.  This fund supports daily operations at DAC, enabling us to continue to provide classes in Plein Air painting and excellence in fine art instruction across all traditional media.

We are proud to offer this fund in Terry’s name, and grateful that it will help the Desert Art Center continue to thrive as a center for inspiration and education for future artists. 

We thank you for your donation.


Scholarship Fund

Since 1965 the Desert Art Center has been awarding scholarships to graduating seniors from local high schools planning to pursue an art or design related degree at a college or university of their choice. Since 1979, over 120 students have received close to $50,000 in scholarships. Students get to hang and show their artwork at a gallery reception.

Middle School Art Program (MSAP) Fund

In 2012 the Middle School Art Program was implemented to provide art classes for middle school children (6th, 7th and 8th graders) from the Palm Springs Unified School District. About 80 students every year attend classes in drawing, water color, printmaking and clay working that they would otherwise not enjoy due to public school funding cuts.

General Support Fund

In planning for the future of the Desert Art Center this important fund was established in 2017 to set aside funds for the upkeep, maintenance and expansion of the DAC’s facilities and programs.

Art Education Fund

Our Art Education Fund supports our Student Art Show and provides the funds for grants to PSUSD art teachers.  Each year approximately $2 -$3000 are distributed to local art teachers.

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