Artist Organization
Cooperative Gallery
Arts Education Center
550 North Palm Canyon Drive 
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Welcome to the Desert Art Center 


Desert Art Center now in its 65th Season

Celebrate the Artists Who Brought Art 
to the Coachella Valley
1950 - 2015

The gallery is closed for the summer. 
Join us in October for the opening of our newly reimagined gallery space!

Check out the Desert Sun article on our history here
Visit the Palm Springs Visitor Center's blog on the DAC here

Congratulations to the 2015 DAC $1,000

High School Scholarship Winners

Christopher Hernandez Arellano - Anna Deluca Scholarship

Mt. San Jacinto High School - Teacher Taun Yo Jones Hidalgo

Benjamin Williams - Vaughan Davies Scholarship

Palm Springs High School - Teacher Rebecca Patterson

Isabella Castrodale - Margery Holly Scholarship

Palm Springs High School - Teacher Rebecca Patterson

Camry Clark - DAC Scholarship

Cathedral City High School - Teacher Marc Cruz

Maida Colo'n - DAC Scholarship

Desert Hot Springs High School - Teacher Rosa  Loughnane

Juan De Dios - DAC Scholarship

Mt San Jacinto High - Teacher Taun Yo Jones Hidalgo

Click here to check out the DAC Outreach Program -- Art Where U R

Grant Summary Reminder:  The eastern-most areas of the Coachella Valley are hugely underserved relative to artist support, art class opportunities and exposure to artistic methods and media.  Additionally, the cost of art supplies (paint, paper, canvas, clay, etc.) and the unavailability of local classes inhibits the development of talent and vision.  This disparity among desert communities is striking when compared to the concentration of artist supports, art instruction and commercial art galleries in the Palm Springs-to Indian Wells, Highway #111 corridor.  Through the ART WHERE U R project, DAC will reach out to three east-desert communities (Indio, Mecca/Thermal, and Coachella) to identify one day in each location for customized art instruction, community engagement and hands-on art work.  The project will touch the lives of emerging artists and will provide hands-on art instruction that embraces the multi-cultural (Native American, Anglo, Hispanic, Asian) and multi-lingual (e.g. mostly English and Spanish) communities.   DAC will partner with local arts organizations and community planners to identify the target population and coordinate space for the proposed classes.  DAC is rich with art teacher talent and will recruit art teachers who will team with a local artists and art organizations in the eastern valley communities. 

Funder = Arts Re-granting Program/Inland Empire (ARPIE)

Funded by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation

Art News

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What's Next at DAC! 

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09/16/2015 9:30 AM • Small Gallery
09/28/2015 10:00 AM • Main Gallery
10/01/2015 10:00 AM • Main Gallery
10/02/2015 6:00 PM • Gallery and Small Gallery
10/06/2015 10:00 AM • Small Gallery
10/10/2015 1:30 PM • DAC Auditorium: refreshments following
11/03/2015 10:00 AM • Small Gallery
11/07/2015 3:00 PM • Auditorium
11/07/2015 4:00 PM • DAC Auditorium: refreshments following
11/14/2015 9:00 AM • Small Gallery and Auditorium

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