La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF), a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, was founded in 1982 by a group of civic leaders, including the newly incorporated city’s first mayor, Fred Wolff, and his wife Kay, “to promote and cultivate the arts.” They envisioned a cultural and artistic center that would spark development and attract residents and visitors.
LQAF produced a variety of arts-driven community building and self-enrichment programs, including exhibitions, competitions, tours, lectures, seminars, concerts, and performances as well as art appreciation instruction in elementary schools.
A 2016 partnership with the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Authority led to the formation of LQAF’s affiliate, the California Desert Arts Council (CDAC). In a short time, CDAC’s charge to unify, empower, and promote the arts in the Coachella Valley has delivered with a robust website, cadesertarts.org, that includes an arts and culture calendar, professional development tools, and comprehensive resources for arts leaders. CDAC informs the community through two monthly e-newsletters and also connects to the community through a variety of outreach programs.