La Quinta Arts Foundation programs support the creative economy of the Coachella Valley through the promotion of arts education at every point along an individual’s educational and professional trajectory: encouraging young artists to create, awarding scholarships to promising college-bounds students, and providing access to professional development and opportunities.

Digital Arts and Media Certificate Program

Digital Arts and Media Certificate Program

La Quinta Arts Foundation funded the research and development for College of the Desert’s Digital Arts and Media Certificate Program — a collaboration with the school’s Partnership and Community Education (PaCE) office, which provides professional development, workforce training, and personal enrichment opportunities. LQAF also sponsors full scholarships for the certificate program’s first cohort, which begins in spring 2023.

Students in the Digital Arts and Media Certificate Program complete five essential skills workshops — Employability Skills & Career Exploration, Storytelling, Computer Basics for Digital Design, Social Media Design, and Interactive Web Design — and choose one career training program from the following:

  • Adobe Certified Associate
  • Digital Arts Certificate
  • Digital Game Artist Certificate
  • Graphic Design with Photoshop
  • Marketing Design Certificate
  • Multimedia Arts Certificate
  • Web Design Professional

Artists Council Young Artists Exhibition

Artists Council Young Artists Exhibition

La Quinta Arts Foundation became the presenting sponsor of the annual Young Artists Exhibition, a program of the nonprofit Artists Council that promotes arts education in public and private high schools across the Coachella Valley.

The exhibition (April 27–May 21, 2023) is an opportunity for student artists to participate in the juried process, see their art exhibited in a gallery, and engage in community programming.

This year, students address the theme of “truth” in a variety of two-dimensional and digital/video media and write an artist statement. Their work is judged on originality, interpretation and presentation of the theme, quality craftsmanship, creative use of materials, meaningful communication of ideas, and thoughtful use of color.

Artists and their families, teachers, and administrators are invited to the Young Artists Exhibition opening reception April 29 at the Artists Center at The Galen in Palm Desert.

In appreciation of the essential role of art educators in encouraging their students and supporting the exhibition, the Artists Council gifts a one-year membership to each participating teacher.