CVAC was designed to cultivate introductions – new concepts, new art, artists, community, history – all cross-pollinating in an atmosphere of inquiry and accomplishment. The Coachella Valley Art Center was designed to be a place where new intersections of art and culture emerge. In times where our community relies on the Arts more than ever CVAC will serve as an epicenter of creative output.
CVAC is an outgrowth of the Coachella Valley Arts Alliance. For over a decade the mission of the CV Arts Alliance has been “to enhance the creative vitality of the Coachella Valley.” CVAC is the beginning of a solution to meet the needs of the Coachella Valley’s ever-growing creative community. CVAC is headquartered in a 17,000 square foot building that has been a part of Indio’s downtown for decades. Along with cultivating artistic growth and exposure within the community, CVAC will also showcase and preserve the founding ideas and history of Arts' creative ancestors through gallery exhibits and a wide range of educational programs and workshops.
As of July 2011, The CVAC building began major renovations. What was once the CV Printing Company is becoming studios for painting, photography, glass, printmaking and performance alongside the central area of gallery/exhibition space. Art classrooms, meeting and office space inside CVAC will be utilized by the Coachella Valley and Riverside County region. These efforts, like all community oriented projects, need community involvement and support. We invite you to join us in the process!
When renovations are complete, CVAC will present to the region a diverse art space brewing with creative energy. Artists will be working in their individual or group spaces creating various art forms. A creative variety of art classes will be taught at affordable rates. Exhibitions – historical, contemporary, to experimental will fill the exhibit spaces. Artists from valley cities and beyond will be given the opportunity to install their personal exhibits in CVAC's "Project Space". Performing groups will have a rehearsal space that is affordable. Community groups are invited to make use of the CVAC space to meet their needs. CVAC will host periodic events such as lectures and symposiums that will address the culturally diverse and timely issues of our day.