La Quinta Art Scene: Where to Celebrate Culture, Meet Locals

La Quinta’s rich history in the Coachella Valley dates before the 1700s. With such deep roots in the area, the city proudly showcases its heritage through a lively arts and culture scene featuring public art, galleries and events that bring the community together for one purpose: to celebrate local artists. In La Quinta, visitors will find new activities and special items to bring home, all of which represent this thriving resort town. Read on to learn about the La Quinta art scene and how best to experience it.

5 Ways to Experience the La Quinta Art Scene

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Photo: La Quinta Arts Foundation

Attend the La Quinta Art Festival

Rated one of the top art festivals in the U.S., La Quinta Art Festival welcomes arts and culture lovers to explore works by over 200 artists in multiple mediums. Pair that with scenic views, sunshine, live music and food, and it’s easy to see why the events draws over 25,000 attendees per year. The event occurs the first week of March, and all ages are welcome, but please leave the pets at home.

View Public Art

Those taking a La Quinta vacation will notice that public art is everywhere. The city preserves the area’s character through displays and pieces located throughout the city provided by the Art in Public Places Program.

The program has placed 28 pieces of art in La Quinta for guests to enjoy while they’re enjoying daily activities. The display starts with the Entrance Monuments as guests arrive via Highway 111. From there, other sites to see include pieces showcasing desert scenes and history located at area businesses, such as car washes, hardware stores and on streets downtown. In the village, see local art in Old Town, at the Civic Center Park, wellness centers, city hall and the La Quinta Library, a favorite for all ages. View the full map of public art in La Quinta.

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Take a Class, Shop Galleries

In addition to major art attractions, La Quinta houses nearly a dozen art galleries and studios. Among them, visitors should check out Old Town Artisan Studios, a nonprofit organization that allows guests of all ages to create their own masterpieces. For young children and adolescents, the studio offers clay, ceramic, drawing and glass classes. Meanwhile, adults may try ceramics, sculpture and glass. Another top place to make or buy art is Sm’Art Studio, which offers a variety of pieces made from glass, ceramics, painting, mixed media and more.

Explore La Quinta Museum

One of the must-see attractions showcasing the La Quinta art scene is the La Quinta Museum. This two-story museum features a diorama of a Cahuilla Indian village, native animals, photography and more that represent the area’s rich culture and history. One of the top sites is the 32-foot mural in the community room painted by Andre Blanche. After learning about the area, stop by the museum store to pick up souvenirs and handcrafted items made by local artists.

Visit Old Town

To experience La Quinta architecture and the latest fashions, visit Old Town, La Quinta’s main shopping district. Old Town houses dozens of shops, restaurants, salons and places to sit outdoors to admire the area. In addition to shopping options, Old Town also hosts annual events, such as Art on Main Street, which features over 80 artists and original works. Get the scoop on Old Town La Quinta.

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