Thanks to the City's innovative Art in Public Places program, residents and visitors alike find Palm Desert to be a beautiful, art-filled environment in which to live. It’s easy to indulge your artistic side in Palm Desert – just look around at the more than 150 artworks in the City's collection. Not only will you find stunning, larger-than-life sculptures, but you'll also discover countless objets d'art throughout the City's landscape – like bus shelters designed with desert-modern sensibility or serene sculptures with trickling water.

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Experience the Art

Start your exploration of Palm Desert's Public Art Collection at Palm Desert Visitor Services inside Palm Desert City Hall, where you can pick up a free copy of the Palm Desert Art & Architecture book. Armed with that and a downloadable Public Art Map, you're ready to set forth on your art quest. Before you do, though, be sure to take in the latest exhibition in the Palm Desert Community Art Gallery, also conveniently located inside the North Wing of Palm Desert City Hall. 
Another great way to experience the art is to take a free docent-guided Public Art Tour. Tours are available on select Saturdays of each month from September through May. For details on the next tour, visit the Palm Desert Events calendar, or follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all our offerings. If the regularly scheduled tours don't fit your schedule, groups of three or more can contact the Public Art Department to set up their own free tour.
If you want a preview of the 2017/2018 El Paseo Exhibition from anywhere, or if you want to learn more about the artworks and artists while onsite, download our new app by Otocast at your app store. 


Public Art Special Events

The Public Art Department and the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert Graduate Center present an acclaimed Public Art Documentary Film Series monthly on the third Thursday of the month from January though April of each year. Films are screened free of charge, and are followed by a question and answer session with local experts on topics related to the film.

For Professionals

Individuals interested in artist opportunities or the Palm Desert Artist Registry will find additional information on the Art in Public Places page on the City of Palm Desert's government website. Developer Information can also be found there.