INDIO — As part of the city’s commitment to fostering a thriving and engaged community, the city will begin operating its own arts center in 2024. The new initiative is aimed at revitalizing Downtown Indio and placing an emphasis on art programs for residents and the greater community.

Known for its rich cultural heritage, the city is embarking on this new endeavor to better serve its residents through its dedication to the arts. The city’s goal is to enliven Downtown Indio and create a welcoming space where artists, residents and visitors can come together to celebrate the arts in all their diverse forms.

The new arts center will operate out of a city-owned building in Downtown Indio, located at 45140 Towne Street. The lease agreement for the city-owned building, issued to Coachella Valley Arts Center, began in 2011. After the lease ended in 2014, the Coachella Valley Arts Center continued to operate the space on a month-to-month basis.

“This innovative arts center will be spearheaded by our dedicated Public Arts Analyst, Leila Namvar, and this endeavor is a crucial step in Indio’s overall Downtown revitalization plan,” City Manager Bryan Montgomery said in a statement, “Leila brings a wealth of experience and creativity to this venture, and we are excited about the opportunities the center and its programs will bring to our residents and community at large.”

Programming for the arts center will feature a wide range of events, from visual arts exhibitions and artist talks to interactive workshops and classes. The arts center will continue to serve as a platform for local artists, fostering their talent and providing them with opportunities to showcase their work to a broader audience. Additionally, a strong focus on the younger generation will ensure that children and teens have access to arts education, summer programs, and creative outlets that will help them thrive and grow.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Coachella Valley Arts Center for their significant contributions to our community. Over the years, they have played an integral role in shaping the City of Indio’s arts presence,” said Leila Namvar, Public Arts Analyst. “As we transition into this new chapter, we are excited to transform this space into a hub of artistic expression.”

The City of Indio has prioritized the revitalization of Downtown Indio through the adoption of the 2022-2024 Strategic Plan. A multitude of businesses and restaurants have opened their doors, including Little Street Music Hall, Encore Coffee, and AMP – Academy of Musical Performance, in Downtown Indio or are currently in the development phase of their space. The city is also nearing completion of the Outdoor Living Room stage, where future events are expected to be held, including the free monthly concert series, Second Saturdays. The Outdoor Living Room stage is expected to open in early 2024.




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