California Desert Arts Council (CDAC) unifies, empowers, and promotes arts and culture in the Coachella Valley region through initiatives in advocacy, business and professional development, cultural tourism and promotion, and education. We believe the arts in all forms and constructs are vital to thriving communities. California Desert Arts Council champions vibrant, diverse, and exceptional arts and culture in the Coachella Valley region.

Kristen Dolan joined the California Desert Arts Council as managing director in 2021 following a decade of service with the Coachella Valley nonprofit organizations Operation Safehouse, OneFuture Coachella Valley, and most recently United Way of the Desert, where she was Director of External Affairs. In each of these roles, Kristen was responsible for telling the organizations’ stories with the objective of educating the public and inspiring giving and investment. In 2022, the Pennsylvania native and Nova Southeastern University graduate was promoted to Executive Director, and today is laser-focused on advocating for and connecting resources for the arts and culture community and creating opportunities for talented young people on their trajectory in the Coachella Valley’s creative economy.

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