Our Organization

“Cultivating a Creative Community”

Our Mission:
Cultivating a creative community using art advocacy as a platform to safely express, educate, empower and engage the Coachella Valley.

Our Story:
The Coachella Valley Art Scene started as a blog in 2008 by sarah Scheideman after she returned home from college and saw a void in her community that she wanted to fulfill.  After five years of blogging and events, The CVAS opened the doors to their first art gallery for a more tangible experience.  The gallery served as a creative incubator for the community. In January of 2015, The Coachella Valley Art Scene officially became a 501c3 NonProfit Organization.  We are currently in partnership with Westfield Palm Desert, located on the first level, open to the public on the weekends.

Our Services:
The Coachella Valley Art Scene is a creative incubator and cultural facility for residents of the Coachella Valley. Our arts and culture programming is substantially focused on serving, enhancing and developing the capacity of artists in our community to directly influence the creative industries within the Coachella Valley and neighboring cities.

  • Art & Music Festivals
  • Art Gallery Space
  • Civic Engagement – partnering with larger local companies to showcase emerging artists in the community
  • Creative Services
  • Networking Opportunities

Please help to keep our organization alive by joining as a Member and/or gifting a one-time tax deductible donation.
Any and all proceeds are greatly appreciated.

Celebrate. Cultivate. Educate.


Sarah Scheideman

Founder + Executive Director, Sarah Scheideman

“The Coachella Valley Art Scene started as a blog in 2008 after I graduated from UC Riverside (BA in Film & Visual Culture) and returned to the desert. When I came back I was looking for information on local art and music events to attend and I couldn’t find anything.  It was then that I became acutely aware of this burgeoning art community and the need to organize in order for it to thrive.  With my background and power of the internet, I launched a platform for artists and art enthusiasts via The Coachella Valley Art Scene. With a growing audience over the last eight years, the ‘Scene’ has emerged into something beautiful and bigger than myself.” –  Sarah Scheideman via CV Weekly

Read more about Sarah’s story on Desert Sun.

For any sponsorship, business and/or membership inquiries, please contact Sarah@TheCoachellaValleyArtScene.com

Thank you for your continued support!