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High School Arts

Scholarship Program

Each year since 1965, the Desert Art Center has awarded scholarships to high school seniors accepted to an art or design-related degree program at a credited art school, college or university.

In early spring, candidate students are invited to submit:

  • A completed application
  • A brief statement about themselves and their educational goals
  • Two or more pieces of their artwork
  • A letter of recommendation from their art teacher. 

Applicants should check our event calendar for submission deadline date.

Scholarships are awarded at a special presentation that recipients are expected to attend. Parents, families, teachers and friends are invited.

Applicants will be notified by email and a follow up letter.


For more information contact: Vaughan Davies, Scholarship Coordinator at

Student Art Shows

The Desert Art Center, in partnership with the Palm Springs Unified School District, presents an annual High School Art Show. Students from Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, and Palm Springs High Schools are invited to submit their finest artwork.

Shows take place in the Desert Art Center’s Studio Gallery for a week in the spring.

Visit our Events Calendar for details about the next High School Art Show

Grants to School Teachers

Grants are available to Art Teachers in Palm Springs Unified Schools District for the purchase of materials, equipment or transportation not normally covered by the school budget.


Contact Us for details.

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