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In my mailbox today: 

Important Statement Regarding La Quinta Arts Festival
Dear Festival Partners, 

La Quinta Arts Foundation is writing to inform you that La Quinta Arts Festival will not be presented in 2020.

We sincerely thank you for your dedication and contributions to La Quinta Arts Festival.

Your support has been integral to the Festival’s achievements delivering great benefit for the City of La Quinta, its residents and visitors. 

Together, we have achieved great success presenting the best fine art festival in the nation, facilitating hundreds of artist’s livelihoods, and awarding more than $1.3 million in visual art college scholarships.

Please know that our work with local arts and culture activities will continue, including our successful scholarship program for local students.


This is a real loss to the art fair business. You think these events will always be there and to have such a solid show disappear is a shock. Such a very fine event that attracted the best artists in the business and the clientele that could appreciate and buy their work. I'm so sorry to be posting this here. From what I've read the show will not likely return after 2020.

Many thanks to the La Quinta Arts Festival Foundation that has built this fine event that has been a very bright light in the art fair business. We look forward to what Christi Salamone and Kathleen Hughes will bring us next. 

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Comment by Connie Mettler on Thursday

That is correct, Barry. Who would step in and keep the fine quality? I know not impossible, but we all know the money motive -- perhaps the city will sponsor and then raise booth fees/increase the # of exhibitors/"jury by check" ... not good at all.

From my sources it seems there is no La Quinta Arts Festival in the near future, the reason I started this thread in the first place.

Comment by Connie Mettler on Friday

I'd say it is definitely not going to be the La Quinta Arts Festival ... 

“The city has decided we want an arts festival in March,” Evans said. “We don’t want to be the arts festival, we want to partner with a new partner for the arts festival.”

As we know:

La Quinta Arts Foundation and the city jointly announced the cancellation of the prominent La Quinta Arts Festival in a June 13 news release.

A meeting attended by more than 100 people was held on July 10 to draw up recommendations for how a new show organizer would be chosen, with a deadline of July 14 for proposals, and an event to be held on March 5-8, 2020.


Scary ...

Comment by Sue Kroll on Friday

There were two articles on this....One was the cancellation of the show because they did not like the city's proposal (I didn't see what the dispute actually is over the city park), and another was them (artists, promotors, etc) having a meeting to do a show, not LQAF, in the new development.  I took that as there will be even another art show in the area.  How many shows does the valley need?  Indio's show has suffered over the years as less people are buying, etc., just lookie-loos.


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