The Museum underwent years of expansions, additions, and branching into that pursuits of various art forms, ultimately leading to the changing of the Museum's name in 2005 to reflect its focus on the arts as a whole.
Currently, the Museum boasts a vast and sophisticated collection of priceless historic artifacts that has been loaned or donated by the community's generous residents. The Museum is 28 galleries and consists of more than 150,000 square feet and has collections representing modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design and Native American and Western art. Within these collections, the Museum proudly houses pieces by world-renowned artists like Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Ansel Adams.
There are also two outdoor sculpture gardens, a cafe featuring American specialties, four classrooms/resources rooms, five storage vaults, an artists' center, an 85-seat lecture hall, a 433-seat theater, and a 1,000 square foot museum store with one of a kind gifts and mementoes.
The mission of the Palm Springs Art Museum is to serve the community as an innovative, creative, and culturally focused visual arts center. The hard-working staff at the Museum hope to reach this goal by continuously expanding their exhibits, programs and services. The Museum staff hopes to continue the original goal of Executive Director Frederick Sleight and remain “the prime cultural center of the desert".
The Museum and it's hard-working staff plan to achieve this goal by focusing on three important aspects of their mission statement: first, by preserving vibrant and unique cultures by focusing on their rich history and contribution to the community; second, by acquiring groundbreaking pieces of art and creating unique exhibitions; and third, by creating innovative educational experiences in various outstanding multi-disciplinary events.
With a museum filled with such rich history and emanating such a promising future in the visual arts, members of the entire family are sure to find something to entertain and inspire them at The Palm Springs Art Museum.
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