About the Downey Arts Coalition

The mission of the Downey Arts Coalition is to stimulate, develop, foster, encourage, and promote public interest in, and appreciation of the arts.


DAC began as a website in 2010 in search of artists and arts enthusiasts in Downey who would want to band together to improve the arts and culture scene in Downey.  Monthly meetings began in early 2011 with the goal of providing communication, collaboration, and a shared vision among artists and advocates to spur a new local arts movement. The group is open to anyone with a passion for the arts and a call to be involved in our community. We are an all-volunteer community service organization.

DAC has produced dozens of events in Downey, including several art shows at the Downey Theater, the local music festival Make Music Downey, theatre events such as Defying Gravity at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, monthly poetry nights, film screenings and more. Also involved in advocacy for the arts, the group has provided support to other local arts organizations, such as Downey Art Vibe, Downey Symphonic Society and the Downey Museum of Art.

Meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of the month, 12PM.  Because the location is subject to change, please sign up for the email list or check facebook to keep up with the details.

In June of 2012 the members of the Downey Arts Coalition joined to board of the Downey Art League to effectively merge the two organizations. The Downey Art League was incorporated in 1967 and is a non-profit 501(c)3 community organization.  Membership in the organization is $15 for individuals, $20 for families, for those wishing to be actively involved in the goals and direction of the organization.  Members receive agendas and minutes, and vote for the board of directors.

Mailing Address

Downey Arts Coalition
P.O. Box 5072
Downey CA 90241

Board of Directors

Andrew Wahlquist, President
Pat Gil, Vice President
Frank Kearns, Secretary
Art Montoya, Treasurer
Carolina Del Toro
David Devis
Don Lamkin
Monica Pucciarelli


DAC Open House Artist Mixers: Produced by , ,

Downey Master Chorale: , Music Director

Downey Theatre Art Shows: Curated by Pat Gil, Andrew Hernandez

Poetry Matters (on hiatus): Curated by 

Dia De Los Muertos show, Art booths at the Rooftop Concert Series: Curated by Carolina Del Toro