About the Downey Arts Coalition

The Downey Arts Coaltition empowers voices in the community through arts, culture, advocacy and partnerships. The Downey Arts Coalition was formed in 2011 as a reaction to the lack of opportunities and experiences in the many forms of arts and culture in our diverse community. Multicultural, multidisciplinary, and multigenerational, the Downey Arts Coaltition is a group of volunteers, artists, advocates, supporters, and partners that have produced hundreds of significant art exhibits, music, theatre, films, poetry, festivals, education, scholarships, and cultural events reaching the hearts and minds of thousands of those underserved by the arts in the community. The Downey Arts Coaltition has no physical space. It has no staff. It is a community based arts non profit organization composed of volunteers that choose to make a difference in the community. We want you to participate.

The Downey Arts Coalition is a public 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It was originally incorporated in 1967 as the Downey Art League. (EIN 95-2505168)

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Mailing Address

Downey Arts Coalition 
P.O. Box 5072
Downey CA 90241
562-419-2787 (ARTS) 

Board of Directors

  • Pat Gil, President
  • Alistair Hunter, Vice President
  • Eloisa Ball, Treasurer
  • Bianca Salgado, Secretary
  • Carolina Del Toro
  • David Devis
  • Dustin Garcia
  • Andrew Hernandez
  • Veronica Flores
  • Larry Dusich
  • Andrew Wahlquist (board member emeritus)

Updated December 2023

Art Submission Contacts

Downey Civic Theatre Art Exhibits: Email submissions to curator Andrew Hernandez, general information: ">Pat Gil

Statement on Cultural Equity Vision Statement

Our vision is to build bridges in our community through engagement with the arts in all its forms. Through collaboration among local arts organizations, public events, and civic advocacy we seek to develop a vibrant relationship between local artists and the community in and around the city of Downey.

Community Profile

The city of Downey has a population of over 100,000 residents, over 70% of those residents are non-white. The breakdown of the population by race or ethnicity is as follows: 13% white, 74% Hispanic (of various races and ethnicities) 6% non-Hispanic represents our community Asian and 3% non-Hispanic Black.

Downey Arts Coalition Representation through Action

Downey Arts Coalition seeks to represent our community by developing a Board of Directors that are from culturally diverse backgrounds.  It serves as a model for the community as an organization that celebrates the rich cultures and racial diversity that makes up the city of Downey.  Downey Arts Coalition purposely seeks to collaborate and promote visual artists, musicians, dancers, performers, filmmakers, and cross-disciplinary artists of all ages, and of different races, abilities, genders, sexual identities and cultural backgrounds.

Revisions Adopted November 6, 2018