Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at Gallery500

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February 15, 2017

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Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at Gallery500

Gallery features the work of seven D.A.P. clients

PALM SPRINGS, CA (February 15, 2017) – Join the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Palm Springs Mayor, Robert Moon, and leaders from Desert AIDS Project as they celebrate the DAP client art exhibit at Gallery500 — the new art gallery with an altruistic purpose. The ribbon cutting is February 16 at 5:30pm and will be followed by wine and lite bites.

The exhibition of D.A.P. client art at Gallery500, located in the Five Hundred on South Palm Canyon, was inspired by the building’s owner, John Monahan, and Valerio Iovino, Associate Director of Personal Development and Wellness for Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.). Iovino had been looking for a gallery where he could showcase some of his clients’ artwork, which is part of the D.A.P. mission of assisting clients in finding jobs—many of whom are HIV+ men who have been on disability and have not worked in years.

“We are happy to offer D.A.P. artists a place to exhibit their work. I walk through Gallery500 several times a week, and I’m so impressed by the talent of these artists,” says Monahan. The D.A.P. artists’ exhibits will be staggered so there will be new works in the gallery every couple weeks and the featured artist will rotate out every two to three months. The total number of artists will vary depending upon what is offered by each artist, but the gallery’s goal is to maintain a balance of different artistic styles.

“All of the [D.A.P.] artists are very excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity,” says Iovino. “Their confidence and overall well-being have improved tremendously.”

Gallery500, The Five Hundred, 500 South Palm Canyon Drive, 760-864-6500,,

About Desert AIDS Project

Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering D.A.P. Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services.  D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and free HIV and HCV testing. D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future.  D.A.P. is rated a “Top 20 HIV Charity” by Visit,, and to learn more.



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