Cultural Kaleidoscope

Cultural Kaleidoscope is a unique artist-in-the-schools program that links the neighboring and diverse communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, building bridges through the arts. By partnering K-5 classrooms from the Palo Alto Unified School District and Ravenswood City School District, Cultural Kaleidoscope fosters connections between students from diverse backgrounds.



CULTURAL KALEIDOSCOPE is an interdisciplinary program that is offered FREE to participating schools. The program:

  • Integrates the visual arts with other curricular areas such as language arts, social studies and science through innovative and sequential lessons.
  • Fosters the 21st-century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication—the building blocks of the Common Core State Standards—through discussion, collaborative learning and artmaking experiences.
Superintendent's Award for Excellence in Museum Education

2017-2018 Cultural Kaleidoscope Brochure

For more information about the Cultural Kaleidoscope Program please call Shae Iwasaki at 650.617.3513 or email

Teaching Artists for the 2017-18 School Year

tempera portrait of Michelle Thomas

tempera self-portrait of artist Sue Emsley

Watercolor Self-Portrait of Teaching Artist Alejandra Hermandinger

Michelle Thomas

Sue Emsley



Watercolor Self-Portrait of Teaching Artist Sarah Joy Cabana

Watercolor Self-Portrait of Teaching Artist Gertrud Turner


Sarah Joy Cabana

Gertrud Turner

Participating Schools for the 2017-18 School Year

The Palo Alto Art Center is proud to work with classes in the following schools during the 2016-17 school year:

Palo Alto Unified School District: Ravenswood City School District:


Last Updated: Nov 6, 2017