The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to see and make art, activate your creativity, and expand your community. Created by and for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 150,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs, including free-admission exhibitions, art classes for children and adults, school programs, and special throughout the year.
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre serves more than 57,000 community members each year with theatrical productions and programs for youth ages 3 through high school. Performing arts education opportunities include onsite classes, camps, and production experiences, as well as theatrical Outreach Productions (grades 3-5) and Dance in Schools classes (grades K-2) in all twelve PAUSD Elementary Schools.
The Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP) supports the vitality of the arts in Palo Alto by providing City-sponsored, affordable studio space for artists, building creative community and fostering public engagement with the arts and artists.
The Junior Museum & Zoo is a place where children and their caregivers come to explore, discover, create and play. Through hands-on science exhibits and a diverse community of live animals, your child's natural scientist will be nurtured.
The Zoo is home to more than 50 species of animals—about 200 specimens in all. Many of them are brought to schools as part of our Science Outreach program. Some of the animals include, raccoons, jungle bats, hedgehogs, ferrets, snakes, fresh water fish, invertebrates, birds, turtles and a giant tortoise! In the new Zoo, opening Spring 2021, we'll have many more animals, including flamingos, spoonbills, and meerkats.
In an addition to an amazing zoo, the Junior Museum offers numerous science programs for schools, community groups, and families, including summer camps and birthday parties.
The Palo Alto Public Art Program promotes the highest caliber of artwork, commissioning memorable public artworks and experiences that stimulate discussion and thoughtful reflection, celebrating Palo Alto’s character and enhancing civic pride and sense of place.