Palo Alto Art Center

Safe, outdoor painting classes for adults

participant in an outdoor painting class

Visitors to our "Through That Which Is Seen" exhibition

visitors look at miniature artwork

Ceramics classes for adults, children, and teens

image of hands on potters wheel

Art Center Teen Leadership

group of young artists printmaking

Family Days at the Art Center

three smiling children wearing visors they made at a Family Day

Project Look school tours

children making art in Project Look studio

The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to see and make art, activate your creativity, and expand your community. Created by the community, 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.

The Palo Alto Art Center is owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto as a program of the Division of Arts and Sciences, Department of Community Services. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation was founded in 1973 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial support and advocacy to the Art Center through a public/private partnership that allows us to enhance our reach and impact in the community.

Art Center facade