Celebrating 50 years of the Art Center

A photo collage of images of the Art Center over the years

Created by the community, for the community five decades ago, the Palo Alto Art Center serves as a testament to the potential of collective action. Fifty years ago, a group of Palo Altans recognized the value and potency of creativity for the city and the need to give it a home, and the Art Center was born.

The Art Center’s 50th anniversary programming will showcase the power of art to make a similarly profound impact—by promoting the themes of accessibility, social justice, community healing, and celebration. This golden anniversary will provide an opportunity to celebrate the value of art to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the larger community. Exhibitions and programs in conjunction with the 50th anniversary will reinforce the vital role of the Art Center in engaging the entire community around art, by enhancing our visibility, expanding our audiences, and fostering and developing stronger community partnerships.   

Palo Alto Art Center 50th Birthday Party

Sunday, May 15, 2022, 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, 94306

A photograph of a hand holding a cupcake with the text Join Us and May 15 3-5pm, Newell Rd, Palo Alto and the Art Center at 50 logo

The Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation invite the entire community to a free birthday party to celebrate our anniversary. This event will feature hands-on art activities, studio demonstrations, sweet treats, and a chance to view the current exhibition Creative Attention: Art and Community Restoration.