Palo Alto Art Center

Painting classes for adults

Indoor painting class for adults


Artist Katherine Sherwood with her artwork

Ceramics classes for adults, children, and teens

image of hands on potters wheel

Art classes and summer camps for all ages

Outdoor summer camp for teens

Volunteers at a Community Day Event

Volunteers at a Community Day event

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 engage 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 though a public/private partnership that allows us to enhance our reach and impact in the community.

The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Acton Family Giving, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, the Palo Alto Community Fund, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, SVCreates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara, private donations, and members.




Photograph of Art Center entrance with mural and bright blue sky