The ArtLift Microgrant Program is an ongoing special program launched in 2021. It provides funding for temporary projects by local artists and creatives with the goal of helping the community find connection and joy through the arts and creative outlets while encouraging play, belonging, community participation, and promote shared experiences in and around Palo Alto. Through funding temporary art projects and experiences in our commercial corridors and our residential neighborhoods, ArtLift Microgrants foster safe and creative ways to remain engaged in the arts, reconnect with each other, and come together as a resilient community. ArtLift is being presented in support of the city-wide Uplift Local efforts already underway with the purpose of connecting the community. Taking advantage of unique locations across Palo Alto, artists perform, create or place temporary artworks focused on play, community connectedness and shared experiences, resiliency, empathy, vibrancy, and recovery.
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Upcoming Free ArtLift Events in October
Dancing, Prancing, Handstanding with Glee! is a series of free pop-up performances with Artist and Performer Connie Kiko Chuang and Circus Acrobat Marina Mendoza engaging the public in playful dancing, acrobatics, and exploratory movement:
Friday October 7, 5 p.m. in Gamble Garden
Saturday October 8, 10 a.m. at the Downtown Farmers Market
Sunday October 9, 10 a.m. at the California Avenue Farmers Market
The Factronauts pop-up performance by artists Peter Foucault, Bryan Hewitt, Vita Hewitt, and Chris Treggiari. The Factronauts are "intrepid explorers sent by their parent agency, Nor-Cal Artists Seeking America (NASA) into the unknown and unfamiliar world of the contemporary United States". Meet them at Lytton Plaza Saturday, October 8 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and at the Town & Country Village on Sunday October 16, from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Artist Amber Smith will lead two free community art making events creating a community mural out of bottle caps on Sunday October 16 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Ventura Community Center, and on Saturday October 22 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Hoover Park. Bring your used plastic bottle caps to upcycle into a community artwork! This is part of the artist's Cuppa Joe project.
Artist Kiana Honarmand is inviting the community to create lanterns as part of the project Beacons of Hope. The lanterns will be installed in trees along Embarcadero Road outside the Palo Alto Art Center and be on view from Sunday, October 16 through Saturday, October 22. Opening Celebration with live performances on-site on Sunday October 16, at 6 p.m.
The Mapping Palo Alto Together project concludes in a series of murals showcasing the participants' work and how they visualized their daily patterns before and after the pandemic. The murals will be on display at the Rinconada Library from October 22 - November 19. Opening Celebration and Mural Unveiling on Saturday October 22, 4 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.