King Artist Residency

The Palo Alto Public Art Program is launching the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Coretta Scott King Artist Residency. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, for whom King Plaza is named, the Council asked the Public Art Commission to consider commissioning a permanent work signaling the City’s commitment to race, equity, and belonging. The Public Art Commission is committed to a permanent platform for ongoing conversations about equity, inclusion, and belonging in Palo Alto through the arts. As a result, the King Artist Residency Program was established.

The Public Art Commission has approved Rayos Magos as the first artist for the King Artist Residency starting in January 2022, based on recommendations by a selection panel. Rayos Magos will utilize the power of storytelling and imagery in community conversations about culture, identity, and mental health within Latinx/BIPOC communities living and/or working in Palo Alto. His documentation of personal stories will result in a final temporary artwork displayed on King Plaza for a period of six months to one year.

Rayos Magos next to one of his artworks