PALO ALTO, CA – Hundreds of inspired, creative, and talented students from Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park will present their artworks during this year’s Cultural Kaleidoscope and Youth Art exhibitions at the Palo Alto Art Center, April 27-May 26.
This free annual community event allows students throughout the Palo Alto/Menlo Park region to become exhibiting artists, and showcases their talent. The Cultural Kaleidoscope exhibit runs April 27-May 26, and Youth Art takes place April 27-May 19.
Cultural Kaleidoscope is a unique artists-in-the-schools program that pairs classrooms from schools in the diverse neighboring communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, building bridges through the arts. By partnering two K-5 classrooms from Palo Alto Unified School District and Ravenswood City School District to foster connections between students from diverse backgrounds, Cultural Kaleidoscope provides cross-cultural art experiences to hundreds of students annually. The culminating exhibition of the program, also titled Cultural Kaleidoscope, showcases artwork produced in the residencies, featuring a wide range of media. Certain projects are inspired by the study of world cultures, while others have cross-curricular connections to science or social studies.
Youth Art presents artwork produced by students from kindergarten through high school within the Palo Alto Unified School District. The theme for this year’s exhibition is “Transparency.”
“The spring is one of the most exciting times at the Art Center, when we get to celebrate youth creativity in two of our most popular exhibitions, Cultural Kaleidoscope and Youth Art,” says Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. “Both exhibitions showcase the incredible creative potential of youth and demonstrate the importance of art education for all the children and teens in our community.”
A free opening celebration will be held at the Art Center on May 1, 4:30-7 p.m., with opening remarks slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. The exhibitions will be on view in the Art Center’s galleries during regular business hours.
About The Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. 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 140,000 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.
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