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Palo Alto Art Center Hosts Unique Art Residency Program for Parents
Contact : Ken Heiman, Marketing Coordinator, Palo Alto Art Center    6506173511

PALO ALTO, CA– During a series of free workshops at the Palo Alto Art Center beginning in September, participants will be asked to identify an object they have previously taken away from their child, share the story about the item, and then remake the original in a safe material.

The “Objects Made Safe” workshops—offering a childcare stipend for busy parents—are part of artist Jill Miller’s new community art project.

“All parents have a story about taking something away from their child in order to protect them,” says Miller. “Sharp scissors, candy bars, toy guns and cell phones are just some of the potentially dangerous objects that have been confiscated by parents from their curious children. We want to hear these stories and then create art that reimagines these articles in the form of child-friendly toys.”

Berkeley-based artist Jill Miller is a visual artist who collaborates with individuals and communities in the form of public interventions, workshops, and installation art. She last collaborated with the Art Center in 2018 for her Being Human art project, in which she engaged 10 Bay Area parent-artists who used their parenting experiences as a catalyst for producing art. This project was presented in conjunction with the Care and Feeding: The Art of Parenthood exhibition.

No previous art experience is necessary to participate in the workshops. The workshop sessions will be held at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, on September 15 and 22, 1-4 p.m., October 6 and 13, 1-4 p.m.; and at the Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, on November 2 and 9, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Space is limited and the registration deadline is September 1. Online registration is available at This project is funded in part through a grant from the California Arts Council.

About the California Arts Council
The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. More information is available at

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 anartist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides anaccessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 140,000 people every yearthrough a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. 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, private donations, and members.

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