News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Palo Alto Art Center Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Museum Education
Cultural Kaleidoscope Honored for Building Bridges through the Arts
Contact : Ken Heiman    650-617-3511

PALO ALTO, CAThe Palo Alto Art Center is one of only six museum programs in California to receive the 2015 Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education, chosen by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in conjunction with the California Association of Museums. The Palo Alto Art Center also received this award in 2013 for the school tour program Project LOOK!

The award recognizes the exceptional accomplishments in California museum programs that serve K-12 students and/or educators. The Palo Alto Art Center’s Cultural Kaleidoscope is a unique artist-in-the-schools program that links the neighboring and diverse communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, fostering connections between students from cross-cultural backgrounds.

“The Palo Alto Art Center has a long history of excellent school enrichment programs and we are lucky to have it in our community,” said Palo Alto Unified School District Board President Melissa Caswell. “The award-winning Cultural Kaleidoscope program provides a partnership with classroom teachers that enhance learning both inside and outside of the classroom. The Art Center's programs engage students with art while developing connections with, and an understanding of, a diversity of traditions and audiences.”  

The unique program provides an integrative visual arts experience through exposure to works of art during field trips to local museums, and making art as professional artists guide students in creating both individual and group projects.

Cultural Kaleidoscope is an interdisciplinary program that is offered free to participating schools. The program:

·         Integrates visual arts with other curricular areas such as language arts, social studies and science through innovative and sequential lessons.

·         Fosters the 21st-century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication – the building blocks of the Common Core State Standards – through discussion, collaborative learning, and artmaking experiences.

·         Promotes multicultural understanding through culturally based art activities from around the world, including Africa, Asia, Pacific Island, and Mesoamerican cultures. 

A Cultural Kaleidoscope exhibition with one artwork by each student will be professionally installed in the Palo Alto Art Center galleries from May 2-31, with an opening celebration on May 6. As a final event of their collaborative activities, each classroom pair tours the exhibition together.

Other state recipients of the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education include: The Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles; the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum in King City; and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

The winning programs will be presented with their awards at the 2015 CAM annual luncheon in San Diego, February 19, 2015, at the Wyndham Bayside San Diego, held in conjunction with CAM’s annual conference. Representatives will also give a short presentation at a session immediately following the luncheon, from 1:45-3:00pm.

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 70,000 people every year through 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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