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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Palo Alto Art Center Awarded $25,000 Grant to Create an Interactive Kit
Grant Encourages Families to Explore Exhibitions Together
Contact : Ken Heiman, Marketing Coordinator, Palo Alto Art Center    6506173511

PALO ALTO, CA– The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $25,000 to the Palo Alto Art Center to develop, prototype, test and evaluate an interactive kit containing a variety of art materials and activities over a 10-month period that will help children and families explore the temporary exhibitions at the Art Center together. The end result will be a set of Discovery Kits that will become a permanent feature of the family experience at the Art Center.

“Families represent a significant audience for the Palo Alto Art Center and this project will ensure that they have the best experience possible in our exhibition, experiencing the joy and learning in seeing and making art,” says Art Center Director Karen Kienzle.

For this project, the Art Center will contract with Palo Alto-based educator, author and creator Rachelle Doorley, a professional with expertise in interactive and experiential learning. Using a design-thinking approach, Rachelle will coordinate the research, prototyping and testing of the Discovery Kits, ensuring they meet the needs of a diverse range of families.

IMLS museum grants support a wide variety of projects that create learning experiences, strengthen communities, care for collections and provide broad public access.

“With IMLS Museums for America grants, institutions are better able to care for their collections, provide learning opportunities for families, and engage with their communities,” said IMLS Director Kathryn K. Matthew. “Funding for the Palo Alto Art Center’s project will enable the museum to create tool kits that support parents and caregivers working alongside of their children as part of their museum experiences.”

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.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services:
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.  To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.