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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Palo Alto Art Center Foundation Receives Grants
Funding for Teen Workshops and Artists-in-the-Schools Program
Contact : Ken Heiman    6506173511

PALO ALTO, CA – Two grants totaling $23,500 have been awarded to the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation to support artist-in-residence programs at the Art Center, as well as the organization’s Cultural Kaleidoscope program which links the neighboring and diverse communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park by building bridges through the arts. 
The California Arts Council, a state agency, has awarded $13,500 to the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation as part of its new Artists Activating Communities pilot grant program. Artists Activating Communities, supports sustained artistic residencies in community settings, demonstrating the arts to be a central component of civic life, and artists to be vital in shaping society.  Artists Activating Communities projects are artist-driven, engage community members as active participants, and activate participants to develop and express their own creativity.

This is the first time the Artists Activating Communities program has been offered. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation is one of only forty-seven grantees for this highly-competitive program that received applications from 85 organizations statewide.

With support from the California Arts Council, the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation will conduct a multidisciplinary sequential residency with Bay Area artist Lisa Solomon to engage teens in a series of multi-site art workshops exploring color. The residency will empower local teens, many of whom are facing tremendous academic stress in school, to discover their artistic abilities through individual and group projects, building on the power of color as a creative and therapeutic tool.

“California Arts Council grants support a wide range of projects that are crafted by each community to reflect their values and needs,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “It is thrilling to see what artists can accomplish when working collaboratively with their communities. An increased state investment in the arts allows us to further spark powerful growth and prosperity in our communities, such as the outstanding work that will result from the deep arts engagement provided by the Palo Alto Art Center and Lisa Solomon’s Artists Activating Communities project.”

To view a complete listing of all Artists Activating Communities grantees, visit

The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation has also received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Art Center’s 2016-17 Cultural Kaleidoscope program.

Under the terms of the grant, students from Palo Alto Unified School District and Ravenswood City School District will build skills in the visual arts while increase their understanding of the region's cultural and artistic diversity. Each year, the Cultural Kaleidoscope program culminates in an exhibition of student artwork. The exhibition shows a variety of rich materials and age-appropriate art concepts, and this year’s artwork includes sculptures in paper, fabric, and found objects, dyed fabric, printmaking on paper, and more.

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in both obvious and subtle ways, expected and unexpected,” said Jane Chu, NEA Chairman.  “Supporting projects like the one from the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to

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 90,000 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.

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. Learn more at

About the National Endowment for the Arts:
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit  

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