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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Palo Alto Art Center Foundation Receives Two Grants
Contact : Ken Heiman    6506173511

PALO ALTO, CA – Two grants totaling $10,762 have been awarded to the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation to support 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 $8,262 to the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation as part of its Artists in the Schools program. The Artists in Schools program supports projects that integrate community arts resources—artists and professional art organizations—into comprehensive, standards-based arts learning projects for California's students. This year, the California Arts Council’s Artist in Schools program will allow 144 arts organizations to hire 580 teaching artists that will serve a total of more than 43,000 students in 323 schools across California.

“California Arts Council grants provide vital support for projects in diverse communities across our state,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “This was an historic year of state arts support. We are proud to invest more than $8.5 million in funding 712 grant projects that will stimulate local growth and prosperity, and meet the needs of our communities through deep engagement with culture and creative expression.”

By partnering K-5 classrooms from the Palo Alto Unified School District and Ravenswood City School District, Cultural Kaleidoscope fosters connections between students from diverse backgrounds. The program is offered free to participating schools. Cultural Kaleidoscope integrates the visual arts with other curricular areas such as language arts, social studies and science through innovative and sequential lessons, and 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.

“We are both delighted and honored to receive this grant from the California Arts Council to support our successful Cultural Kaleidoscope program,” says Palo Alto Art Center Foundation Board Chair Marcia Pugsley. “We have received nothing but positive feedback from the parents, the students, and teachers about this program. Cultural Kaleidoscope provides a unique opportunity to combine the elements of learning and creativity in the schools.” 

The news of the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at

The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation has also received a $2,500 grant from the Facebook Local Community Fund to support the Art Center’s 2016-17 Cultural Kaleidoscope program. The Facebook Local Community Fund is designed to support 501c(3) non-profit organizations serving the East Palo Alto and Belle Haven communities, with grants of up to $15,000.

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

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