PALO ALTO, CA – Hundreds of student artists throughout Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park will present their own artistic creations through a wide range of different media in two separate exhibitions at the Palo Alto Art Center, April 29-May 28.
The annual Cultural Kaleidoscope and Youth Art exhibitions showcase the Art Center’s dedication to youth arts education. Hundreds of students in our community become exhibiting artists in this yearly community event. Cultural Kaleidoscope runs April 29-May 28, and Youth Art runs April 29-May 21.
Cultural Kaleidoscope is a unique artist-in-the-schools program that links the neighboring and diverse communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and East Menlo Park, by building bridges through the arts. By partnering two K-5 classrooms from PAUSD and Ravenswood City School District to foster connections between students of diverse backgrounds, Cultural Kaleidoscope transcends traditional classroom instruction, providing engaging cross-cultural arts education. The culminating exhibition of the program, also named Cultural Kaleidoscope, showcases artwork produced in the residencies, featuring a wide range of media inspired by world cultures.
Youth Art presents artwork produced by students from kindergarten through high school within the Palo Alto Unified School District. The theme for this year’s exhibition is “Telling Our Story.”
”Every year the Art Center comes alive with the power of youth creativity and expression,” says Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. “These engaging, colorful, and accessible exhibitions allow us all to tap into the unbridled creativity of children and teens. Cultural Kaleidoscope and Youth Art consistently remind me of the quote by Pablo Picasso: ‘Every child is an artist. … The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.’”
A free opening celebration will be held at the Art Center on May 3, 4:30-7 p.m., with opening remarks slated to begin at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be on view in the Art Center’s galleries during regular business hours.
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.
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