PALO ALTO, CA – Colorful artwork created by hundreds of students from Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park will be presented during this year’s Cultural Kaleidoscope and Youth Art exhibitions at the Art Center April 28-May 27.
This free annual community event allows students throughout the Palo Alto/Menlo Park region to become exhibiting artists, and showcases their youthful talent. The Cultural Kaleidoscope exhibit runs April 28-May 27, and Youth Art takes place April 28-May 20.
Cultural Kaleidoscope is a unique artists-in-the-schools program that pairs classrooms from schools in the diverse neighboring communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, building bridges through the arts. By partnering two K-5 classrooms from Palo Alto Unified School District and Ravenswood City School District to foster connections between students from diverse backgrounds, Cultural Kaleidoscope provides cross-cultural art experiences to hundreds of students annually. The culminating exhibition of the program, also titled Cultural Kaleidoscope, showcases artwork produced in the residencies, featuring a wide range of media. Certain projects are inspired by the study of world cultures, while others have cross-curricular connections to science or social studies. Some of the projects featured in the exhibition this year include a school of California Rainbow Trout sculptures, Pacific Island sailing canoes, and relief portraits of American Revolution-era heroes.
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 “Transformation.”
“Every spring, the Art Center comes alive with youth creativity!” says Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. “It’s one of our favorite times of the year. We so appreciate showcasing the creativity of so many inspired young artists and providing them with the chance to see their work exhibited in a professional setting with so many of their peers.”
A free opening celebration will be held at the Art Center on May 2, 4:30-6 p.m., with opening remarks slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. The exhibitions 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 120,000 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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