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Porchlight Storytelling Celebrates Parenthood at Palo Alto Art Center
‘Because I Said So’ ties in with Art Center’s ‘Care and Feeding: The Art of Parenthood’ Exhibit
Contact : Ken Heiman, Marketing Coordinator    6506173511

PALO ALTO, CA– The Palo Alto Art Center and Palo Alto Public Art have joined forces with San Francisco’s longest-running storytelling series, Porchlight, to present an evening of storytelling with five accomplished storytellers and two audience members who will share their tales of parenting from the frontlines on November 1, 7-9 p.m., in the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium.

The free event, Porchlight: Because I Said So…Stories About Parenting, ties in with the Art Center’s current exhibition, Care and Feeding: The Art of Parenthood, which runs through December 30.

Celebrated author and journalist, Beth Lisick, and former journalist, Arline Klatte, will serve as hosts for the evening. Storytellers will share 10-minute true stories without notes or a script. Over the past 15 years, storytellers in the series have included bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites, sex workers, musician, authors, systems analysts, and social workers.

“People who are raising kids know that every day brings a new story,” says Arline Klatte. “We believe that this topic will be a great addition to our storytelling series.”

The storytellers for the event include:

  • Moon Zappa is a writer, comic, yogi, entrepreneur, podster, and mom.

  • Best-selling author Susie Bright, one of the most respected voices on sexual politics, as well as an award-winning author and editor who has produced and published thousands of the finest writers and journalists working in the American literature and progressive activism today.

  • Jeremiah Jenkins, an artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area, who is currently exhibiting his work in the Palo Alto Art Center’s Care and Feeding: The Art of Parenthood exhibition. Jenkins received his BFA in Sculpture/Ceramics from East Tennessee State University, and his MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to making art, he also teaches, performs, and writes.

  • Nigerian-born Bayo Omololu, formerly with the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The passing of his wife, author Cyn Omololu, thrust him into a position of being both a father and mother to their two children.

    Ajax Green is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a BS in Mathematics and has been working as a software developer for the world's largest asset manager for the past 15 years.

    About the Palo Alto Public Art Program:
    The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program is committed to contributing to the intellectual, emotional, and creative life of the Palo Alto community by creating engaging art experiences and dynamic public spaces for Palo Alto residents and visitors. The Program operates in accordance with Chapter 2.26 of Palo Alto Municipal Code to provide opportunities for the placement of permanent and temporary site-specific public art projects in municipal projects across Palo Alto. Additionally, the Program oversees the implementation of the Ordinance requirement to incorporate public art in private development projects. The Public Art Commission (PAC) reviews and advises the Public Art Program on selection, placement, and care of public art throughout the City of Palo Alto.

    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 anartist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides anaccessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 120,000 people every yearthrough 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.

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