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Palo Alto Art Center Foundation to Receive $30,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
Contact : Ken Heiman, Marketing Coordinator, Palo Alto Art Center    4082302304

PALO ALTO, CA—The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant of $30,000 to support the group exhibition New Americans in fall 2020.

Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle said she was pleased that the NEA has once again recognized the Art Center for its artistic and cultural contributions to the community. “The Palo Alto Art Center is so honored to receive this generous grant to support our upcoming New Americans exhibition,” she said. “This contribution will allow us to support the work of new American artists through site-specific installations and commissions that our entire community will have the chance to experience and enjoy.”

NEA Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.

Mary Anne Carter remarked, “These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country. Organizations such as the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

The New Americans exhibition will feature artists who are new to the United States, and whose experiences as new Americans are reflected in their art practice. There are more foreign-born residents in Santa Clara County (of which Palo Alto is a part) than in any other county in California, about 38% of the population. In a state that has more immigrants than any other (in fact, half of California children have at least one immigrant parent) and a country than has a larger immigrant population than any other in the world, this is a truly meaningful statistic and one we choose not to ignore.    

For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit

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 140,000 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.

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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