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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE paac042513
Subject :

Palo Alto Art Center Welcomes Return of Youth Art and Cultural Kaleidoscope
Contact : Sarah Goodman, Marketing Coordinator    650-605-3511
Palo Alto, CA - Celebrate the return of Youth Art and Cultural Kaleidoscope to the Art Center from April 28 to May 19, 2013. After two long years, our galleries will come alive with the vibrant creativity of youth in these two incredible exhibitions demonstrating the power of art and creative expression.

Youth Art showcases artwork produced by students from kindergarten through high school within the Palo Alto Unified School District. Demonstrating PAUSD's commitment to art as a tool for learning, the theme for this year's show is "Inspiration." Using a wide range of media—from painting and photography to glass and large-scale sculpture—students explore what it means to be inspired, and to inspire others.

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. This exhibition showcases artwork produced in the residencies, featuring artwork in a wide range of media inspired by world cultures.

"The Palo Alto Art Center is honored to have the 2013 Youth Art and Cultural Kaleidoscope exhibitions return to our renovated galleries," says Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. “Both exhibitions showcase the creativity of youth and demonstrate the importance of art to students of all ages. Youth Art and Cultural Kaleidoscope consistently attract more visitors to the Palo Alto Art Center than any other exhibition—indicating the power of youth art to inspire viewers of all ages!”

Associated Programs:

Youth Art and Cultural Kaleidoscope opening celebration
Wednesday, May 1, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Celebrate both exhibitions in a creative atmosphere with hands-on art activities and performances for all ages.

Cultivating Creativity: Pathways to Success for Our Students Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.
PAUSD District Offices

In this lively panel geared towards parents and teens, hear from a variety of thought leaders, scholars, and designers about the role creativity plays in supporting innovation and driving our economy. Parents will be able to share their feedback about the challenges of supporting creativity and also learn some practical tools for cultivating creativity with their children. Moderated by Bernie Trilling, the author of 21st-Century Skills, the panel will also include John Edson, President of Lunar Design, artist, animator and professor Patricia Hannaway, author Eric Maisel, and David Brown, Lead Creative Marketing Manager at IMVU

The Palo Alto Art Center is located at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto. Exhibition hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.