The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation was established in 1973 as the Palo Alto Art Center Guild, just two years after the establishment of the Palo Alto Art Center (as the Palo Alto Community Cultural Center). Throughout the past four decades, the Foundation has provided much-needed resources to create, support and enhance programs and to transform and renovate the Art Center. The Foundation’s most successful achievement has been the successful completion of a $4M capital campaign. Completed in October 2012, the $7.9M renovation represented a landmark public/private partnership between the Foundation, the City of Palo Alto, and community members.
The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part with support from 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. Cultural Kaleidoscope is a program of the Palo Alto Art Center and is made possible by generous grants from the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, Hurlbut-Johnson Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, the Palo Alto Community Fund, Enlight Foundation, and Wysteria Foundation. This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
For a full list of Art Center Foundation members and supporters, please see our most recent annual report here.
Annual Program and Impact Reports
Director of the Palo Alto Center
Karen Kwan, CFRE
Director of Development
Business & Operations Manager
Board of Directors
The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation is governed by a robust Board of Directors, who are committed to supporting our mission. These community leaders also secure resources to strengthen the art and educational programming of the Palo Alto Art Center and its visibility in the community. Our Board of Directors make vital contributions to the long-term success of the Palo Alto Art Center as a community institution.
Emeritus Advisory Council
The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation expands the reach and impact of the Palo Alto Art Center through fundraising and advocacy.
The Foundation was founded in 1973 and is a 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization that provides support to the Palo Alto Art Center in a public-private partnership. The Palo Alto Art Center is owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto.
The mission of the Art Center is: the Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. Together we provide the opportunity for 90,000 visitors annually to see, make and be inspired! Our tax ID number is 94-2382459. Our address is 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.
Copyright © Palo Alto Art Center Foundation.
Learn more about all Art Center programs and activities