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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.

Karen Kwan, CFRE
Director of Development

Paige Sweetin

Fundraising Operations Manager 

Strategic Framework


We wish to thank all of you—our loyal members, donors, and supporters—for everything you’ve done to help increase our impact in the community!

Karen Kienzle

Director of the Palo Alto Art Center



The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation expands the reach and impact of the Palo Alto Art Center through fundraising and advocacy.

The Palo Alto Art Center 

Your place to:
          See and make art
          Activate your creativity
          Expand your community

We are proud to announce the most comprehensive strategic framework ever conducted by the Palo Alto Art Center and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. This framework, developed by Gail Anderson and Associates in 2019, puts the Center and Foundation on a path toward a more profound impact in our community. 

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Annual  Report