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Cultural Kaleidoscope 

A unique artists-in-the-schools program that links the neighboring and diverse communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park, building bridges through the arts. By partnering two K-5 classrooms from Palo Alto Unified School District and Ravenswood City School District, to foster connections between students from diverse backgrounds, Cultural Kaleidoscope provides cross-cultural art experiences to hundreds of students annually. 2019-2020 Cultural Kaleidoscope Impact Report

Teen Programs

Teen programs at the Palo Alto Art Center provide teens with opportunities to have a voice and be heard, expose teens to practicing artists, introduce teens to professional opportunities in the art world, showcase creativity as a tool for expression and relaxation, and create satisfying volunteer experiences. 2019-2020 Teen Programs Impact Report

​​​Internship Program

The Art Center offers a supportive and professional internship experience for emerging museum and arts professionals. Many of our interns have moved into professional positions at the Art Center and other museums and art institutions. Art Center Interns consistently report that they are assigned to useful tasks, make a meaningful difference, feel appreciated, and enjoy the work environment. 2019-2020  Internship Program Impact Report

Project Look

For more than 35 years, Project Look has provided fun, educational, and memorable art experiences to thousands of students in Palo Alto and the surrounding area. Highlighting the experiences of seeing and making art and activating creativity, Project Look combines an interactive exhibition tour led by volunteer docents with a related hands-on art activity taught by professional art educators. ​ 2019-2020 Project Look Impact Report


Volunteers support all aspects of Art Center operations and programs. We offer regular and occasional volunteer opportunities for those aged 12 and older, including classroom assistants, docents, outreach event helpers, camp counselors, and more. We are proud to support more than 800 adult and teen volunteers. Volunteers are an incredible asset to the Art Center and allow us to extend our services and engage people in our community.  2019-2020 Volunteer Impact Report

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our impact​​​

Through a recognized public-private partnership, the Foundation bolsters program excellence and helps the Art Center to reach larger audiences, including bringing art to underserved populations in the community. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation supports all of the Palo Alto Art Center's major programs.


The Art Center’s acclaimed exhibitions bring the work of both emerging and professional artists to the community. Our thought-provoking exhibitions feature works of high aesthetic quality and craftsmanship, produced in a wide range of artistic media. Learn, discover, and be inspired! With free admission and a welcoming atmosphere, our shows offer something for everyone. 
​2019-2020 Exhibitions Impact Report

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Adult Studios

The Adult Studio program offers classes and workshops for adult students of all levels in our well-equipped studios. Classes and workshops are taught in a variety of media including ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, printmaking, fiber arts, book arts, and collage. The Studios also maintains a visiting artist program that provides our community the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned ceramic artists. ​2019-2020 Adult Studio Impact Report