50 Years

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50 years

Created by the community, for the community five decades ago, the Palo Alto Art Center serves as a testament to the potential of collective action. 50 years ago, a group of Palo Altans recognized the value and potency of creativity for the city and the need to give it a home, and the Art Center was born. The Art Center’s 50th anniversary programming showcases the power of art to make a similarly profound impact—by promoting the themes of accessibility, social justice, community healing, and celebration. This golden anniversary provides an opportunity to celebrate the value of art to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the larger community. Exhibitions and programs in conjunction with the 50th anniversary reinforce the vital role of the Art Center in engaging the entire community around art, by enhancing our visibility, expanding our audiences, and fostering and developing stronger community partnerships.

50 Reasons to Support the Palo Alto Art Center

Find out 50 reasons why the Art Center is such a special place that is worth supporting! This milestone birthday would not have been possible without your support. Let’s look forward to 50 more years providing art to the community!

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Join us to celebrate the Palo Alto Art Center's 50th Birthday Party!

The Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation invite the entire community to a free birthday party to celebrate our anniversary on Sunday, May 15 from 3-5 p.m. at the Art Center. This event will feature hands-on art activities, studio demonstrations, sweet treats and a chance to view the current exhibition Creative Attention: Art and Community Restoration.