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Palo Alto Art Center


Palo Alto Art Center

Offers fine arts classes and provides studios for drop-in use. Facility available for rental.


The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 70,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs. The Palo Alto Art Center is owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto as a program of the Division of Arts and Sciences, Department of Community Services.The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation was founded in 1973 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial support and advocacy to the Art Center though a public/private partnership that allows us to enhance our reach and impact in the community.


Public Transit:

VTA stops within 2 blocks.

Service Options

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Restroom
  • Wheelchair



Fee for class tuition and workshops, rental rates and sale of work. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.


School children, art students, adults interested in fine arts



How to Apply:

Call or apply by phone or mail.

Service Wait Estimate:

No wait.

Service Areas:

  • Alameda County
  • Contra Costa County
  • Marin County
  • San Francisco County
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County