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Palo Alto Art Center Foundation aims for more funding, engagement

Original post made on Aug 6, 2019

Known for popular art classes and funky exhibits featuring glass pumpkins and willow huts, the Palo Alto Art Center is now preparing to up its game in a less glamorous art: fundraising.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 5, 2019, 8:29 PM

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Posted by hard to follow
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 6, 2019 at 6:05 am

Did anyone proofread this article?
Writer, I suggest you take another pass through.

Posted by Sally
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 6, 2019 at 10:10 am

I love the Palo Alto Art Center, so this isn't a criticism.... but...

Is there ANY organization, city run or otherwise, that's NOT looking for more funding and engagement? So where's the meat of the article? The stated goals and plans presented here are totally non-concrete. Vague partnerships with non-profits outside the city, getting folks to come more and give more, and "participat(ing) in community conversations"... oh, plus council members saying that good things are good. It wouldn't be a Weekly article about how City Hall spends money without that.

So, if there was real substance in the Strategic Plan, it's missing in this story. Or the article should be that an expensive planning process resulted in a super vague and rhetorical report. Where's the cost per kid of camps, classes, senior programs? Where's the "sell" that with d dollars more (from taxes or donors) you could serve n kids more, with evidence you can deliver?

If that's all in the report, read it and summarize it. Or at least leave a link. :)

Posted by My My
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 6, 2019 at 11:16 am

Sally couldn't have said it better - if this is the story the plan seems very weak and vague.

The Art Center is a fantastic resource, the scale is perfect for retaining a community feel.
Unless you have a strong validated plan w/ concrete realistic goals why mess with it?

Many unique aspects of Palo Alto have been lost when groups want to further engagement.
Maybe it should be "enhance engagement"

Posted by Old Palo,Alto
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 6, 2019 at 9:15 pm

Old Palo,Alto is a registered user.

How about an ordinance that all public art purchased for buildings in Palo,Alto,with public funds must be purchased from art center, or current residents of Palo,Alto?

We could have sent them $690,000 or so las t k th or two!

Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 7, 2019 at 12:35 am

I read the strategic framework on the foundation website. Here's the link for those of you who are interested.

Web Link

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