‘Youth Speaks Out’ event in Palo Alto

Source: Palo Alto Online-Palo Alto Weekly

Local students try out their artistic voices in two exhibits this month, jointly called “Youth Speaks Out.”

Hosted by the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto City Hall, the show will feature oil and acrylic paintings, drawings and photos from March 9 through March 24 at both the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto City Hall.

An opening reception will be held on March 9 at the Palo Alto Art Center. It is open to the public and will have refreshments donated by local businesses. The opening will feature student performance art, such as,  singing and guitar-playing, East Indian hip-hop dance and the spoken word. All the participating students attend Palo Alto or Gunn high schools.

The project is headed by Gunn visual-arts teacher Deanna Messinger, with participation by Gunn English teacher Tarn Wilson and Paly photography instructor Margo Wixman. It’s a culmination of a year-long art-making effort in the classroom.

The Palo Alto Art center, located at 1313 Newell St., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with additional Thursday hours until 9 p.m.), and Sundays from 1 to 5.

City Hall, where the art will be displayed in the ground-floor lobby, is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (8 to 5 every other Friday), and closed from noon to 1 p.m.