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Art Center groundbreaking set for July 16

Public celebration will include art projects and refreshments

The Palo Alto Art Center will break ground on its $7.9 million renovation project with a free public celebration on Saturday (July 16) from 1 to 3 p.m., the city announced Tuesday.

The afternoon event will feature official groundbreaking by Mayor Sid Espinosa and other city officials as well as participatory art projects, art tours and free Foster Brothers ice cream.

Local artist Judy Gittelsohn will head up the creation of a mural that will decorate the center's construction fence through the center's re-opening in summer 2012. Community members of all ages will be able to paint sections of the mural.

Planned renovations to the Art Center include a new children and youth wing, gallery shop, redesigned classrooms, upgraded lighting and exhibition space, sustainable landscaping designs and access for the disabled.

More information is available at the Art Center's website.

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