Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Palo Alto Art Center plans to launch a community project that explores the links between art and nature. Creative Ecology: Exploring Our Environment with Art, Science, and the Community is an ambitious 18-month collaboration between the Art Center and the Palo Alto Junior Museum. The grant of $88,000, announced last week, will support four artists-in-residency, each of whom will work with community participants to explore Palo Alto's natural environment before creating and exhibiting work at the Center's Glass Gallery.
According to Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle, Creative Ecology is an opportunity for participants of all ages to integrate scientific and artistic learning.
Susan H. Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, explained that competition for the organization's grants is stiff. "The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding," she said in a City of Palo Alto press release. "Receiving a grant from IMLS is a significant achievement."
A full list of grantees can be found at imls.gov.