ART CENTER AWARDED $88,000 ... 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 will be an 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-residence who will work with community participants to explore Palo Alto's natural environment before creating and exhibiting work.
SYMPHONY NAMES NEW DIRECTOR ... The Peninsula Symphony has announced the hire of Sheri Frumkin as its new managing director. Frumkin joins the organization following months of turmoil. Former Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton resigned a little more than one year ago after it was discovered he had drained the organization's accounts for personal use. Carlton pleaded no contest to charges of embezzlement and grand theft, and is still facing charges of tax evasion. Meanwhile, the symphony has regained its footing and is looking to the future. As the former director of development for Ballet San Jose and the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Frumkin brings an extensive arts administration background to her new role.
ARTISTS WANTED TO PAINT BOXES ... Calling all artists: If you've ever wanted to try your hand at public art, now's your chance. A regional arts organization is looking for artists interested in painting downtown Palo Alto utility boxes. Red, Yellow, GO for Art! invites applications from individual or teams of artists based in Santa Clara, San Mateo or San Francisco counties. To learn more about the project or to apply, go to facebook.com/redyellowgoforart.
STREET ART FILM SEEKS FUNDS ... A Palo Alto native is raising funds for a feature-length documentary film about street art in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Shot over the course of six months, the film focuses on the work of four artists. "We're seeing artists reacting to and influencing incredible social change," said filmmaker Austin Smith, a Palo Alto High alumnus. "We hope by sharing their stories that we spark dialogue around global issues and shine light on the power of public art as a medium." To learn more, go to filipinostreetart.com.
SHERLOCK HOLMES GETS A SEND-UP ... On Sunday, Nov. 9, the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts plays host to a musical parody when San Francisco's Lamplighters Music Theatre brings "Sherlock Who?" to town. A send-up of the popular BBC series, the event includes a raffle, live auction and post-show champagne reception with the cast. To learn more, go to mvcpa.com or call 650-903-6000.
ART CENTER CALLS FOR FABRIC ... The Palo Alto Art Center is asking for donations of clean, solid-colored fabric pieces no larger than one square yard for an upcoming artists-in-residence program. Artists Lauren DiCioccio and May Wilson will use the scraps to create sculptures. Fabric can be dropped off at the Art Center front desk during regular business hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.