Pacific Art League


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YODA iPad Art Program, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, East Palo Alto Clubhouse

PAL teaches iPad art classes to Middle School and High School students as part of BGCP's Evening Electives program. Students learn drawing skills like shading, perspective and drawing from life as well as graphic design, all on the iPad. This program serves approximately 30 students for a full school year. This program is funded by a generous grant from the California Arts Council.

Friday Field Trips

PAL hosts students grades 3-7 from the Redwood City Police Activities League once per month for an immersive art experience. Young artists view and discuss the current monthly exhibit at PAL, asking questions and sharing their thoughts and opinions. Then, students create an art project connected to the theme of the exhibit, exploring various art styles, media and techniques.

After School Art at Redwood City Police Activities League

PAL provides weekly after school art classes for students grades 1-4 and 5-8 at the Redwood City Police Activities League. These classes are provided at no cost or low-cost to students. Additionally, PAL holds a Holiday Art Supply Drive each December to collect new and gently used art supplies for this program.

New Day Program

The Pacific Art League has partnered with Downtown Streets Team to provide weekly art classes for participants of their New Day Program, which seeks to provide one meaningful task per day for formerly homeless individuals. These tasks help individuals build community ties, establish a routine, and njoy a safe environment in which to express creativity.

Fur, Feathers and Fins animal rescue partnership

Each year since 2014, PAL selects a local animal rescue group to partner with during our annual Fur, Feathers and Fins exhibit. Donations are collected, and artists elect to give a portion of their art sales to this organization. Past partners include the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, and Pets in Need.

To find out more about PAL's Community Engagement programs, please contact Shannon McDonnell, Executive Director at, 650.321.3891