Pacific Art League

A passion for art and community since 1921


A major part of PAL's mission is to help everybody in our community have access to the joy of creativity, with a focus on helping underserved children and youth. We currently serve children of elementary age in San Mateo County and youth at risk in Santa Clara County.

If you want to help us in this important mission, please contact Jon Graves at or click HERE and donate today.



“We are delighted to support a pioneering program of expressive art developed by The Pacific Art League, in close partnership with Bill Wilson Centers. This important program offers a much needed creative outlet for youth at risk in our district, young people who have had challenges in their lives and can find some positive and empowering solace, from art. We hope the program will continue to flourish and grow in future years
— Supervisor Joe Simitian - District Five, County of Santa Clara


Bill Wilson Center - Partnership for Youth at Risk


In January of 2018, Pacific Art League launched a significant new “Expressive Art” program for youth at risk, partnering with Bill Wilson Centers (BWC) in three locations throughout Santa Clara County. Between 25-30 young people from high school age and into their early 20's enjoy creative classes and self expression on a weekly basis, taught by two experienced PAL teachers. We recruited instructors who have expressive art experience and know how to work with at risk youth in a caring and fun way

Program Supporters & Sponsors: County of Santa Clara and Supervisor Joe Simitian

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DREAMS Program - Ravenswood School District


DREAMS, stands for Design, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math and Science. It is a design-based program which utilizes an artistic approach to Common Core Curriculum, making material learned in the classroom relevant and fun. Art standards are combined with academic standards and their mutual importance is highlighted by projects students create. 

DREAMS, has been designed by PAL instructor Dana Shields, who has pioneered this concept on a small scale, as a volunteer at Ravenswood School District. The purpose of the DREAMS program is threefold: to develop minds, engage hands and build cultural awareness through designing and creating artistic projects.

Program Supporters & Sponsors: A special thank you to the Rotary Club of Palo Alto for selecting DREAMS to be a 2019 grant recipient. DREAMS was one of the 10 organizations chosen by a committee of local Rotary volunteers in competition with nearly 50 other applicants. Rotary is a worldwide movement of business and professional men and women who network and build friends through community service.

Additional funds for this program have been provided by Rotary Club of Menlo Park and Fund-a-Need donations from the Pacific Art League 2019 Annual Gala.


Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club - After School Art Program


Partnering with Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club of San Mateo, PAL launched a much needed, creative after school art classes for 2nd through 5th grade children. On a weekly basis PAL provides a fun, warm and caring experience for 15 students at the John Dore Club House.

We are grateful to all our kind donors at the 2018 Gala, for supporting our “Fund a Need” which means hard working parents struggling to hold down two jobs, don’t need to pay for this important and nurturing program.

Program Supporters & Sponsors: Fund-a-Need donations from the Pacific Art League 2018 Gala.