The creation of our state-of-the art facility meets a critical need: East Palo Alto lacks an arts center. This gap leaves our youth and families without access to quality arts instruction. We are currently in a Capital Campaign to raise the necessary funds for the new 21,000 square foot facility. Located on the corner of Bay Street and Pulgas Avenue, the new facility is designed for longevity and resilience, with adaptive spaces that can evolve with the organization and remain environmentally sensitive. EPACENTER ARTS is targeted to open in late 2019.
wHY designed the facility through an extensive process that included youth and adult community members in the selection of the site and the design of the facility. We are grateful to the advisors and hiring panel members including Daniel Calderon, Andres Connell, Isaiah Phillips, Reba Phillips, and Rolando Zeledon who all worked closely with our visionary founders and philanthropic partner, the John & Marcia Goldman Foundation, in the selection of wHY. Read more about our community design sessions here.
“Being on the Architecture Task Force, most people there are older than me. Being one of the youngest members, you just learn to say ‘I have ideas that I want to contribute.’ I felt passionate about what they were talking about and I was happy to share my ideas.”
– Youth Member, Architecture Task Force
For more information on the site or the building design, please contact our Project Manager, Deborah Frieden at firstname.lastname@example.org.