Public Art Commissioner Acebo Davis, PAUSD Nurse Linda Lenoir, Mayor Yiaway Yeh + teen artists dancing!
Thank you to Palo Alto Art Center for helping us hang the art at City Hall
Gunn High School student artists at Bon Vivant with Static Founder Jade
Break Through the Static and the Palo Alto Youth Collaborative hosted a series of Teen Art Exhibition Events featuring nearly eighty pieces of powerful and revealing art created by students at Gunn High School, with Static and other youth-supporting organizations. The events took place at Mike’s Cafe, two locations of Philz Coffee, Vino Locale, Bon Vivant and King Plaza at Palo Alto City Hall. Teen art was showcased at each event, in addition to performance art by local teen musicians! From the first Preview Event at Mike’s Cafe to the Grand Exhibition Event at City Hall, the Teen Art Exhibition Project made a BIG impact on the Palo Alto community.
The passion of the teen artists drove this project. Longing to establish stronger relationships with their community, local teens opened themselves up through visual and performance art. They allowed their parents, peers and community members to enter into their stories and discover their authentic selves. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Philz Coffee, one of our business partners, announced at the Grand Opening Exhibition that they are launching a monthly open mic event for local youth!
At the Grand Opening Ceremony at City Hall, Palo Alto Mayor Yiaway Yeh gave an inspiring keynote address on the importance of youth self-expression. I overheard adults speak of their awe and astonishment of our youth’s ability to voice their emotions and reflect on their lives through their art. This is how I know this event made a great impact. At the event, teens came up to me asking, “Can I be a part of future projects?”. They told me how happy they they were to see so many people engaging with their art. I want to applaud the teens for their resilience, courage and vulnerability to share their lives with the community of Palo Alto, for without them, this event would not have been possible.
Together, we created a platform for teen self-expression through the arts. Together we helped strengthen the relationships between teens and local businesses. Together we as a community stood alongside our youth and showed them how much we care about their stories and lives.
To the bright future of our youth and our community,
Tia from Team Static