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Nonprofit buys East Palo Alto land for arts and music center, with 2019 opening-date goal

December 24, 2015
In the Media
Nathan Donato-Weinstein
Image courtesy of Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Five years ago, a group of 10 East Palo Alto teenagers and young adults got together, linked by a common vision: A community facility for arts and music education and expression. They called their group the Youth Action Team, and on their website described a mission "to ignite and enliven the mind, body, and soul through art and music; keep peace; and promote EPA youth and community to grow in a positive way."

Now, after years of research, planning, and throwing pop-up events and festivals, the group has something concrete to show for its efforts: land for a future community arts center.

The San Francisco-based John & Marcia Goldman Foundation has acquired three acres in the city for the East Palo Alto Youth Arts & Music Center. While it's still in the early planning stages, the site at the corner of Pulgas and Bay Road — about 2.5 miles from Facebook's rapidly expanding Menlo Park headquarters — will one day host a building between 20,000 and 25,000 square feet dedicated to visual, performance and digital arts.

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