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Youth group to open community arts and music center in East Palo Alto

January 15, 2016
In the Media
Elena Kadvany
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Image courtesy of Palo Alto Online.

Entering East Palo Alto, people are greeted by rising construction and a sterile sign announcing the future home of University Plaza, a four-story, 208,000-square-foot office complex with a pedestrian bridge, roof deck and two levels of underground parking.

A little more than a mile away, tucked in the southwest corner of the city, is a very different sign announcing a very different kind of project, one its organizers see as uniquely created by and for the community.

Colorful and bright, the sign's large, 3-D graffiti letters spell out "FUTURE" in front of a series of images -- a building, a music note, an artist's paint palette and a pencil. The 3 1/2 acres at the corner of Bay Road and Pulgas Avenue are the future home of the East Palo Alto Youth Arts and Music Center, a grassroots effort that will come to fruition in the next few years thanks to the San Francisco-based John & Marcia Goldman Foundation, which recently purchased the land.

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