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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
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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