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Throughout the year, Advocacy Through Art centers their programming on their theme.

In 2021, Advocacy Through Art brought awareness to youth mental health by hosting a conversational webinar, hosting artist workshops, the annual art exhibition as well as destressing activities for youth. 

A Year in Isolation: Youth Mental Health Closing Reception

July 7th, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Bird Painting Day!

May 8th, 2021 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Destress with Advocacy Through Art and paint birds with us on Saturday (May 8th) @ Heritage Park from 2:30pm to 4pm! Hope to see you there!


Presenting and Promoting Artwork on Topia, a virtual world

April 24th, 2021 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

    In this workshop, you will learn how to write a brief statement, create a promotion campaign for your work and place it on the internet. Artist Tara de la Garza will show you how to display your artwork or, really any form of expression in the free online platform Topia, and how to promote it using invitation software, social media and email.
    For this workshop, you will need a desktop computer and be willing to install a photo editing program called GIMP. Come armed with some ‘assets’ - digital versions of your artwork or favorite images and Tara will show you how to display them and add links.

    Interested in visiting Tara de la Garza's Topia exhibit? Visit this link:

    Tara de la Garza studied Fine Art at Curtin University in Western Australia and is currently in a resident studio program at Cubberley in Palo Alto, CA
De la Garza’s work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library, NYC. She has had two solo exhibitions at The Lodge Gallery in NYC. She has also exhibited extensively throughout the US in museums and galleries such as Mass MOCA, Chicago Art Institute, Cornell University, San Diego Art Institute, Palo Alto Arts Center, Palace of Fine Arts SF and SF Design Week. She is represented by SFA Projects in NYC and Universally Unknown in LA.
    De la Garza has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant through Chashama NYC.

    Environmental justice and stewardship of the planet are central to Tara de la Garza’s art practice. She reveals the stories embedded in our collective consumption, specifically of single use plastic. She delves into the archaeology of contemporary waste materials. 
    Her minimalist forms contain a maximalist aesthetic of excess. Textures fashioned from the detritus of our community and molding into concrete cylinders and lights. Influenced by minimalist and constructivist artists such as Dan Flavin, Eva Hesse, Vladmir Tatlin, and contemporary artists Rachel Whiteread and Eva Rothschild, de la Garza’s ‘Monumental’ projects continue a practice of reusing materials and referencing modernist forms
Visit her website @

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Measure once, cut twice. Screwing up makes you better.

April 17th, 2021 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    In this FREE workshop learn from Darryl Dieckman, a local woodworker artist, about craft schools, alternative education, managing creativity and craftsmanship, and understanding the importance of your materials as an artist. This interactive workshop will give you a look into using wood and the woodworking world.   
   All participants must wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines, adhering to the current State and County guidelines. 

   Space is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, so register now!

    Furniture maker Darryl Dieckman is interested in reinterpreting iconic designs from the past in beautiful woods and adapting their function for everyday use.  Born and raised in Ohio with a 25-year career in technology, Darryl is now a recovering software engineer living in Northern California.  His passion for fine woodworking blossomed in 2010 when he began attending classes at Marc Adams Woodworking School in Indiana with his father during annual Father’s Day visits to the Midwest.  Then a spiritual experience building large scale art at the Burning Man festival emboldened the pursuit of a new career path.  In 2016, it was his good fortune to be invited to attend the Fine Furniture program at the College of the Redwoods.  His recent work exhibits an attention to detail and exacting hand work that are hallmarks of the program.  Darryl is a member of the Cubberley Artist Studio Program and maintains a small woodworking studio at the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto, California.
Visit his website @


In-Person Studio Tour with Chandrika Marla

April 10th, 2021 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

    In this FREE workshop with Chandrika Marla, you will explore her studio and her work at the Cubberly Community Center in Palo Alto. Topics will include her process for creating work and her career as an artist. It will be an interactive studio tour with a Q&A.

    Marla is best known for her use of saturated color to create paintings of simplistic forms that straddle the line between realism and abstraction. Her work explores identity and is inspired by women, their relationships with others, and with their own selves. Visit her website @
   Born in New Delhi in 1968, Chandrika Marla worked as a fashion designer for several years before she began a career in art. She moved to the United States in 1998 and is currently a resident artist at Cubberley Studios in Palo Alto, California. Her work has been exhibited at The de Young Museum (California), Queens Museum of Art (New York), Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (Virginia), and the Rockford Art Museum (Illinois). At a performance in Chicago in 2011, her paintings were interpreted by Rama Vaidyanathan – a leading exponent of Bharatanatyam dance.


Robin Mullery + Artist Residencies

March 27th, 2021 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Our first workshop will be with Robin Mullery. In this workshop, she will cover what an artist residency is and how to apply to them. Additional topics she will discuss include how to learn about these opportunities, funding for residencies and how to write an artist statement. It will be an interactive workshop with a Q&A.

    Robin Mullery is a visual artist and therapist working in the Bay Area. Throughout her installations and two and three dimensional works is a gossamer thread of tenderness woven into the rough industrial materials, brutalist revisionings, and urban repair. She is a Cubberly Artist in Residence through 2024. Her work can be seen @


Let's Talk: Youth Mental Health in Palo Alto

March 5th, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    With a guided meditation, a roundtable discussion with professionals working in the mental health sphere, and a student panel, Let’s Talk: Youth Mental Health in Palo Alto aims to lessen the stigma about youth mental health while cultivating a safe space where teenagers and community members feel comfortable to ask questions and share experiences. Please join us as we unpack assumptions and help inform the Palo Alto community about youth mental health including suicide prevention, stress, and coping mechanisms.

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