Palo Alto has it. So does Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Atherton and Redwood City. What do they have, and many other cities in California that Menlo Park does not have -- that would be a city sponsored art program.
Art comes in many forms, such as painting, sculpture, dance, music, theatre and so on. Communities rich with art offer the opportunity to increase the level of culture to its community. Everyone has the potential of benefiting, including adults and their children.
In Menlo Park there is an Art Commission that used to be active within the City of Menlo Park, but for years the City Council has chosen not to place a single community citizen volunteer on it. The Commission is empty as is the financial commitment to fund it.
As such, is art dead in Menlo Park? Look around, most of the visible art goes back many, many years. Programs, sculptures, etc. are slowly disappearing.
Does the community desire art? Even Atherton, about 1/3 the size of Menlo Park, has an Art Commission. San Luis Obispo recently was cited as having an active program. What is desired here -- or do we have to go to Atherton, Palo Alto, San Jose, etc. to share with our kids and for ourselves the value, benefit and positive attributes that only art can create in a very special way, that is, as special as the communities it serves.