In 2009, the City constructed the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center (M-A PAC) in conjunction with Menlo-Atherton High School. This facility is available to the City of Menlo Park 55 days out of the year including six weeks during the summer. The M-A PAC seats 492 and contains professional-quality sound and lighting, an orchestra pit accommodating up to 80 musicians, and a full lobby and box office. Organizations may also rent the 150-seat multi-purpose space or other locations around the school during certain days. The venue has mainly been used for musical performances. It has also hosted touring dance companies, author lectures, documentaries, and live chamber music. The venue is available for a wide variety of performances including dance, theater, musicals, film screenings, and many other art forms.
The Menlo Park Grant for the Arts (MPGA) is a grant designed for organizations looking to perform in a professional-grade theater. This grant is intended to help subsidize the cost of rental for new, small, and/or local organizations in an effort to support the Menlo Park artistic community. Ten (10) organizations will be selected each year and will be awarded $500-$3000 to be used toward subsidizing the rental cost of the M-A PAC. The goal of this grant program is to increase the accessibility of the M-A PAC by members of the community and to encourage the development of local artistic groups by providing a high-quality venue at a subsidized cost. Online applications are accepted annually between January-February and grants are awarded in late March.
The Menlo Park Grant for Theater Camps (MPGTC) is a grant designed for organizations and local community groups interested in hosting a summer theater camp in a professional-grade theater. This grant was established in 2014 to increase summer programming at the M-A PAC. One to two organizations will be selected and awarded with $3,000-$5,000 to be used toward subsidizing the rental cost of the M-A PAC in June and July for a Monday-Friday camp program. Applications must be for performing arts (or related) activity including but not limited to: theater arts, musicals, ballet, dance, music, stage entertainment, etc. Online applications are accepted annually May-June and grants are awarded in late July.