Arts and Cultural Affairs Division

Announcements & Opportunities

The Cultural Affairs Division is pleased to release the Annual Grants Program Guidelines, Applications and Instructions for FY 2024-25. The Annual Grants Program supports the creative community and expands access to the arts through public funding of diverse arts and cultural programs throughout the City,

DEADLINE: May 6, 2024, 11:59 PM

ONLINE SUBMISSION. {Click here to review the Guidelines} and for information about how to receive a link to upload an application

The Arts & Culture Commission is pleased to announce the Annual Grants Program awards for Fiscal Year 2023-2024. The Annual Grants Program supports the creative life of Pasadena by expanding public access to the arts in our community. Each year, through an application process, awards are made to eligible applicants to fund diverse programming that benefits the greater Pasadena community. Please visit the Grants webpage for the list of awards.

ArtNight is a popular, free event that happens twice yearly at participating arts and cultural organizations throughout the City of Pasadena. ArtNight patrons have come to expect excellent and diverse programming at the Partner sites as well as MiniGrant performances of music, dance, spoken word, theater, performance art, visual art exhibits, art workshops, and storytelling by smaller non-profits arts and cultural organizations without venues, non-commercial galleries, individuals artists and ensembles.

MiniGrants of $500 each are offered to offset the cost of participating in the ArtNight event. Awards are contingent upon available funds and host site commitment. Organizations, ensembles, and groups that are based in Pasadena will receive preference over those applicants not based in Pasadena, but all are welcome to apply.

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Annual Grants Program

The Annual Grants Program supports the creative life of Pasadena by expanding public access to the arts in our community, by supporting the work of the individual artist, bringing the creative process into the classroom, and funding annual festivals and parades and cultural programming throughout the City.

Public Art Program

The Public Art Program seeks to assemble a cohesive collection that encourages public dialogue, understanding and enjoyment of public art. Public art serves as the perfect medium for illustrating the broad range of cultural expression practiced in the Pasadena community.

Cultural Tourism

ArtNight is an ongoing partnership among many cultural institutions and the Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Pasadena. Enjoy a free evening of art, music and entertainment as Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions swing open their doors.

Cultural Nexus Plan

The result of an extensive community process, Cultural Nexus proposes a new element to Pasadena’s Comprehensive General Plan (2004) that will advance arts and culture. The Cultural Nexus Plan articulates community principles and recommends cultural policies that establish a flexible framework for implementation.

Film Office

The Pasadena Film Office coordinates all on-location production in the city of Pasadena.  Our services include coordination of all permits in accordance with our local zoning ordinance; marketing of Pasadena to the film industry; and increasing awareness of Pasadena as an innovative, eventful and fun city in the LA metropolitan area.

Artist Resources

The Resource Directory is intended to help equitably distribute information among Pasadena-based artists, teaching artists, and arts educators in order to increase access to job, exhibition, performance and funding opportunities, and to promote new collaborations.