Arts and Cultural Affairs Division

Cultural Affairs News

Rotating Public Art Program Phase III Podcasts

• June 11, 2020

Pasadena’s Public Art Program has collaborated with Side Street Projects...

Letter from Rochelle Branch to the Arts and Culture Community

• April 15, 2020

Dear Pasadena Arts & Culture Community: Cultural Affairs has already...

Rotating Program Phase III Dedication

• March 14, 2019

Mayor Terry Tornek and Councilmember Gene Masuda welcomed the community...


No Boundaries Program

Arts Commission selected artworks from 2020 PUSD’s district-wide student exhibition “No Boundaries”:

FY 2021-2022 Annual Grants Program Guidelines and Applications Released

The Cultural Affairs Division announces the release of the Annual Grants Program Applications and Guidelines for FY 2021-2022. New applicants must attend technical assistance workshop.


Visit the Annual Grants Program page for details.

Arts and Culture Relief Grant Program 2020

The Cultural Affairs Division is pleased to announce the awards for the Arts & Culture Relief Grant 2020, a one-time grant for eligible Pasadena-based arts and cultural organizations that were financially impacted by COVID-19 and the Safer At Home public health orders. The available budget was $550,000. The City is grateful for the generosity of the Pasadena Community Foundation for its contribution of $50,000 to this effort.

Arts and Culture are a vital part of the Pasadena community and economy and the City is pleased to be able to provide some measure of financial relief for both expenses incurred and lost revenues due to the pandemic.

Arts and Culture Relief Grant 2020 Awards

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.