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...


Grant Opportunity

DEADLINE before SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 5pm

The Arts & Culture Commission is seeking individual artists and organizations of all sizes and disciplines to reflect the robust cultural life of Pasadena by participating in Virtual ArtNight.

MiniGrants of $500 each are offered to smaller arts and culture organizations; arts and culture organizations without facilities; independent, non-commercial galleries; ensembles; and individual artists who live, work or lease property in Pasadena, to offset the cost of participating in the Virtual 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.

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.