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Arts and Cultural Affairs

The Arts and Cultural Affairs Division is responsible for the Annual Grants Program, Public Art Program, Public Art Master Plan, Cultural Nexus Plan, and the Pasadena Film Office.

On March 9, 2018, many of Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural organizations will swing open their doors from 6 pm – 10 pm with free admission and shuttle bus service during ArtNight Pasadena. Visit the website www.artnightpasadena.org for more information about the event.
MINIGRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – deadline January 19, 2018 5 pm. ArtNight Pasadena, sponsored by the City of Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the Division of Cultural Affairs, is an ongoing partnership between local cultural institutions and the City of Pasadena. Twice each year, many of the City’s non-profit arts and cultural institutions open on a Friday night to provide a variety of art, culture, and music — free-of-charge — to the public. After 37 successful events, patrons have come to expect excellent performances and diverse programming. Live music, dance, spoken word, theater, performance art, visual art exhibits and workshops, as well as story-telling are among the many eligible art forms that have received MiniGrants previously.

ArtNight MiniGrants are funded by the Arts & Culture Commission and are intended to increase participation in ArtNight by Pasadena-based, non-profit arts and culture organizations, arts organizations without venues, independent non-commercial galleries, ensembles and individual artists.

Click here for application: MiniGrant Application


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.

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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.

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Public Art Master Plan

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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.

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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.

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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.

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