Grants & Awards


Since 1976, we have given grants on an annual basis to projects that meet our rigorous process and standards. Funds are granted to established as well as unconventional institutions, and we pride ourselves on championing the difficult and nontraditional. All grants must support our mission which reads:

The purpose of the Pasadena Art Alliance is to foster appreciation for contemporary visual arts in Southern California by supporting artists, exhibitions, educational programs and art-oriented, non-profit institutions.

Application deadline for the grants cycle is September 15 of each year and site visits are conducted in the Fall for those institutions meeting our criteria. Grant applicants will be informed of the final decision concerning their application no later than March 1.  The current grants awarded are listed here. For more information about submitting a proposal, see the Grant Making Criteria and Guidelines and Requirements on the Grants page.


The PASADENA ART ALLIANCE has awarded its IMPACT AWARD 2020 to

ART DIVISION, an arts program in the MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles.

The PAA Impact Award was created in 2015 to showcase excellence in visual contemporary art education with an award to a non-profit organization that impacts youth.

ART DIVISION is dedicated to training and supporting under-served young adults, ages 18-26 with a strong interest in studying and pursuing careers in the visual arts. In addition, it provides art classes to a large number of K-12 students through its outreach and exhibition programs. ART DIVISIONS’ educational program “Learn, Do, Teach” embodies its mission of supporting young artists while fostering community engagement in the arts. Several current faculty of ART DIVISION are previous students of the outreach program.

Founded by Dan McCleary in 2010, ART DIVISION is dedicated to bringing new visions and voices to the contemporary art scene by offering the highest quality arts instruction in nearby communities which can least afford it. The ART DIVISION campus comprises a library/classroom, a painting studio, gallery, and print-making studio.

A key component of the program is an active exhibitions program, introducing the art of its students (and, by extension, their communities) to a broader population.

For further information about ART DIVISION, please visit its Website:

The purpose of this award is:

To showcase excellence in visual art education with an award to a non-profit organization that impacts youth through contemporary visual art.

This award, which will be given to one institution per year, complements our grants program by supporting our community’s budding artists.  Unlike a grant, the award is not given for a specific purpose but is to be used as the organization sees fit to continue the educational efforts for which it is being honored. Application deadline for the award is February 1, and site visits will be conducted in the early Spring for the finalists. Award recipients will be notified by June 1. For more information see the Impact Award Criteria on the Awards page.