Grants & Awards


Grants

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.


Awards

The PASADENA ART ALLIANCE has awarded its IMPACT AWARD 2023 to INNER-CITY ARTS.

FROM THEIR WEBSITE: We believe that the arts and creativity are transformational. Inner-City Arts envisions a society that honors the human capacity for creativity and values its cultivation in the education of young people. 

Our mission is to engage young people in the creative process in order to shape a society of creative, confident, and collaborative individuals. 

When budget cuts eliminated arts instruction from Los Angeles public schools in the late 1970s, it was up to local communities to fill the gap. Skid Row area schools and students, already struggling, were at a clear disadvantage—until artist and educator Bob Bates was inspired by a vision to "get an art space for kids" to serve this population.

Inner-City Arts' beautiful, award-winning campus is a source of inspiration to all who visit. During the school day, after school and on weekends, elementary, middle and high school students come to Inner-City Arts to work with professional teaching artists in well-equipped studios, receiving hands-on instruction in the visual, performing, and media arts.

To date, Inner-City Arts has served over 200,000 students and 10,000 teachers in the Los Angeles area.

For further information about INNER-CITY ARTS, please visit its website at inner-cityarts.org

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.

Top photo - MOCA - Olafur Eliasson, Life, 2021 

Bottom photo- VENICE ARTS - Summer Arts Camp, Dali Jump