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.



Side Street Projects in Pasadena has been in existence for 28 years addressing the needs of the most under-resourced at-risk youth in the area through is wide ranging innovative visual arts programs. Whether it is teaching wood working in a bus, teaching 2nd graders in the schools, facilitating design and fabrication classes at La Pintoresca Library, or curating an art show by students at Continuation High School, Side Street is there.  In making the recommendation for this award, the Impact Award Committee recognized the energetic and compassionate leadership of Emily Hopkins, who as one member of the committee said, “always gets things done."

For further information about SIDE STREET PROJECTS, please visit its Website: Side Street Projects

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 - LACE - Reclaiming Performance - photo of Danni Cassette