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 genesis of this award was a desire to broaden PAA’s impact on arts education by honoring an organization and its educational programs for youth.  We definitely “hit the jackpot” with this year’s winner!  Ryman Arts, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards semifinalist from 2012-2014 and a 2015 SoCal PBS Community Champion, is one of the top youth arts programs nationally and a model for other non-profit arts organizations.  It is the only program offering free, year-round, out-of-school advanced studio art classes of the high caliber, consistency, duration and impact in Southern California.  Because there is no charge to the students, Ryman Arts relies on funding from Foundations, Donations, and fund-raisers.  The Pasadena Art Alliance is proud to award $25,000 to help this incredible program continue and thrive.  Congratulations to all!

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.