Navigating The Arts
An Introduction to Pasadena’s Arts Service and Support Agencies
The Pasadena Arts Council is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that provides resources, programs and services to artists, arts and cultural organizations, audiences, young people and visitors to Pasadena.
Pasadena Cultural Affairs is a governmental division of the Planning & Development Department at the City of Pasadena that runs Pasadena’s Public Art Program, distributes grants, and acts as support staff for the Arts & Culture Commission.
The Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission is a primary advisory body to the City Council established to bring government, the arts, culture and public sectors together for the cultural benefit of all. There are nine commissioners, one nominated by each of the seven City Council members, and two nominated by the Mayor.
The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes the arts and culture in Pasadena by encouraging cultural tourism and branding Pasadena as a vibrant cultural destination.
The Pasadena Art Alliance is an independent support group for contemporary visual art comprised of approximately 175 women of all ages who share an enduring passion for contemporary art. The Pasadena Art Alliance awards grants to arts organizations, totaling more than $3,000,000 since 1976.
The Pasadena Society of Artists is one of the original professional artist groups represented in this area whose mission is to present to the community of Pasadena and surrounding areas the works of its most talented and creative artists.
The Pasadena Arts League is a group of arts enthusiasts who meet for tours of artists’ studios, museum previews, viewings of private collections and curatorial lectures and continues to raise funds for local visual and performing arts organizations with an emphasis on programs serving young people.