One Month Left to Submit for BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena

Published : Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 2:23 PM

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Old Pasadena is looking for artists, architects, designers, and urban enthusiasts – the deadline is soon approaching to submit for the second annual BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena!

Scheduled for May 12, 2018, the event takes place throughout Old Pasadena’s public spaces and will feature outdoor, site-specific installations that are bold – in color, scale, and the use of unique materials. One dozen awards will be granted for the 2018 event: Four $1,000 awards and eight $500 awards. The deadline to apply is February 23, 2018.

The first edition of BoldPas, in August 2017, was filled with fantastic community spirit, bright color, and thousands of visitors. Old Pasadena alleys were filled with seasoned art lovers, 20-somethings with cameras in hand, families with young children, and visitors happy to be out on foot on a warm summer day.

BoldPas is a great opportunity for young, up-and-coming artists who seek exposure and want to build their professional resumes; experienced artists are encouraged to apply too. Artists are on site throughout event day to greet visitors and answer questions. The selected artists from BoldPas 2017 reported how much they appreciated interacting with the crowds during the event and seeing how visitors interpreted and interacted with their works – they noted this is an opportunity missed when work is displayed in a gallery or museum.

Come be part of a colorful and playful day in Old Pasadena! The Artists Call for Submissions is posted online at; entries must be received by 5:00 p.m., February 23, 2018.

For more information, contact Janet Swartz or Sarah Hilbert at

About Old Pasadena

Old Pasadena is the original downtown of Pasadena, home to the Tournament of Roses and located just ten miles from downtown Los Angeles. This 22-block National Register Historic District is internationally recognized as a shining example of urban renewal. Old Pasadena is one of the premiere shopping and dining destinations in the country featuring a cosmopolitan mix of 200 retail shops and specialty boutiques, as well as 100 restaurants, cafés, and entertainment venues. This architectural gem is pedestrian friendly and provides convenient parking and easy access to public transportation, served by major bus lines and two Metro Gold Line stops.








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