The Pasadena Art Alliance, Southern California’s premier contemporary visual arts support organization, has awarded $298,000 in grants to 30 Los Angeles area non-profit arts organizations. The grants will support contemporary arts exhibitions and projects in the San Gabriel Valley and throughout Los Angeles County. The PAA has been fostering the appreciation of contemporary visual art in Southern California for over 60 years, with grants totaling over $6.5 million to date.
This year’s grantees include an impressive list of established and emerging non-profit visual arts organizations, including the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), the Armory Center for the Arts, ArtCenter College of Design, Angels Gate Cultural Center, Center for the Arts-Eagle Rock, Clockshop, Coaxial Art Foundation, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Long Beach, Descanso Gardens, Hammer Museum, ICA LA, Japanese American National Museum (JANM), LA Freewaves, LACE, LACMA, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Materials & Applications, Occidental College, Pasadena City College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Scripps College, Self-Help Graphics & Art, Side Street Projects, The Industry, University of La Verne, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Women’s Center for Creative Work, and X-TRA/Project X. Complete descriptions of the funded projects, which will run from March 2020 to March 2021, are available on the PAA website.
“We are delighted to support these extraordinary visual arts exhibitions and projects,” PAA Grants Chair Clare Tayback said. “Each funded project at some level deals with the struggles of humanity so specific to our time. Art has the ability to educate us, to speak truth to power, to illuminate injustice, and after all that — to elevate us above our quotidian troubles and to remind us of the beauty in the world.” She also thanked her Assistant Grants Chair, Jennifer Baxter, and PAA President Judy Penner for their leadership and partnership in steering the grants process this year, along with the 18 “brilliant, hardworking” members of the Grants Committee.
The PAA was unable to stage its annual festive Grants Reception in honor of grantees as planned on March 31 due to COVID-19 guidelines. Instead, this year grantees received their funding via mail. “We were sorry to miss our favorite day in Pasadena celebrating with PAA members!” wrote Sarah Russin, Executive Director of LACE in Hollywood. “Your continued and loyal support of our organization is especially meaningful to LACE as one of the smaller organizations that the Art Alliance has funded. It is especially meaningful at this time of extreme stress on the arts community in LA and across the nation… The Art Alliance holds a special place in my heart and those of all my colleagues leading arts organizations in Southern California.” Leslie Ito, Executive Director of the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, echoed these sentiments, writing “Thank you once again for the PAA’s generous investment in our exhibition, for its many years of partnership, and for all that its members do to advance excellence in contemporary art in Southern California.” Funding for the PAA Grants program is generated in large part by its annual benefit. This year’s benefit, the biennial Art Auction, has been tentatively postponed from May 9 to October 3, 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Artworks donated by over 100 artists will be on display and available for purchase at the October gala. Information about the Art Auction is available on the PAA website.
About the Pasadena Art Alliance
Established in 1955, 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. Funds raised through an annual benefit and other events provide 100% of the funding for the annual grants and awards presented to deserving Southern California non-profit arts institutions.