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Pasadena Playhouse Awarded California Arts Council Grant

State funds support attendance at performances and exhibitions for students with limited access

Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | 4:58 pm

The California Arts Council announced its plans Tuesday to award $15,300 to Pasadena Playhouse, The State Theater of California as part of its Arts Education: Exposure program.

As a segment of the California Arts Council Arts Education grant opportunities, Exposure grants support attendance at performances and exhibitions for students who may otherwise have limited access to these experiences. The impact of student attendance at these events is complemented by pre- and post-attendance activities.

Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse, says, “At Pasadena Playhouse, we believe that theater not only has the power to change lives but also to build stronger communities. Through Community@Play, Pasadena Playhouse provides thousands of underserved students access and exposure to an enriching professional theater experience. Community@Play serves participants of all ages by removing the barrier of cost and partners with Title I schools, at-risk youth and social service organizations.”

Pasadena Playhouse, The State Theater of California, is one of 113 grantees chosen for the Arts Education: Exposure program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council.

“Studies have shown that projects like the Pasadena Playhouse’s Community@Play that offer real-world, authentic interaction with the arts have a rewarding effect on learning ability,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “These early life experiences can spark interests, provoke thought, and build a student’s capacity for success. The path of what’s possible is widened by every opportunity to step outside the familiar.”

To view a complete listing of all Arts Education Exposure grantees, visit .

Pasadena Playhouse is a place where people have gathered for 100 years to experience bold and important theater. It is one of the most prolific theaters in American history with a legacy of profound theatrical impact and courageous new work. As the state theater of California, the mission of the Pasadena Playhouse is to enrich people’s lives through theater, community programs and learning.

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at







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