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Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Donates $250,000 During Pandemic

Published on Friday, April 23, 2021 | 11:44 am
The Los Angeles Master Chorale, shown here in downtown Los Angeles outside Walt Disney Concert Hall, was among local music organization favored with a grant from Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. (Photo courtesy Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts)

The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts is in the process of distributing a quarter of a million dollars to 57 nonprofit community arts organizations for this year’s round of funding, the organization announced Friday.

“Undeterred by the challenges of the past year, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts continues its mission of charitable giving, announcing the recipients of its 2020/21 Gifts & Grants program,” the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts said in a written statement.

The funds are going to support music and art programs, scholarships, music therapy and music education. The funds are primarily garnered through the organizations Showcase House of Design tours, which had to be canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and moved to an online format.

“This marked the first time in 56 years the Showcase House was not open to in-person tours.,” the statement said. “The interactive virtual tour remains available for viewing to the public through May 17, 2021. Tickets are $10 through

Despite the challenges posed over the past year,  Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts President Barbara Damerel said she was pleased with the outcome.

“I am proud that Pasadena Showcase has remained committed to supporting these local music programs, in spite of the unprecedented economic uncertainty of the past year,” she said.

“While we were not able to open our doors for the 2020 Showcase House, the dedication of our members, as well as the continued support of our donors, sponsors, and most importantly, visitors, have allowed us to maintain our philanthropic mission.”

The 2020/2021 gift and grant recipients are:

Academy of Music for the Blind (Monrovia)

Alma Backyard Farms (Los Angeles)

American Youth Symphony (El Segundo)

Angelica Center for Arts and Music (Los Angeles)

Arcadia Music Club (Arcadia)

Assistance League of Los Angeles (Los Angeles)

Boston Court Pasadena (Pasadena)

Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena (Pasadena)

California State Summer School Arts Foundation (Los Angeles)

California State University Dominguez Hills Philanthropic Foundation (Carson)

Choral Parents Association (La Cañada Flintridge)

Colburn School (Los Angeles)

Crescenta Valley Instrumental Music Foundation (Verdugo City)

Elemental Music (Santa Monica)

Families Forward Learning Center (Pasadena)

Friends of SMHS Visual and Performing Arts (San Marino)

Global Arts Corporation (Los Angeles)

Grand Vision Foundation (San Pedro)

The Harmony Project (Los Angeles)

Hillsides (Pasadena)

La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation (La Cañada Flintridge)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Los Angeles)

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (Pasadena)

Los Angeles Master Chorale (Los Angeles)

Los Angeles Opera Company (Los Angeles)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (Los Angeles)

Los Angeles Youth Philharmonic (Los Angeles)

Makoto Taiko (Pasadena)

The Marianne Frostig Center of Educational Therapy (Pasadena)

Monrovia Unified School District (Monrovia)

MUSE/IQUE (Pasadena)

The Music Center (Los Angeles)

Music Heals Minds (Pasadena)

Gifts & Grants—3

The Music Center (Los Angeles)

Musyca Children’s Choir (Northridge)

Neighborhood Music School (Los Angeles)

Nevenka East European Folk Ensemble (Sherman Oaks)

Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services (Los Angeles)

Pacific Opera Project (Los Angeles)

The Pasadena Community Orchestra Foundation (Pasadena)

Pasadena Conservatory of Music (Pasadena)

Pasadena Senior Center (Pasadena)

Pasadena Symphony Association (Pasadena)

Professional Child Development Associates (Pasadena)

Salastina (Glendale)

San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus (Canoga Park)

Santa Cecilia Orchestra (Los Angeles)

Saturday Night Bath Concert Fund (Lawndale)

South Pasadena Educational Foundation (South Pasadena)

Southern California Children’s Museum (Pasadena)

Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind (Reseda)

USC Thornton School of Music (Los Angeles)

Villa Esperanza Services (Pasadena)

The Vizionz Project (Los Angeles)

Vox Femina Los Angeles (Culver City)

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Beverly Hills)

Young Musicians Foundation (Los Angeles)

More information on the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts can be found on the organization’s website at

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