Pasadena Art Alliance Awards $320,000 In Grants To 27 Los Angeles Area Non-Profit Arts Organizations

Published on Mar 13, 2024

The Pasadena Art Alliance, Southern California’s premier contemporary visual arts support organization, has awarded $320,000 in grants to 27 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 almost 70 years and is thrilled to announce this year’s grantees.

The PAA’s 2024 grantees include an impressive list of established and emerging non-profit visual arts organizations (Pasadena area institutions are highlighted in bold), including American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Angels Gate Cultural Center, Armory Center for the Arts, ArtCenter College of Design, Autry Museum of the American West, Benton Museum of Art – Pomona College, California Institute of Technology, Coaxial Arts Foundation, CSU Dominguez Hills University Art Gallery, Descanso Gardens, The Fowler Museum, The Hammer Museum, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (ICA LA), JOAN, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), Long Beach Museum of Art, Mount Wilson Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Pasadena City College, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, Project X Foundation for Art & Criticism, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery – Scripps College, Self-Help Graphics & Art, and the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Complete descriptions of the funded projects, which will run from March 2024 to March 2025, are available on the PAA website

“We could not be more thrilled to support these phenomenal visual arts exhibitions and projects,” said PAA Grants Chair Kirsten Molz. “The quality of the exhibitions and the creativity of the institutions and artists is very inspiring.  I want to thank my Assistant Grants Chair, Lizzie Salvati, and the members of our grants committee for their hard work and dedication, along with our PAA President, Annaly Bennett, for her guidance this past year.”

The PAA hosted its annual, festive grants reception in honor of grantees on March 12, at a private residence in Pasadena. This year’s grantees have received their funding and expressed their enthusiasm.  “We’re so grateful for the PAA’s support of our program and their support of Los Angeles-based artists making important work today, said Andrea Gyrody, Director,  Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University.  “The generous funding  provided to us will help to realize the first solo museum exhibition of sculptures and  paintings by Isabel Yellin and the production of a stunning new sculptural work by Roksana  Pirouzmand for a group exhibition about the image of the hand in contemporary art.”

Rain Matheke, of Coaxial Arts Foundation added, “Coaxial Arts’ ongoing ability to provide a  space to uplift local and under-represented artists and grow our community is what keeps us  going. The Pasadena Art Alliance’s continued support of our work and our organization over  the years means the world to us.”

The Pasadena Art Alliance biennial Benefit and Art Auction will take place on April 13,  at the Santa Anita race track to help fund next year’s grant and award programs.  Please visit the website at for more information.

About the Pasadena Art Alliance 

Established in 1955, the Pasadena Art Alliance fosters 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 funding for the annual grants and awards presented to deserving non-profit arts institutions.   

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