2024 Arts & Culture Grants Announced

A theater cast in full costume and makeup and moody light line the stage in rows looking intensely at the camera. A Noise Within has received a second Arts & Culture Grant award from Pasadena Community Foundation. Pictured is this year’s production of “Sweeney Todd.”

Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) is proud to announce the nonprofit recipients for its 2024 Arts & Culture Grant Program. The 16 selected nonprofits represent both emerging and established organizations, and the grants, totaling $302,000, provide flexible support in addressing ongoing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.  See complete list of 2024 Arts & Culture grantees below.

PCF is grateful for the generous support of 14 families who have established endowments for the arts, which provide core funding for this grant program. Moreover, for a second year, arts patrons Terri and Jerry Kohl augmented PCF’s funding with a $100,000 gift, allowing the Foundation to expand its grant assistance to more organizations.

The High Notes is a program offered by Pasadena Master Chorale for middle school singers from the Pasadena area. It has received a PCF Arts & Culture Grant award for a second year.

A Creative, Determined Recovery

This year’s Arts & Culture funding supports a range of programming and organizational needs. Light Bringer Project’s Locavore Lit and The High Notes of the Pasadena Chorale will continue programs that bring the arts directly into PUSD classrooms. Boston Court Pasadena will stage a new production, while Parson’s Noise Theater will grow its Reader’s Theater Series through the work of women and Latinx playwrights. The Mt. Lowe Chamber Players and MUSE/ique will expand concert offerings for the community. PCF also welcomes two organizations that are first-time PCF grantees: Sierra Madre Playhouse and Nancy Evans Dance Theatre.

Together, these organizations represent a sector that is working through the challenges of pandemic recovery to expand capacity, diversity, and audience support.

“We recognize that for our arts organizations, this post-Covid period continues to be complex, and we are committed to providing flexible support that can be used in a way that organizations see fit and that strengthens their unique missions,” says PCF Program Director Jeannine Bogaard. “The arts are so important to the Pasadena area, and we are proud to help maintain their vibrancy in our community.”

The Arts & Culture Grants are part of a long history of the Foundation’s support for the arts. PCF’s first arts grant was in 1973, and since that time, with the help of PCF donors and Endowment Builders, it has awarded more than 500 grants totaling more than $3 million to local arts and cultural organizations. Read more about PCF’s impact in the area of Arts & Culture.

2024 Arts & Culture Grantee Organizations

A Noise Within
Armory Center for the Arts
Boston Court Pasadena
Fulcrum Arts
Light Bringer Project
Mt. Lowe Chamber Players
Nancy Evans Dance Theatre
Parson’s Nose Theater
Pasadena Master Chorale
Pasadena Pro Musica
Pasadena Symphony Association
Side Street Projects
Sierra Madre Playhouse
Soul Force Project