Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture is one of PCF’s six areas of impact for local grantmaking. PCF’s grantmaking in this area of interest supports performing, visual & literary arts; arts education; historic preservation; and cultural programs that celebrate our diversity, enrich our lives, and contribute to a shared sense of community pride and identity. This area of interest is made possible by PCF Endowment Builders who are passionate about Pasadena-area arts and cultural organizations.
Rowe & Gayle Giesen Trust
The Rowe and Gayle Giesen Trust encourages the personal and emotional development of children and youth in the greater Pasadena area through experiences in the visual arts. The Giesen Trust is administered by PCF as one of the Foundation’s Funds for Pasadena, and grants are awarded annually to local arts organizations. Since its establishment in 1972, the Trust has awarded nearly $2 million to local organizations that provide visual arts experiences for children and teens.
PCF’s New Arts & Culture Grant Program
In 2023, PCF expanded its commitment to the arts with a new grant program in the area of Arts and Culture. The competitive grant program assists Pasadena’s arts and cultural organizations as they rebuild following the pandemic and reimagine their programming in line with new technology and audiences.