Our Town

City of Pasadena, California Cultural Affairs Division

Pasadena, California

$100,000

2014

The NEA grant will support My Pasadena: Arts and Community Activating the Civic Center. Through a series of temporary artist-led public art projects and arts education programs, artists will engage community members in exploring the meaning of civic engagement and the role of the Civic Center in the life of the city. Project partner Side Street Projects' mobile outpost in the Civic Center will serve as headquarters for the artists' projects. The Pasadena Central Library's "We the PPL" program will document and archive images and stories that influence the development of permanent public art and arts activities at the Civic Center. My Pasadena is a key element of the City's 2013 Public Art Master Plan. Additional project partners include Pasadena Heritage, Northwest Commission, Pasadena Unified School District, and The Armory Center for the Arts. This project will serve the minority Northwest community (including schoolchildren) and the 24,000 visitors and workers in the Civic Center area.