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Arts & Music

Rise Up performed by PHS Advanced Dance Class

Pasadena Educational Foundation commissioned this dance performance in honor of educator, writer, publisher, and former PUSD Board of Education member Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy. The dance was performed in Pasadena City Hall on May 16, 2023 as part of PEF’s Celebrating Our Schools Inspire 2023 event honoring Dr. Pomeroy as the…...

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Más Puentes Menos Muros / More Bridges Less Walls

Reflections on a multidisciplinary art project at Blair High School By Sehba Sarwar One by one students’ names pop-up in Webex boxes on my computer screen. No one turns on their cameras, but in the chat, greetings appear: Buenos dias! and Hola! The only two visible faces are mine and…...

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Tenacity & Ancient Artifacts at Eliot Arts

by Marleni Jimenez, PEF Development Manager We know that not all superheroes wear capes. And when our world was flipped upside down, we witnessed the tenacity, steadfast commitment, and creativity of our teachers as they worked to ensure that our students continued to learn. As I walked into the opening…...

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ArtCenter and PEF Design Partnership Receives NEA Grant

ArtCenter College of Design Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant to Introduce Design into K-12 Education Pasadena Unified Teachers Learn Design Skills to Apply in the Classroom and Students Discover New Career Pathways in Art and Design Fields   Pasadena, Calif. – ArtCenter College of Design is pleased to announce…...

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First Time in 17 Years – Thanks to You!

This New Year’s morning we woke up to something extra special! The Pasadena Unified All-Star Band marched in the 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade for the first time in 17 years. The band is just one of the many things you make possible with your support of the Pasadena Educational…...

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Introducing the ArtCenter Design Fellowship

The Pasadena Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the second annual ArtCenter Design Fellowship in partnership with ArtCenter College of Design, ArtCenter Extension (ACX), and the Pasadena Unified School District. This opportunity introduces teachers to design-based thinking and a number of art and design disciplines that can be used in…...

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Building Bridges and Championing Art in Our Community

Recently Blair High School’s International Academy students studied with writer/visual artist Sehba Sarwar about the history of immigrant communities and race issues in the Pasadena area. Their studies culminated in the creation of original art related to their own personal experiences as refugees, immigrants, descendants of immigrants, and members of…...

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Madison Academy – The Perfect Recipe for Learning

Pasadena Educational Foundation’s “Madison Academy” was summer learning at its finest. By offering academics taught in engaging ways to imbue foundational concepts and art to empower expanding minds, students were served key ingredients for unlocking understanding. Madison Academy centered on shoring up scholastics in the morning and out-of-the-box arts in…...

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The Little Mermaid Jr. Premieres at Altadena Arts Magnet School

The students at Altadena Arts Magnet School had spent their 2019-2020 school year preparing and rehearsing for the much-anticipated musical, The Little Mermaid Jr., when the pandemic forced the world to shut down. The school had been given a grant by the Pasadena Educational Foundation to help bring the musical…...

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The Pasadena All Star Band Takes Off!

By Brianna Chu Of course, the pandemic put a pause on live performance, but you can now see the Pasadena Unified All Star Band from your home! A music video, featuring two professionally-mixed songs, was expertly filmed for its premiere on May 20, 2021. The students were treated like rock…...

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