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Arts & Music

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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Community Champions – PUSD Arts & Theatre Artist Jessica Winward

Job losses due to the coronavirus stay at home orders have far-reaching impacts. According to a recent study by the Brookings Institute, creative occupations in the fine and performing arts will be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 economy, representing roughly a third of wage employment losses – more than 2.3…...

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PEF Response Fund in Action: Arts as a Healing Community-building Strategy

With support from PEF, more than 150 Pasadena Unified elementary and secondary teachers are participating in Creative Wellbeing: Arts, Schools, & Resilience: A School-based Healing-informed Arts Education Project. Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture,…...

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A Gift of Music. Thank You.

“Thanks to the generous gift from Ms. Leslie Zasa of a beautiful looking and sounding baby grand piano, Altadena Arts Magnet is able to accompany their musical shows in true artistic style. From guest pianists to our own teachers, this piano is lovingly played and enjoyed by the entire Altadena…...

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Pasadena Art Alliance Awards PEF $20,000 Impact Award

Thank you to the Pasadena Art Alliance, for awarding PEF the 2018 Impact Award and $20,000 for our collaborative My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community program. My Masterpieces delivers a comprehensive visual arts curriculum by connecting arts-integrated classroom lessons taught by teachers in the Pasadena Unified School District with…...

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