PCF Fund Helps Armory Center for the Arts

Online drawing class with local teens, produced in collaboration with Day One and the library.

“Art has a way of keeping our souls full,” said Leslie Ito, executive director of the Armory Center for the Arts, one of the five art organizations that recently received a Rowe & Gayle Giesen Trust grant, a Pasadena Community Foundation fund that supports visual arts experiences for children and youth.
During a typical summer, the Armory coordinates with local partners to offer free community art programs complete with free art supplies. This summer, despite the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions, the Armory has teamed with select partners –the Pasadena Public Library, Adelante Youth Alliance, Stars Tutoring Group and more – to continue inspiring young people in the world of art.
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Local Business Pair Donate $50k, Urge Others to Join Effort

As the grim reality of an unraveling economy begins to grip Pasadena, with nearly 20 million Americans filing for unemployment aid since coronavirus precautions have shut down businesses, many local nonprofit organizations have been scrambling to put emergency services into place and ramp up operations to meet the rise in needs, from food insecurity to homelessness to social services.
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It’s Armory’s Nature to Mix Arts, Environmental Education

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A PUSD 4th-grader studiously creates an image of what she has found along the trail during an Armory Center for the Arts field trip — part of the center’s Children Investigate the Environment program, a flagship partnership that has helped create environmentally conscious residents for 34 years.

On a crisp winter morning, Longfellow Elementary School student Milan Tate extended her hand, palm down, to gently sweep the overgrown buckwheat teasing the trail along the Lower Arroyo Seco as she followed her classmates — a surprisingly silent contingent of 10-year-olds — on a field trip with the Armory Center for the Arts. Continue reading “It’s Armory’s Nature to Mix Arts, Environmental Education”

Creativity Takes Shape at Armory Center for the Arts

Photo courtesy Armory Center for the Arts Armory Center for the Arts instructor Andrew Currey and John Muir High School senior Jaylin Jenkins have worked together to improve Jenkins’ portfolio so he could apply to schools, including Otis College of Art and Design, where he’s been accepted.
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Armory Center for the Arts instructor Andrew Currey and John Muir High School senior Jaylin Jenkins have worked together to improve Jenkins’ portfolio so he could apply to schools, including Otis College of Art and Design, where he’s been accepted.

Like many young artists these days, Jaylin Jenkins, 18, started out loving anime. Heavily influenced by the Japanese style of animation, he knew at just 5 that he loved to draw, and he recalls trying to mimic the characters in graphic novels, comics and movies.
Later on, at John Muir High School, Jenkins realized he really might have a shot to attend art school. As a freshman, he had won the Pasadena Unified School District’s annual “No Boundaries” student art exhibit, and Muir’s AP art instructor urged him on. Continue reading “Creativity Takes Shape at Armory Center for the Arts”

Armory Center Annual Benefit is April 14

Photo by Melissa Kobe / OUTLOOK Andy and Liz Wilson were among those who enjoyed last year’s Armory Center for the Arts benefit. The organization’s upcoming annual fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 14.
Photo by Melissa Kobe / OUTLOOK
Andy and Liz Wilson were among those who enjoyed last year’s Armory Center for the Arts benefit. The organization’s upcoming annual fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 14.

The Armory Center for the Arts will hold its annual benefit, to honor retiring Executive Director Scott Ward, on Saturday, April 14, from 6:30-10 p.m. The event will be held at the Armory at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena.
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Armory Center Annual Benefit is April 14

Photo by Melissa Kobe / OUTLOOK Harvey and Ellen Knell, Gale Kohl and Richard Frank were among those who enjoyed last year’s Armory Center for the Arts benefit. The organization’s upcoming annual fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 14.
Photo by Melissa Kobe / OUTLOOK
Harvey and Ellen Knell, Gale Kohl and Richard Frank were among those who enjoyed last year’s Armory Center for the Arts benefit. The organization’s upcoming annual fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 14.

The Armory Center for the Arts will hold its annual benefit, to honor retiring Executive Director Scott Ward, on Saturday, April 14, from 6:30-10 p.m. The event will be held at the Armory at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena.
Ward is only the second executive director in the organization’s history and has served in the role for 17 years.
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