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Active Voice Part 2:  Wellness at Home and In Community

The emergence and rapid proliferation of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 resulted in a global pandemic at a scale not seen since the Spanish flu of 1918. In the U.S. the virus came as a shock ... Read more.

2021 Virtual Benefit and Online Art Auction
2021 Virtual Benefit and Online Art Auction May 22, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Tickets are now on sale for the Armory's 2021 Virtual Benefit, hosted by KPCC's John Horn on May 22. John will moderate a not-to-be-missed salon conversation with some of the region... Read more.

Browse On-Demand Offerings

Enjoy art challenges, how-to videos, and recordings of past live produced by the Armory since COVID restrictions began.

Revisit Our Past Exhibitions

Revisit 10 years Armory exhibitions with Sarah Kathryn Arledge, Harry Dodge, Carmen Argote, Faith Wilding, Cauleen Smith, Jim Shaw, Alice Könitz, Martine Syms, Connie Samaras, Chris Burden, Robert Rauschenberg, and many more.

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The deadly shootings in Atlanta and the countless attacks on Asian American elders in communities across the nation have saddened me and triggered memories. As a child, I remember walking through a st...Read more.

On March 11, 2021, the Armory celebrated the live book launch of Sara Kathryn Arledge: Serene for the Moment, the first extended monograph on the artist produced in conjunction with the 2019 Armory ex...Read more.

Active Voice: Conversations at the Intersection of Art, Community, and Social Justice is a monthly conversation series hosted by Armory Center for the Arts inspired by the conversations and reflection...Read more.

WATCH: Virtual Exhibition Field Trips March 15, 2021
5:53 PM

Take your students on a virtual Armory exhibition tour and make art with lessons designed by Armory Teaching Artists that meet National Arts Common Core Standards.

This first round of virtual field ...Read more.

Save the Date: Summer Art Classes March 04, 2021
5:00 PM

Starting to think about summer? The Armory's summer schedule is now confirmed, so be sure to save the dates below. We have 3 different sessions for ages 3 to 18, plus one adult session. Click the subs...Read more.

This conversation between artists Dina Abdulkarim and Hugo Hopping, moderated by artist Harry Gamboa Jr. and introduced by the Armory's Chief Curator Irene Georgia Tsatsos, was recorded on February 5,...Read more.

Tanya Aguiñiga's exhibition opened in early 2020, but regrettably closed to the public only five weeks later due to the pandemic. This opportunity to experience Aguiñiga's exhibition virtually culmina...Read more.

We are pleased to announce that the Armory has received a $100,000 research grant from the Getty Foundation for From the Ground Up: Nurturing Diversity in Hostile Environments, a forward-looking ethno...Read more.

Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe has been named one of the 15 best Black art books of 2020 by Culture Type—an essential resource focused on visual art from a Black perspective that explores the inter...Read more.

Artist Tanya Aguiñiga was joined by her friend and colleague Jackie Amézquita last week for an hour-long conversation about their practices, both as individual artists and collaborators. At the center...Read more.

When Pasadena Unified School District sent students home in March, the Armory followed the District's lead. It became quickly evident to the Armory's leadership team that this pandemic wasn't ending a...Read more.

WATCH: Alison Saar Catalogue Launch October 23, 2020
12:00 PM

The Armory and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College virtual release of the exhibition catalogue Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe featured conversations with special guests, poetry readings, and...Read more.

We all have a choice and a voice! Twice a week throughout the month of August, young adults from Greater LA and across the country met via Zoom as part of a "Get Out the Vote" zine class—a collaborati...Read more.

Imagine taking your first art class... over the telephone. This is the improbable quarantine success story of "technology challenged" Phil Sanchez, a 70 year old resident of Pasadena's Heritage Square...Read more.

Join us on Thursday, August 27 at 5:00 PM PT (7 PM CDMX) for a virtual  release of the bilingual publication Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico / Más abajo que el undergrou...Read more.

Community Highlight: Daniel Williams July 28, 2020
2:47 PM

Dance for Love, Dance for Peace 

The weekend of June 22, 2020, we saw the virtual return of the Pasadena Chalk Festival, the largest event of its kind according to the Guinness Book of Records. In th...Read more.

Art for Everyone

In the 130+ days since lockdown, Armory Teaching Artists have remained resourceful, resilient, and devoted to the Armory's mission of transforming lives through the power of art. Usi...Read more.

Community Highlight: Day One July 28, 2020
2:47 PM

Community Collaboration

Armory Teaching Artist Sergio Hernandez shared this pic from his online lettering class, presented in collaboration with Pasadena's Public Library and Day One. Using watercolo...Read more.

Virtual exhibition for the Armory's Artful Connections with Math program 

During the Fall 2019 semester, Armory Center for the Arts provided a new comprehensive visual art/math integrated curriculum ...Read more.

Juneteenth July 28, 2020
2:47 PM

Come Celebrate Juneteenth!

This Friday, June 19, with a car caravan for black lives organized by our partners at the NAACP Pasadena and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Vehicles will asse...Read more.

How to Make an Origami Owl July 21, 2020
12:26 PM

All you need is scissors, markers, paper! In 12 easy steps, you'll be able to make your own parliament of owls (BTW - a group of owls is called a "parliament"). Special thanks to Armory Teaching Ronna...Read more.

Grief, Solidarity, and Respect June 12, 2020
2:12 PM

The Armory grieves the loss of George Floyd and so many others who have lost their lives to police brutality and the systemic racism that continues to plague our country. We stand in solidarity with c...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Austyn de Lugo (he/him/él) is an LA-based artist of Puerto Rican and Virgin Islander descent. Austyn is especially interested in queer and feminist theory, horror films, pattern...Read more.

Caravan for Black Lives June 02, 2020
2:47 PM

Come support this evening's "Mr. George Floyd Caravan Vigil & Peace," organized by our partners at the NAACP Pasadena Branch and the National Association of Day Laborers Organizing Network. Vehicles w...Read more.

Join us for a performance by Tanya Aguiñiga, live on the Armory’s Instagram on Wednesday, June 3 at 4:00 PM PDT.

A centerpiece of Aguiñiga's Borderlands Within/La Frontera Adentro exhibition at the ...Read more.

Faculty Feature: Andrew K. Currey May 27, 2020
10:00 AM

On May 26, 2020, we asked Armory Teaching Artist Andrew K. Currey to take over our Instagram account for the day. Here's what she shared. Be sure to follow us @ArmoryArts for future #TakeOverTuesdays ...Read more.

HOME: An Armory Coloring Book May 21, 2020
2:08 PM

This coloring book for all ages is a collaborative effort of the Armory's Teaching Artists. We invited our faculty to each create an illustration representing their personal interpretation of “Home,” ...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Jocelyn Casas makes paintings, sculptures, installations, murals, and wearables. Jocelyn's work navigates her fluid identity as a first generation Mexican-American, using both h...Read more.

How To Make Coffee Ink Art May 15, 2020
1:33 PM

Fun for all ages! Adapted from Nick Neddo’s book The Organic Artist, this Coffee Ink Art activity comes to you from Armory Teaching Artist Michelle Ohm. Tag @ArmoryArts when you share photos and video...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Grace Lacques is our resident theatrical expert. Grace began her theater studies in France, studying master Etienne Decroux's corporal mime techniques. She has taught children's...Read more.

How To Make a Fabric Mask May 08, 2020
10:32 AM

Armory Teaching Artist Denise El-Hoss has directed our letterpress studio for more than a decade. A master of the letterpress medium, Denise is also quite handy with a needle and thread. In this short...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist and ceramics instructor Elonda Norris has shown nationally and throughout Los Angeles. Using household items, furniture, and food, her artwork invites us to question our relatio...Read more.

Perfect for ages 3 to 5! Created by Armory Teaching Artist Ed Leonardi, we have some fun and simple directions on how to make yourself an animal companion including a 3D kitten or 2D puppy.

 

Loadin...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Sergio Hernandez is our resident expert on all things street art — murals, lettering, slap boards, stencils, and more. An accomplished artist and designer, Sergio teaches some o...Read more.

All the world’s a stage and we are all actors. Armory Teaching Artist and drama instructor Grace Lacques challenges you to invent a character based on this single word: HOPE. Your character will perso...Read more.

How To Hang Art April 23, 2020
1:40 PM

This handy how-to guide from the Armory's exhibitions team shows you the essential steps and simple math used by professionals to hang art. You can also use this information to securely hang other thi...Read more.

Faculty Feature: Gabriella Carboni April 21, 2020
10:00 PM

On April 20, 2020, we asked Armory Teaching Artist Gabriella Carboni to take over our Instagram account for the day. Here's what she shared. Be sure to follow us @ArmoryArts for future #TakeOverTuesda...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Sandra Gallegos asked us to share one of her favorite collages with you that she made in 2017. "I thought it would be nice for children to hunt for things," like a scavenger hun...Read more.

Matt MacFarland: 7 Cartoonists I Love April 15, 2020
4:30 PM

Armory Teaching Artist Matt MacFarland loves drawing and comics. "I went to school for art, but still made cartoons. Then I went to grad school for art. I still made cartoons...then my son was born an...Read more.

In 10 minutes, draw as many popular cartoon characters as possible...from memory! Forget about details. Be quick & loose. It's not about being "good." It's about discovering your unique cartooning sty...Read more.

For 2nd & 3rd Graders: How do artists purchase materials for creating a project? This lesson a goal is for students to work within a given budget, create proposals, purchase materials from a classroom...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Kate Lain's Cabin Fever Playlist is a crowd-sourced list of experimental films that are currently free online. Kate started the list on March 13 for her video art students at th...Read more.

For 3rd Graders: How do we use math and art to represent our living spaces? This lesson’s goal is for students to create a floor plan collage, using graph paper to calculate area and sewing with embro...Read more.

With generous support from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Armory partnered with Proyecto Pastoral, Public Works, and the Art for Incarcerated Youth Network to present art ...Read more.

If she lived during the age of smart phones, what would Sara Kathryn Arledge think of Twitter? It's an intriguing question, because decades before the advent of the tweet, Arledge wrote and archived h...Read more.

2020 Curators Award and $80,000 Grant December 18, 2018
10:05 AM

Fellows of Contemporary Art Bestows 2020 Curators Award and $80,000 Grant to the Curators at Armory Center for the Arts and Pomona College Museum of Art The Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) has awar...Read more.

Meet Our New Board Members October 26, 2018
3:01 PM

Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to announce three new additions to our board of directors. Please join us in welcoming architect Alice Fung, USC's Vice President of Admissions and Planning Katha...Read more.

Following a 6-month national search conducted by the executive search firm of Morris & Berger, Armory Center for the Arts' Board of Directors have announced that Leslie A. Ito of South Pasadena will b...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Kristofferson San Pablo will be exhibiting as part of a group show at Beyond the Streets in Los Angeles. Along with teaching an array of classes from Crazy Caricature, Anime, Co...Read more.

Throughout the month of February, and in honor of Black History Month, artist and designer Andre’ Barnwell’s African USA Flag project encourages Americans to genetically map their African heritage and...Read more.

Coachella music festival organizers Goldenvoice will debut the Arroyo Seco Weekend— with three stages of live music along with curated menus from LA’s celebrated restaurants and chefs at the Rose Bowl...Read more.

Connie Samaras
The Past is Another Planet:
Huntington Tropical Garden; OEB 7185, Octavia E. Butler and Large Tree,
Amazon River Region, July 1985.
2016
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Fine ...Read more.

Bright pink and blue chairs, a television screen, and vibrant paintings fill the “Hope Center” of Camp Joseph Scott Juvenile Hall — and for a moment it feels “normal.” The Hope Center recently welcome...Read more.

Congratulations and Celebrations, the interactive project by artist Ellen Lesperance gives you an opportunity to wear the sweater designed and knit by the artist that is currently on exhibit at the Ar...Read more.

Teen photographer Dalon Poole of Pasadena and Executive Director Scott Ward represented the Armory at the White House on November 17 to accept a major award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Since 200...Read more.

Faith Wilding Limited Edition Print October 08, 2015
5:25 PM

"...Wilding achieves a weird combination of conservative sweetness and fierceness that made me tear up when I saw the show, full of work that's been waiting to be seen for decades." — LA Weekly

"a go...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Carlos Callejo recently completed a stunning collaborative mural with 15 teenage girls currently serving time inside Santa Clarita's Scudder Detention Camp.

    • See Mural Pi...Read more.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded the Armory $120,000 to support exhibitions and related programming over the next 2 years. The Armory is the only Pasadena institution to rece...Read more.

These poignant self portraits are from a 2015 Armory exhibition of masks created by adult students from New Opportunities Charter School — a school for LA County inmates who do not have a high school ...Read more.

Kim Abeles Spruces Up Fig Leaves July 06, 2015
2:59 PM

With the support of friends, volunteers, and donors, artist Kim Abeles and her team have spent the last several weeks giving a much-needed makeover to one of Pasadena's most unusual and informative pu...Read more.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $150,000 to Armory Center for the Arts to develop, deliver, and evaluate Artful Connections with Science — a new visual arts/science integra...Read more.

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