For the Community

Community Pathways  

Everyone should have access to art. We believe it's essential to a well-rounded human experience. But, for thousands of kids who live in LA's urban sprawl, transportation is a huge obstacle. So, we bring the Armory to them.

Every day, and at no cost to participants, teaching artists from the Armory's Community Pathways initiative transform lives and communities through the power of art. They work with incarcerated teens to create vibrant murals inside juvenile detention camps. They teach graphic design at continuation high schools in Pasadena and Boyle Heights. They offer free art classes at parks and recreation centers for some of our most vulnerable community members. The Armory can do all these things for one simple reason: we have a strong community that inspires us, and we’re happy you are part of it. This is what the power of art looks like. This is your community. This is your Armory.

Do you know a child who would benefit from the Armory's free Community Pathways programs? Contact our Director of Community Programs Lilia Hernandez at or (626) 792-5101 x111


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artWORKS Teen Education Center

2914 E. Walnut St. Pasadena CA 91107

A collaboration between the Armory and Learning Works Charter School, artWORKS encourages teens from different backgrounds to express themselves through a combination of media arts and fine arts. We creatively engage teens in improving academic performance, deepening cultural awareness, developing positive social skills, and teaching creative pursuits that matter in school and in the real world.

Classes are free all for Middle School and High School Students, but registration is required. 

Classes are held at artWORKS, 2914 E. Walnut, Pasadena. Questions? Please contact Lilia Hernandez at or (626) 792-5101 x111.






 La Casita

805 N. Madison Ave. Pasadena, CA 91104

La Casita is a vibrant neighborhood center maintained by the Armory which—through the Armory and on-site partner organizations—offers a variety of programs to the Madison neighborhood community. Residents of all ages take part in art classes and participate in programs like parental training, after-school tutoring for middle school and teen students, English language classes for adults, job preparation training, and pre-school classes. Since 2010, the Armory Exhibitions Department has produced a temporary public art program in the garden in front of La Casita.

Questions? Contact Lilia Hernandez at or (626) 792-5101 x111.





Arts for Healing & Justice Network

The Armory is a founding member of this interdisciplinary collaborative of LA County-based nonprofit art organizations. Arts for Healing & Justice Network provides exceptional arts programming in order to build resiliency and wellness, eliminate recidivism, and transform the juvenile justice system. Since 2015, Armory Teaching Artists have collaborated with incarcerated teens at nearly a dozen County probation facilities to produce vibrant, collaborative murals resonating with themes of hope.

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Armory Center for the Arts gratefully recognizes the funders of its community-based programs: California Arts Council (CAC),  Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, The Green Foundation, Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture (LACDAC), Parsons Foundation, Pasadena Assistance Fund, Pasadena Community Foundation, Ann Peppers Foundation, Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts. Community Program sponsor logos


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