Galleries open 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Closed Tuesdays and holidays
Admission is always free


The Armory Center for the Arts is a nonprofit, community-based organization that exists in large part because of the generosity of our members, sponsors, and volunteers. Thanks to you, we are able to live up to our mission to provide a creative exchange of ideas in art through community-based programs, education, and exhibition for art students. If you would like to get involved with contemporary art, there are many ways in which you can express your support:



Armory Membership

Join a vibrant family of Armory members, while supporting our programs and giving back to the community. Members enjoy special access to the Armory year-round, including studio class discounts, exhibition previews, curator-led walkthroughs, and much more. Armory members also enjoy free access to hundreds of museums nationwide, including MOCA, the Frick collection and the Walker Art Center, through the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association.

You Make A Difference

Your membership contribution supports the Armory’s mission to build on the power of art to transform lives and communities through creating, teaching, and presenting the arts. Nonprofit and donor-supported, Armory Center for the Arts is the region’s leading independent institution for contemporary art exhibitions and community arts education. The Armory believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a healthy civic community.

Your membership enables the Armory to offer contemporary art exhibitions and performances; visual arts integrated lessons in public classrooms; year-round community programming at accessible sites across the region; and studio art class scholarships, all at no cost to our community.




Our volunteers are among our most valuable resources. Volunteering provides a rewarding opportunity to share your passion for the arts with others. Volunteers are needed throughout the year for various projects, so it's never too late to participate!

Teen Volunteers: If you are under 18 and looking for a volunteer opportunity, please come in to the Armory to pick up a student volunteer packet from our Studio Department in the front office. We cannot accept online applications for Studio teen volunteers.  

Thank you for your interest in volunteering in the Armory Studio program. This is an ideal internship for students who are interested in education, art, or working with children. Volunteer interns assist professional teaching artists in classes with children ages 3-11. Your assistance will greatly benefit the teachers and students who come here for their art experience. Ceramics, Stop Motion Animation, Drawing & Painting, Drama, Sculpture, and Photography are just a few of the many classes offered. This is an unpaid internship.

    • Fall, Winter, and Spring are ten week sessions
    • Spring 2019 Session Dates: April 8-June 17. Review Spring volunteer information here
    • Summer 2019 Session Dates: July 1- August 23. Review Summer volunteer information here

Adult Volunteers: If you are 18 years or older and would like to volunteer, please fill out a volunteer application form. We often need volunteers for our benefits, events, leafletting, and much more. After submitting your form, our volunteer coordinator will contact you to discuss your schedule and our various volunteer opportunities


"We had our wedding rehearsal dinner at the Armory and it was fantastic! The staff was incredibly helpful and made it easy to coordinate exactly what we wanted. The space was perfect for dinner, socializing, and a dance party. We loved the laid-back atmosphere, and it was a bonus to support a good cause in the process." — Casey and Pat

Looking for an uncommon venue for an upcoming celebration or convening? With competitive rates and stunning architecture, Armory Center for the Arts is a hidden gem in Old Pasadena that's available for your next function. Unlike other venues, your rental fee directly supports world-renowned contemporary art exhibitions and free art education for at-risk kids. Perfect for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, retirement parties, family gatherings, memorial services, filming locations, photo shoots, corporate retreats, screenings, symposiums, panel discussions, book launches, poetry readings, and much more. Armory Center for the Arts is a nonprofit, donor-supported organization.

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Thank You

Each year the Armory brings the power of art into the lives of thousands of individuals through education and exhibition programming. A host of government agencies, private foundations, and corporations provide essential support to sustain the quality and reach of Armory programming. The Armory community extends our thanks to the following institutional funders:


California Arts Council
California Natural Resources Agency
City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs
City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division
Duarte Unified School District
Institute of Museum and Library Services
LA Unified School District Arts Education Branch
LA Unified School District
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Pasadena Department of Public Works
Pasadena Water and Power
Pasadena Unified School District


The Ahmanson Foundation
Z Clark Branson Foundation
E.A. & M.L.A. Burke Foundation
Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
Michael J. Connell Foundation
Eisner Foundation
The Getty Foundation
Rowe and Gayle Giesen Trust
W.M. Keck Foundation
National Charity League of San Marino
Pasadena Art Alliance
Pasadena Arts League
Pasadena Community Foundation
Pearlman Geller Family Foundation
Ann Peppers Foundation
The Georgia B. Ridder Foundation
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
The Rose Hills Foundation
Sahm Family Foundation


Amazon Smile
John Caldwell Design
Capital Group Companies
East West Bank
Everson Royce
Gales’s Restaurant
Jones Coffee Roasters
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Vroman’s Bookstore

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