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  • The Armory Center for the Arts, housed in Pasadena’s historic 1932 National Guard Building, serves as the city’s hub for art education in its myriad forms. It originated as the education department of the Pasadena Art Museum in 1947 with classes led by artists whose teaching concepts grew out of the museum's exhibitions of modern art. This education program became known as the Pasadena Art Workshops after the museum closed in 1974. Without a permanent space for exhibitions, the workshops used professional artists as teachers and focused on the development of arts programs that presented alternative forms of learning. By working in partnerships with schools, libraries, parks, neighborhood groups, community centers, and city agencies, the museum’s programs brought the arts to new audiences – a trend that continues to this day.

    Opening in its permanent space on Raymond Avenue in 1989, the center underwent a $2.4 million transformation in 2002 to create an additional 6,800 square feet of classrooms and studio spaces for drawing and painting, digital arts, and photography. Today it offers a wide range of programs and studio classes for all ages, as well as exhibitions in its galleries, year around.  Galleries are open daily from noon - 5:00pm, and closed on Tuesdays.

  • Duff’s Cakemix is a DIY dessert design studio where the customer is the artist. 

    Your canvases are the famous, pre-baked cakes and cupcakes created by Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman. Your kit comes with colorful buttercream, flexible fondant, and tasty toppings. The studio provides the decorating tools, embellishments, and expert guidance, and customer supply the most important ingredient of all — creativity.

    Whether you want to throw an amazingly fun party, enjoy a unique and casual activity, check out a workshop, or simply grab a kit to go, Duff's Cakemix has something sweet for everyone. It’s a chance to create from your heart, with your hands; to share an experience with family and friends. Your tempting creations may be eaten quickly, but the memories will last a lifetime!

     

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