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.
Pasadena Language Center is the place to learn a new language while having a fun experience. The interactive classes are the perfect setting to practice as you learn new vocabulary and essential grammar rules. Students learn the tools to communicate in the language of their choice, as well as to understand cultural aspects of the target language. Staff instructors are experienced native speakers who are enthusiastic about teaching their language and are willing to share their culture. Teachers originate from China, Mexico, France, Russia, Japan, Brazil, India, and many others.
The Pasadena Senior Center is dedicated to help seniors live meaningful lives of dignity, enjoyment, and useful purpose. The Center improves and enriches lives of seniors with opportunities to be independent, celebrate life, and reach their fullest potential by providing education; social events; sports, recreation and volunteer opportunities; basic support services, including information, housing, caregivers, employment, and counseling; retirement education; and advocacy training. The center also provides client services and outreach for frail, low-income, and homebound seniors.
The Center is an independent, nonprofit agency that welcomes all members of the diverse, growing senior population and their families; it serves both those in need of basic services and those ready to use their accumulated wisdom for the good of the community.