Sunday, April 13, 2014

Artist Videos Focus on Public Health Crisis



The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) in partnership with Freewaves, a Los Angeles-based media organization, presents a free screening of artists’ videos, LONG LIVE LA and a panel discussion about art and health/care issues, Wednesday, April 30th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, at the new Laurie Hendricks Gallery, 1504 Mission Street, South Pasadena as part of its SPARC LAB Series.
In January 2014, Freewaves commissioned a distinguished group of artists to create videos addressing the public health crisis facing Los Angeles County for a new program entitled LONG LIVE LA. The participating artists are: Mel Chin, Yoshua Okón, Poli Marichal, Ann Kaneko, John Jota Leaños, and The Here and Now (Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr). 
Using a variety of styles, narratives, images, and music, the artists have created a total of 35 original videos addressing the issues of heart disease, obesity, mental health, lead poisoning, and overall wellbeing. From Feb. 17 through March 31, the videos were broadcast hourly on more than 2,000 LA Metro buses throughout Los Angeles County, reaching an estimated one million Metro riders daily.
“ I have always believed that art and artists are one of several solutions to community issues, and must be at the table during these community conversations”, says Howard Spector, Director of SPARC.
“Our country’s public health crisis has received a lot of attention in the traditional media, yet the problem continues to get worse,” says Anne Bray, executive director of Freewaves. “We thought that artists could bring a fresh perspective to these issues and reach people in a way that conventional PSAs and news stories do not.”
The evening will feature a panel discussion about how artists can contribute to the public dialogue about health and inspire people to embrace healthier lifestyles. 
The persuasive and compelling videos included in LONG LIVE LA suggest that artists have much to contribute. Following their run on Transit TV, the videos are now on view in waiting rooms and websites of community health clinics and health organizations throughout Los Angeles. They are available online at: and can be embedded via Vimeo at:

Ann Kaneko from the Series "Quigon"

Monday, March 24, 2014


SPARC Exhibition
@ Leisa Collins Art Studio
812 Fremont Ave, #101
South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) latest exhibition project, @ the Leisa Collins Studio will have a closing event on Saturday, March 29 from 7-9 pm, 812 Fremont Ave, #101, South Pasadena. 

This is a last opportunity to view the exhibition, enjoy drinks and snacks and meet the artists.
As part of the closing event SPARC and Leisa Collins Art Studio will present a musical concert by Aaron & Jane at 8pm.

Aaron & Jane Music draws you into an intimate reverie with their haunting sound. Aaron & Jane combines cello & guitar, creating a sweet simple acoustic sound with a homespun feel. Come and experience the fantastical world of Aaron & Jane, as they take you on a musical journey with creative stops along the way.

                                        Aaron & Jane

Curated by Leisa Collins and Howard Spector, the Exhibition features the work of Fifteen artists in different media.

They are: Michael Childs, Brian Cho, Dominique Heffley, Cathy Perlmutter, Paul Grab, Andrea Bogdan, Valerio Ventura, Vanessa Schoth, Carol Dequech, Janet Milhomme, Ashley Nunn, Garey Porter, Cody Patterson, Clare Hebert, and Michiko Ito

                                              Michiko Ito

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SPARC at Leisa Collins Art Studio

SPARC Exhibition @ Leisa Collins Art Studio

March 8 – 29, 2014

Ashley Nunn  “Creation”, 13” x 16”, Acrylic on Studio Wrap. 

South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) announces its latest exhibition project taking place from March 8 – 29, 2014 at the Leisa Collins Art Studio, 812 Fremont Ave, #101, South Pasadena California 91030, as part of the South Pasadena Spring Arts Crawl.
Curated by Leisa Collins and Howard Spector, the Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 6-9 pm 
Fifteen artists in different media were selected for this exhibition. They are: Michael Childs, Brian Cho, Dominique Heffley, Cathy Perlmutter, Paul Grab, Andrea Bogdan, Valerio Ventura, Vanessa Schoth, Carol Dequech, Janet Milhomme, Ashley Nunn, Garey Porter, Cody Patterson, Clare Hebert, and Michiko Ito.
Howard Spector is Director of SPARC and Principal of Skyework Consulting. He works with non-profit organizations on program development, planning, and arts education; and with artists on exhibitions and projects.
He received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo; is a professional visual artist and has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. His work is included in numerous public and private collections and Thistle & Weed Press published his first book of digital images, Dialog Box, a collaboration with poet Jay Brecker, in 2012.

Leisa Collins is a native of Auckland, New Zealand. She embarked on her artistic career in the late 1970′s. At the age of 17 she abandoned the confines of formal art training, opting to learn her craft by traveling across New Zealand and capturing its rugged beauty in her paintings. 
She continued her travels around the world and set up a studio in Alexandria, Virginia and became actively involved in the Alexandria community. She served as a commissioner on the Commission for the Arts, formed a community art nexus of active local visual artists, and completed a number of public art projects. She travels extensively, enjoying the freedom of making her living from her art. In 2013 Leisa decided to head west and has now made South Pasadena, California her home.

In addition SPARC will host a closing event on Saturday, March 29, from 6-8pm at the Leisa Collins Art Studio

Come out for an evening on the town, enjoy music, food and fun time and stop by to see the exhibition and also artwork by Leisa Collins. Admission to the opening reception is free as part of the Arts Crawl.  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

SPARC Juried Exhibition- Call for Entries

SPARC Juried Exhibition ~ Call for Entries! 

Opportunity for Emerging Artists
The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), in partnership with Leisa Collins Art Studio announces a series of small-juried exhibitions for emerging artists during 2014. 

The first project will not be thematic and is open to all subject matter; scheduled for March 8 - March 29, 2014 at the Leisa Collins Art Studio, 812 Fremont Ave, loft 101, South Pasadena CA 91030.  

The Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, March 8, 6-9 pm in conjunction with the South Pasadena Arts Crawl.
For Submission Requirements:


Next SPARC Lab January 15 at Eleven8 

January 15th 7-9 pm
at Eleven8, 1030 Mission St. South Pasadena




Monday, October 21, 2013

South Pasadena School Board Candidates' Responses to Arts and Culture Survey

The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), as part of its arts education advocacy effort, is pleased to serve as a partner on Arts for LA’s Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Survey Project, which invites responses from those seeking election to school boards in LA County, including the South Pasadena Unified School District.
SPARC is pleased to share their responses with you in order to help voters make informed choices on November 5th.Take a moment to read through the responses from the South Pasadena School Board candidates to better understand what they think about the role arts education plays in the lives of our young people.

Here is the link: 
The Visual and Performing Arts Policy adopted by the South Pasadena Unified School Board in 2008 states, "The Governing Board believes that visual and performing arts are essential to a comprehensive educational program and should be an integral part of the course of study offered to all students at all grade levels. The district's arts education program shall provide opportunities for appreciation, creation, and performance of the arts during the school day . . . The Board further recognizes that instruction in the arts also helps students learn initiative, discipline, perceptual abilities and critical and creative thinking skills that extend to all areas of life."
Most importantly, please vote! Elections for South Pasadena School Board will be held November 5. To check your registration or find your polling place, visit the Los Angeles County Clerk/Registrar Recorder’s website at

Lights On Party for Theatre of Terror

Here are some of the characters that attended our fundraiser "Lights On Party for the Theatre of Terror last Friday night at the Fremont Centre Theatre.

The Theatre Of Terror is open this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (24, 25, 26) from 6:30 - 11:00 pm.
Come join the fund and be very very scared!!!!!!!

Tickets are available online at for $10 or $12 at the door. Bring your Friends if they aren't chicken.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Second Annual SPARC Juried Exhibition ~ Call for Entries!

South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) announces its second annual juried exhibition, October 30 - November 30, 2013 at the So Pas Gallery.  SPARC members are invited to submit visual media work completed within the last three years for consideration. Opening reception will take place on Saturday, November 9, from 6-8pm.

Also, don't miss The Black Tongued Bells tomorrow, September 5, from 5-6:30pm, at the 3rd Annual SPARC "End of Summer Concert Celebration" on the lawn in Library Park at 1115 El Centro.

Click here for more details:

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Theatre of Terror Haunted House & "Lights On Party"

Coming Soon to Fremont Center Theatre:
Theatre of Terror  ~ A Horrifying Haunted House!

Be the first to experience the Theatre of Terror on October 18th.  Join us for a private costume party and exclusive VIP Haunted House backstage "lights on" tour event.

Click here for details on the event, purchase tickets or volunteer to be part of the event.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

SPARC Lab Kicks Off September 15th!

Introducing SPARC Lab ~ a series of bi-monthly meetings designed to bring together visual, performing and media artists, writers, designers, art lovers and those working in the industry with the goal to provide inspiration, collaboration, networking, and professional development opportunities in a fun and casual environment.

The first SPARC Lab meeting will be held Sunday, September 15th, from 7-9pm at Fremont Center Theatre.  We hope to see you there!

Click here for more information.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Aug & Spet Member Events

Check out The Black Tongued Bells at the 3rd Annual SPARC "End of Summer Concert Celebration" on September 5 from 5-6:30pm on the lawn in Library Park at 1115 El Centro.

Click below for the full list of Aug/Sept SPARC Member Events!

Monday, July 8, 2013

SPARC and Arts Crawl Events

Saturday, July 13th 5-9pm                                             Come out for the Arts Crawl, add your stories to the "Mission Street Scroll" project, help create the "Diving Into Art" swimming pool mosaic and enjoy contributing to our vibrant arts community.  Clink on the link for more info.                                                  

Monday, June 3, 2013

June & July Member Events

"Ride the High Country" Film Screening 
South Pasadena Library Event, Community Room
Thursday, June 6th, 7pm

Now considered one of the last great movie westerns, "Ride The High Country" was the film that put director Sam Peckinpah on the map. Featuring South Pasadena's own Joel McCrea  "The Last of the Great Cowboy Film Heroes." 

Master of Ceremonies will be acclaimed Cowboy Poet, Larry Maurice who will perform some of his cowboy poems too.

Check out what else is going in town in June & July!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

SPARC Stage at the Eclectic Music Festival

The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) will be hosting free events at the Fremont Centre Theatre as part of the Eclectic Music Festival on Saturday, May 4th from 2-10pm.  Click here for more details:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

SPARC April & May Member Events

SPARC @ The 5th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival

      Saturday, May 4, 2:00-10:00pm

SPARC is excited to be hosting the SPARC STAGE at The 5th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival at Fremont Centre Theatre.  At the SPARC STAGE we are planning a terrific lineup of eclectic music and spoken word performances.

Additionally, back by popular demand, we are bringing out our infamous Giant Easels for the community to come and create art. We will set up the easels outside of the Theatre and supply everything you need to be creative.  

Check out other member events in April and May.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Come Enjoy the South Pasadena Arts Crawl with SPARC!

March 2, 5-9pm
Visit the link below for a full list of SPARC & Member events taking place during the South Pasadena Arts Crawl

Including a SPARC Mixer & Sneak Preview of the Film "Voices For The Arts"
featuring local citizens, artists, performers and musicians sharing their first memories of the arts. Previews at 5:30pm & 6:30pm. SoPas Gallery,1121 Mission St.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

SPARC Art Education Advocacy YES ON S

Dear Arts Supporters, Members,
and Friends of SPARC,

As many of you know SPARC is actively engaged in support of arts and arts education in the community. As part of our plan for 2013 we will be working on supporting a more robust arts education program in SPUSD.

What you might not know is that due to the state budget crisis SPUSD last year lost the visual arts teacher at the elementary schools. The music and drama teachers were spared because the residents supported Measure S, which supplemented the SPUSD budget. This measure will expire in June.  The YES ON S committee is working hard to renew this measure and ensure that several positions, including the music and drama teachers will not be eliminated.

SPARC will be taking an official position in support of this measure and hope that many of you will support the initiative when it comes time to vote (February and March).

If you are interested in being a part of the advocacy effort and join us for a Donor Reception on January 25th, please visit SPARC-Arts-Education-Advocacy for more information.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Website Contributors Needed

Contributors Needed 

We are looking for writers to post articles, interviews with artists/art patrons, arts organizations; photographers and videographers to contribute art and cultural event images for posting on the site.
If interested please contact Howard Spector, Co- Director at

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall Arts Crawl This Weekend!

As part of the Fall Arts Crawl, join SPARC in celebrating our 1st Member Exhibit at the SouthPas Gallery at the Chamber of Commerce! Opening reception starts at 5pm.

There will also be an interactive chalk mural at the Colonial House Pre-School in the Payke Gymnastics
parking lot. Visit link below for more information.