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.