Elizabeth Berry, chair of the Impact Award Committee praised the innovative contributions of Side Street Projects to the Pasadena Community. “Under the direction of Emily Hopkins, this organization has for 28 years provided contemporary art programs to the most under-resourced at risk youth in the area,” Berry said. “The committee was impressed with the manner in which students become deeply engaged with the arts by hands on projects facilitated by teaching artists.” She also praised Hopkins as “the driving force who always gets things done, no matter the obstacles. “ This year’s award of $27,500 is in addition to the $315,000 in grants awarded to arts organizations in the Los Angeles area.
Emily Hopkins, Executive Director of Side Street Projects, said of the award, “Side Street Projects is extremely honored to receive this recognition from the Pasadena Art Alliance for our work with youth. We would not be able to accomplish this deep engagement without our strong partnerships in the community and the schools. We are grateful for the collaboration that surrounds our work.”
Established in 1955, the purpose of the Pasadena Art Alliance is to foster appreciation for contemporary visual arts in Southern California by supporting artists, exhibitions, educational programs and art-oriented, non-profit institutions. Funds raised through an annual benefit and other events provide 100% of the funding for the annual grants and awards presented to deserving Southern California non-profit arts institutions. More information on all awards and grants is available on the PAA website.