Building community through the power of art and education.


Our mission is to build community through the power of art and education. 


Light Bringer Project is a nonprofit, Pasadena-based arts organization founded in 1990 by residents who were exploring the historic contributions that artists, architects and craftsmen made to the local environment. Inspired by these achievements, its founders imagined ways to bring more of today’s artists and their creative resources into the mainstream of community life. Today, the organization is widely known for its arts and educational programs provided to underserved youth in the greater Pasadena and Los Angeles area.

In keeping with our mission to build community through the power of the arts and education, Light Bringer Project has delivered a range of unique cultural arts programs and special events that utilize high-degrees of collaboration, volunteerism and community-wide support. For its arts and learning efforts, the organization has received the League of California Cities’ Helen Putnam Award of Excellence in Public-Private Partnership. As an arts community participant, the organization was given the Gold Crown Award from the Pasadena Arts Council and has received an award of Outstanding Service from the City of Pasadena Arts Commission.

Community Advocacy

Light Bringer Project has a policy of volunteering and supporting organizations (arts and non-arts related) and serving various sectors of the community. Many of us sit on boards of directors and committees, supporting with our energies and expertise. Tom Coston served as one of the founding board members of Leadership Pasadena, and helped steer the organization in its early years. Patricia Hurley then continued Light Bringer’s participation on the board, and as a coordinator for the annual Arts & Culture session. Light Bringer also partners with other community organizations like Villa Esperanza Services, helping individuals with special needs, and Day One facilitating youth events, such as the painting of a mural as part of Block 9 Youth Week (photo above). In this way, Light Bringer keeps the arts alive in the minds and hearts of all those who are working to build a greater community.


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This program has opened our eyes to possibilities that are out there in the creative industry. My students have matured so much through this learning process-an opportunity they wouldn’t have without L.A. Futures.
— Carla Estes, Dorcey High School Instructor
Expressing Feelings Through Art’s annual program gives high school students throughout the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley areas, an opportunity to explore their personal feelings through art.
— Pasadena Star-News
The art is underfoot in Pasadena thousands of Chalk Festival visitors enjoyed live music and watched more than 600 professional and amateur artists create colorful chalk murals on the pavement.
— L.A. Times
Doo Dah Parade didn’t get the memo that modern life is a highly managed, highly vetted affair. And thank goodness, too, because the slap-dashy delight has been doing its own thing, marvelously and messily, since 1978.
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