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History

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Fulcrum Arts is the new incarnation of Pasadena Arts Council (PAC), an art service organization originally formed in 1964 to provide resources, communication services and other support to artists, cultural organizations, audiences and visitors throughout the Pasadena area. As the first umbrella arts organization chartered in California, Pasadena Arts Council received its non-profit status in 1968.

In 2016 The Board of Trustees of Pasadena Arts Council began refining the organization’s mission to more better articulate a deep commitment to providing support directly to artists at all stages of professional and artistic development. Fulcrum Arts, the organization’s new name, was announced in 2017. The new name reflects a broader geographic and programmatic scope, and promotes an identity based around innovative community arts support that is inclusive and forward-thinking.