Side Street Projects

Pasadena, CA

Side Street Projects was founded in 1992 by Karen Atkinson and Joe Luttrell. As an artist-run organization, our mission is to give artists of all ages the ability and means to support their creative endeavors. We do this through educational programs and artist projects that nurture relationships between artists and communities to promote creativity, wellbeing and the potential for collective growth. 

We use mobility to meet folks where they are. “The Woodworking Bus” teaches children design and fabrication through tool-based curriculum.  Our teaching artists lead local 2nd graders on walking public art tours and then go into the classroom to collaborate on public art for the schools. We present community-based Artist Projects with emerging and established socially engaged artists. These projects are integrated into the free community programming offered every Saturday.