The Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization that has contributed to and paid the Arcadia Unified School District $882,277 since 2012. The Foundation’s mission is to support the Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center, arts education in the Arcadia Unified School District, and advancement of all arts in the west San Gabriel Valley.

Paul Anka, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Four Tops, Temptations, Vicki Lawrence, Air Supply, Steve Tyrell, Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin, Daniel Ho, Golden Dragon Acrobats, and many other world-class artists presented by the Foundation have helped raise funds for arts education, and provide opportunities for young people to develop professional resumes.

State funding is simply not sufficient to provide all the arts programs that students need and deserve. The Foundation’s festivals, gala concerts, Arcadia Classical Series, and family series advance arts and culture in Arcadia, integrate students in professional programs and elevate the region as a cultural mecca. The Arts Ambassador volunteer program, ArtWork college internships, and summer Theatre Arts Academy hosted by AEF help identify and cultivate young talent. In 2019, we were awarded by the Forbes Non-Profit Council for our positive impact on the community.

Tickets cover just a small portion of expenses. Your involvement directly shapes the future of arts excellence in our region. Thank you for joining the movement to make arts for every child possible, and for bringing world-class experiences to the community!

Highlights of our arts education support:

  • Refurbished and donated Steinway piano to the Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)

  • Donated wireless microphones and lighting distro for moving lights to the PAC

  • Donate annually to Arcadia Music Symposium band summer session

  • Donate annually to Orchestra Benefit Dinner fundraiser

  • Donate annually to Orchesis Spring Dance Concert

  • Donate annually to fall play and spring musical fundraisers

  • Donate publicity of school groups and AEF Theatre Arts Academy

  • Donate diversity marketing and increased direct donations to school groups

  • Donated towards new choir uniforms and on-campus training with LA Opera

  • Donated towards orchestra classroom sound panels

  • Donated towards black box theatre light installations

  • Donated towards new Apache News broadcast desk

  • Integrated Arcadia High School Orchestra students with Grammy Award-winning artist Daniel Ho concert

  • Integrated Arcadia High School Orchesis with Voice finalist Chris Mann gala, and America’s Got Talent finalist DIAVOLO

  • Integrated Arcadia High School Theatre with Broadway star Susan Egan concert

  • Integrated Arcadia High School Chanteurs with professional Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra

  • Integrated Arcadia High School Pep Band & Percussion in professional concerts

  • Integrated First Avenue Middle School Music Club in festival performances

  • Integrated Longley Way Elementary School GLEE Club in professional performances

  • Integrated Arcadia High School Advanced Video Production in filming and editing professional events

  • Integrated Arcadia High School Digital Communications Interns in covering professional events

  • Integrated Arcadia High School English Department in poetry slam competition

  • Submit grants on behalf of school arts programs and PAC technical upgrades

  • Provided $15,600 in scholarship prizes to Arcadia High School students

What the Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation and its board have done to bring our community together and give students professional experiences is truly extraordinary.
— Congresswoman Judy Chu, 2018 Arcadia Americana Festival