Momentous Moneymaker

Kidspace Children’s Museum kicks off $40,000 fundraiser to help mark 40th anniversary

Kidspace Children’s Museum has long been a point of pride for Pasadena, and will mark the 40th anniversary of its founding with a two-day Birthday Bash event on July 13-14. To honor its 40-year history of encouraging children’s growth and development with innovative exhibits, play-based programs, and interactive events, the children’s museum has embarked upon a campaign to raise $40,000 in 40 days.

Now through March 30, all donations made to the museum will help Kidspace provide daily access to play-based learning experiences and life-changing moments, giving children the opportunities to try new things, discover the world around them, and build self-confidence. It will also make the museum accessible to all children, including the estimated 24 percent of annual guests who have been able to visit Kidspace through free or significantly reduced-cost programs.

Kidspace will spotlight the 40th Celebration with a two-day Birthday Bash this July 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During this classic birthday celebration, guests can put on their party clothes and join the festivities, including party games and party-hat making as well as a performance and birthday treat in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater at 1 p.m.

During its 40-year history, the museum has served more than 5.5 million guests who have benefited from enriching educational experiences. The museum’s informal education environment offers self-directed play and learning, emphasizing twenty-first century skills, such as creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.

Kidspace is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-9144 or


Vibrant Visuals

Alex Theatre unveils top-of-the-line digital cinema projection system

The historic Alex Theatre has installed a top-of-the-line digital cinema projection system allowing films shot in digital format to be screened at the 1,400-seat venue utilizing in-house equipment.

The project was funded courtesy of a $75,000 grant from the Ahmanson Foundation and a $45,000 grant from The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

While the addition of the new system was crucial to the stewardship of the future, retaining the existing 35mm film projectors was vital to the preservation of the venue’s past, making the Alex one of the few venues in LA County to have in-house digital and 35mm film projectors.

The project in its entirety included renovating the theater’s projection booth in order to accommodate all three projectors in order to continue to screen films in their truest form. The new system complements the theater’s Dolby digital surround sound system.

Glendale Arts is offering an introductory rate of $1,000 for use of the top-of-the-line projector. The rate is inclusive of an operator for the equipment. For full venue booking costs and availability, visit or email Director of Marketing & Events Maria Sahakian at  


Mind Meld

The Retreat at Pacifica Graduate Institute announces major conference

The Santa Barbara-based Retreat at Pacifica Graduate Institute is pleased to announce “Art and Psyche: Conference IV, The Illuminated Imagination,” featuring the work of C.G. Jung. The main conference is scheduled on April 4 -7, and will be located at UC Santa Barbara’s University Center (UCEN) and at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum.

Pacifica Graduate Institute looks forward to engaging with leaders and communities at the intersections of psychotherapy, depth psychology, and the creative potential of the psyche. The  Art and Psyche Conference will engage the imaginative processes of psychotherapists and members of the art community to expand attendees’ understanding of depth psychology through painting, music, poetry, and literature as well as psychological theories and clinical practices.

The work of C.G. Jung, particularly through his vividly illustrated “The Red Book,” will offer a historical backdrop that continues to inspire artists and psychotherapists individually and collectively.

The conference itself will function as an emergent community through the interaction of the participants in large group plenaries, performances, small group breakouts, and workshops. Based on experiences at the three previous conferences, these interactions have a synergistic and enlivening effect on all who attend.

Information and registration may be found at the following site: