About US

The South Pasadena Arts Council, SPARC, provides interactive art projects, visual

and performing arts programs, and collaborations with local businesses, the South Pasadena Unified School District and community organizations.

The South Pasadena Arts Council believes that the arts enrich our lives and are vital to the social, educational and economic well-being of South Pasadena.

SPARC is open to all artists, actors, musicians, playwrights, directors, producers, set designers, costume designers, dancers, singers, storytellers, writers, art lovers, art patrons, and anyone who wants to help the arts survive and thrive in South Pasadena.


SPARC advocates for and promotes the arts in order to recognize local artists as a rich resource within our city and build appreciation and understanding of the value of the arts within the community.



Howard Spector is the Principal of Skyework Consulting, and consults with non-profits on program assessment, planning and arts education and has been a panelist for the US Dept. of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served as the Executive Director of PS Arts, as Director of Education at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, VP for Education at Americans for the Arts, Cultural Arts Manager for the City of Manhattan Beach, and Executive Director of two non-profit photography organizations. He and has been involved in arts and education for over 30 years.

Margo Newman has over 20 years experience in feature film, television, and stage production, writing, and directing in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. She has produced films, television series, shows and segments for such organizations as PBS and The Discovery Network. Ms. Newman has worked in both the field and in the studio. Her experience ranges from narrative to historical fiction to non-fiction/documentary.


Lissa Reynolds is an actress, president of the California Performing Arts Centre, and co-artistic director of the Fremont Centre Theatre. Lissa was a recent 29th District Congressional Woman of The Year, has received a Gold Crown Award from the Pasadena Arts Council, recognition awards from Women At Work, Women In Theatre, two PTSA Distinguished service awards and most recently an Image Award from the Mayor of South Pasadena.

Interactive Events Coordinator

Karen Cooper, has been living happily in South Pasadena since moving here from Brooklyn, New York last March. There, she was a stage director, teaching artist, and the Producer/Director and frequent host of KidZone TV, a live and interactive closed circuit television channel inside Mount Sinai's Children's Hospital.  Currently she is the Theatre/Media Arts Manager for The Art of Elysium where she is creating live and interactive studios within hospitals around Los Angeles.

Communications - Design, Web Coordinator

Victoria Arriola, Creative Director, designer and visual artist of 20 years and SP resident. Owner of ArriolaCREATIVE, a visual communications studio, an Adjunct Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Roski School of Fine Arts, Co-Administrator for AIR, Artist in Residence Program through the South Pasadena Arts Center (SPACE), Arts for All committee member, SPEF/South Pasadena Educational Foundation board member, and Chair for the SP Visual Arts Advisory Committee. Recipient of Marketing Maestros Award from the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

Art Events Coordinator

Hope Perello, a resident of South Pasadena and a former filmmaker, the owner of SPACE, South Pasadena Arts Center and Co-Administrator for AIR, Artist in Residence Program. SPACE is a community arts center comprised of a fine art gallery celebrating local artists, and a studio offering arts education opportunities for children and adults.

Theatre Events Coordinator

Lynn Olson has been the Elementary Drama teacher for SPUSD for 7 years. She studied Educational Theatre at New York University and photography at Ohio State University and has a B.S. in Speech Education and Communication Arts and accreditation in Learning Disabilities, from Capital University in Columbus Ohio. She has produced and directed over 30 plays and musicals, and also teaches privately in South Pasadena and Altadena. 

Music Events Coordinator

Walter Zooi is the founder and director of the South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory, a music school that serves approximately 400 students weekly and presents over 100 concerts a year.  Prior to opening at the Conservatory, he held positions at the USC Thornton School of Music, California Institute of the Arts and was Executive Director of the California Outside Music Association.  Walter is also active as musician and composer.

Literature Events Coordinator

Steve Fjeldsted has been a Librarian for over 30 years and the South Pasadena Librarian for more than 3 years. Steve is on the Advisory Committee of the California Chapter of Poets and Writers and has served on the Literature Alive! Board. In 2007, he was honored by the San Jose State Library as one of the top 40 graduates in the department’s 40 year history and in 2008, he was recognized at the 4th Annual South Pasadena Arts Benefit for cultural leadership.

Public Relations Coordinator

Lynne Heffley is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, a freelance writer for various publications and non-profits and children’s music critic for the Parents’ Choice Foundation. She is also co-founder of the Journalims Shop, a freelance cooperative consisting of ex-LA Times professionals available to nonprofits and businesses for reporting, design, editing, PR, marketing, research and special projects.

Consultant to South Pasadena Council

Terry LeMoncheck has worked in arts management in the Los Angeles area for 20 years, and is currently the Executive Director of the Pasadena Arts Council. She held administrative positions at the 1993 Los Angeles Festival, The Music Center of the LA County and at Center Theater Group. She has worked independently on projects for USC’s, Annenberg School of Communication and Art Center College of Design. She also serves as Director of Art & ideas, the biennial citywide arts and science collaboration in Pasadena.

drawing by Liz Reday