• 30 years is something to celebrate

    Where were you in the summer of 1987?

    Gas was .89 cents a gallon, a postage stamp was .24 cents and…

    Grand Performances had just launched its first season at the new California Plaza development on Bunker Hill in a very different downtown L.A.

    A lot has changed in our city and the world, but Grand Performances is still open to all.

    And our values are the same today as they were 30 years ago – diversity, inclusion, and inspiration through free arts programming.

    To launch our 30th anniversary year-end campaign, we collected our 30 favorite reasons to support Grand Performances from board, staff, social media, and audience members.

    I support GP because I believe strongly that access to the arts is a right and not a privilege (#2). And as impressive as #25 is (over 1 Million Southern Californians served), I think most will agree that #30 years is something to celebrate!

    You are invited to be part of this milestone celebration. Grand Performances must raise $30,000 by the end of our fiscal year on December 31 to make our 30th anniversary season the best ever with world-class international performing artists alongside local artists, film, dance and theater, new programming in public libraries, and artist residencies for youth – all free to the community.

    When you give a fully tax-deductible gift online at you can also share your favorite reason for supporting GP.

    Grand Performances is much more than the free concerts we provide. We are a community of people who believe the arts can bring people together in magical ways. And with your support, we’ll be celebrating global culture and each other for another 30 years.

    Warm thanks,
    Michael Alexander, Executive Director