The ArtCenter Hillside Campus from the South East
  Art Center College of Design  Pasadena, CA, United States. 1975  Architect: Craig Ellwood

Before Our Campus


We acknowledge that ArtCenter College of Design sits on the land of the Hahamog'na Tongva people, who historically inhabited the San Gabriel Valley area around present day Pasadena and Altadena. We honor their connection to this region and give thanks for the opportunity to live, work and learn on their traditional homeland. Please take a moment of silence to pay respect to their Elders and to all Gabrielino and Tongva people past and present.

ArtCenter will foster a relationship with the Tongva, Native Americans who historically inhabited the San Gabriel Valley area.


Christopher Nyerges provides an overview of the material and social life  of the Tongva people along the Arroyo Seco and shares some of their agricultural practices.

(courtesy of KCET)

Mapping the Tongva Villages of L.A.’s Past

(courtesy of LA Times)

Saki Mafundikwa & Sadie Red Wing on Decolonizing Design