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News and Updates

California Arts Council Supports the Pullum Center

Creativity is Californian! We’re excited to announce that the California Arts Council is supporting our work through their Creative Youth Development program.


Pullum Center Jazz Band Performs at the CA Jazz Foundation Gala


The Pullum Center Jazz Band played at the California Jazz Foundation Gala on April 30, 2022, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. The gala honored Don Was, a triple Grammy-winning music producer and President of the iconic Blue Notes Records, and John Clayton, a saxophone and flute player, jazz educator, Co-Founder of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and a touring musician with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Ray Charles, Lena Horne and B.B. King. 

New Mural


A new mural featuring Count Basie, Cab Calloway and John Coltrane was added to the Pullum Center building in celebration on Black History month in 2022. 

'Sound of Us' Screening

Fernando Pullum and Micah Heard attended a screening of Sound of Us in Costa Mesa, CA. Sound of Us is a film about the magic of music. The film includes on-camera comments from our very own Fernando, Micah, and Ian. 

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Covid 19 Testing at FPCAC 

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Graduating seniors awarded scholarships 

Sep 11, 2021 

On September 11, 2021, the Jazz Band and the Junior Jazz Band performed for a national audience of musicians, community leaders, and music suppliers at the National Black Musicians Coalition Community Summit Series Musicians for Change at Lynwood, California. Shari Belanfonte was the MC. Each of our three graduating seniors received a $1,000 scholarship for their first year of college and a pledge of $1,000 per year thereafter. They will also receive internships at Sweetwater Music and National Black Musicians Coalition. 

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Cavaliers Perform with Pullum Center

June 25, 2020

Watch the short video produced by the Cavaliers featuring the Pullum Center. 

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2020 Spring Newsletter

May 27, 2020 

Check out our latest news and announcements in the 2020 Spring Newsletter. 

FPCAC's response to the coronavirus outbreak

Mar 12, 2020 

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center (FPCAC) will be closed from March 12 - 26, 2020. No classes or performances will be held during this time. 


Please also note that our musical production Mulan is also being postponed. 


FPCAC will continue to monitor the situation and determine if further cancellation is needed.

Pullum Center featured in The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus July 2019 Newsletter

July 30, 2019

See the feature on the Pullum Center in The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus July 2019 newsletter

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Pullum Center plays at the Vail Jazz Festival

July 18, 2019

Check out the video from the Vail Jazz Festival

Pullum Center featured in the Drums Corps World article

July 18, 2019

Check out the article 'Cavaliers Perform in South Central LA' in Drum Corps World


FPCAC Students Perform at Ringo Starr's Birthday Party

July 7, 2019

On July 7th, the Pullum Center students performed an original song at Ringo Starr’s birthday party.

See the 'Ringo Starr Celebrates 79th Birthday With ‘Peace and Love’ Event – Rolling Stone' article in Rolling Stone

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2019 Spring Newsletter

March 31, 2019

Check out our latest news and announcements in the 2019 Spring Newsletter. 

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Fernando Pullum recognized as a Community Leader by California Senate

January 19, 2019

Fernando Pullum was honored with the 2019 Community Leader Award by California Senate at the Inaugural Gala for Bridging the Gap for Youth non-profit organization. 

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ABC7 Los Angeles records Pullum Center students on The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus 

January 22, 2019

The Pullum Center students record an original song in honor of #MLKDay on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus!

'Cool Kid' Micah and Fernando Pullum go to The Ellen Show!

October 24, 2018

Micah Heard appeared on The Ellen Show, while our Executive Director Fernando Pullum was in Ellen's Backstage Scares. (Fernando claims he wasn't scared!) 


Fernando Pullum named 'Educator of the Year' 

October 24, 2018

Fernando Pullum was honored as Educator of the Year by Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy (SAPPA). The event was hosted by actor/producer Dave Fennoy and featured Garrett Morris, Barbara Morrison and Glynn Turman. SAPPA, founded by jazz legend Billy Mitchell, provides music workshops for L.A. communities lacking music education opportunities, and it acts as a resource center for music scholarships, competitions and programs. 

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2018 Summer Newsletter

August 21, 2018

Read about our first annual gala and our Spring musical Sister Act 2

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