The California Arts and Crafts Movement traces its roots along the banks of the Arroyo Seco back to the 1890’s. This natural landscape has inspired the works of Franz Bischoff, Jean Manheim, Edgar Payne, and Hanson Puthuff among many others. In 2000, the Pasadena Garden Club sponsored “Vistas of Historic La Casita and the Arroyo” which was a one-day opportunity at La Casita for artists of the California Art Club to display and sell their work to the public who had paid a small admission price to view it. Through the continued leadership of Elaine and Peter Adams of the California Art Club and the support of La Casita Foundation, in 2007 and 2008, artists such as Peter Adams, Tim Solliday, William Stout and others have come to spend a week to “Paint Out” in the Arroyo. At the end of the week, they are invited to sell their work at La Casita for their own benefit and in support of the California Art Club and La Casita Foundation. The affiliation has been profitable for all. It is worth recollecting that the first art exhibitions at La Casita were held upon its opening in 1933.
In April of 2008, the nomination of the central and lower arroyo seco in which La Casita is situated, by Pasadena Heritage to the National Register of Historic Places was approved by the State Historical Resources Commission.
The Foundation celebrated the 75th anniversary of the creation of La Casita on October 5, 2008. The Mayor of Pasadena, Isabelle Greene, Eudie Moore, members of the Foundation, Garden Club and Art Club were on hand to hear the Mayor proclaim:
“I, Mayor Bill Bogaard, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby salute The Garden Club and La Casita Foundation for their generous contributions over the years and celebrate La Casita as an outstanding public/private partnership and an extraordinary resource for generations of Pasadenans still to come.”