Ryman Arts teaches classical drawing and painting
to talented and motivated high school students as a bridge to a lifetime that
expresses and appreciates the arts. Since 1990, Ryman Arts has cultivated the
talent and promise of over 26,000 youth, who would otherwise not have access to
advanced art education, through its core program and outreach efforts. The
impact is that young people use art as a tool with which they learn to believe
in themselves and their own ability to create a meaningful and viable pathway
to a successful life.
Ryman Arts, a national recognized program, offers intensive studio classes taught by master teaching artists, art supplies, college and career planning, field trips, support services, and community engagement opportunities—all at no cost to the student. Beginning with one class for 12 students in 1990, Ryman Arts has grown to 40 classes for 600 students annually, engaged 6,000+ Southern California teens in its core program, and provided outreach activities to 20,000+ inner city students. This 1½-year-long program helps students prepare for a positive future by building transferable life skills, self-discipline, and self-confidence. Classes are held at Otis College of Art & Design and at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)—both host Ryman Arts free of charge. Students come from four Southern California counties, 150+ zip codes, and 80%+ live in low-income neighborhoods where schools provide little access to art and dropout rates are high.