About Ryman Arts

Mission: 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.

From a single drawing class for 12 students in 1990, Ryman Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has grown to 40 classes for 600 students annually. We offer intensive out-of-school studio art instruction, college and career guidance, art supplies, and support services—all at no cost to the student.

Over the past 26 years, Ryman Arts has engaged over 6,000 Southern California teens in our core program and provided outreach activities to more than 20,000 inner city students. Almost all graduates go on to college, many alumni work in the creative industries, and all are poised for personal success.

This vibrant community of culturally diverse teens comes from more than 150 zip codes across six counties in Southern California. More than 80 percent live in low-income neighborhoods where schools provide little access to art and dropout rates are high.