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Gratitude

By Diane Brigham, Executive Director

I’m grateful for Thanksgiving. Amidst the turmoil of raucous debate in our nation, I am grateful to have a formal reminder to pause for gratitude. I am more grateful than ever to do our work at Ryman Arts, because every day I see how it makes a positive difference in the world.

In visiting class over the past two weeks, I see more clearly how Ryman Arts is a haven, a safe space for our kids. We focus on the work at hand.  When there is chaos outside, the quiet focus on making art has enormous value. 

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Celebrating National Arts in Education Week

By Diane Brigham, Executive Director

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Foundersland: “Teaching Young Artists. Transforming Lives.”

By Marty Sklar – Founder, Past President, Chairman of Leadership Council

Leah and I stay in touch with our son, Howard, with a telephone call on a regular basis. Howard is an Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Helsinki; he and his family have lived in Finland for almost 20 years.

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Foundersland: “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”

By Marty Sklar – Founder, Past President, Chairman of Leadership Council

With the opening of Shanghai Disneyland, the Walt Disney Company’s 12th park around the world, my thoughts turned immediately to the genesis of the Disney Parks and Resorts. It’s easy to write about in a Ryman Arts blog, because the inspiration for our program, Herbert Dickens Ryman, was at the heart of the very beginning. And Disneyland itself is at home in Anaheim because of our co-founder, Harrison Price.

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Foundersland: “The Pursuit of Excellence”

By Marty Sklar – Founder, Past President, Chairman of Leadership Council

On June 16, I was privileged to attend the opening of the Walt Disney Company’s 12th  ”theme park” around the world. What began at Disneyland on a hot summer day in July, 1955 has now spread not only across the USA, but also to the mainland of Europe… and now Asia again, following Tokyo and Hong Kong. Shanghai, its newest location, is the largest city in China, where east has traditionally met west.

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Student Feature in the OC Register - Joseph Lee

By Shannon Huang, Development & Communications Manager

At Ryman Arts, our students are artistically gifted, ambitious, and motivated. Through the program, we see them grow as artists, as people, and many times are fortunate enough to learn of their stories. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and learn about Joseph Lee, Ryman Arts 2016 alumnus.

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From the Director: Helping our Students See

By Diane Brigham, Executive Director

A core component of Ryman Arts is of course drawing, particularly from observation.  As you can see in the exhibition now on view at Maker City LA, Ryman Arts artists can rock it. They’ve got talent, but more than that they put in hours of practice to hone that talent and sharpen those skills; and perhaps surprisingly, frequently have to overcome a lot of self-doubt along the way.

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Foundersland: “Graduation – The Face of Diversity, The Journey to Achievement”

By Marty Sklar – Founder, Past President, Chairman of Leadership Council

My big Random House-Webster's desk dictionary is almost too heavy to lift, but I still prefer my old habits – even if the Google definition is almost identical (wonder where Google got theirs?).

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